The instruments -- uprights, grands, baby grands, toys -- are all things to all performers. Chen plays them, Coraline's nameless cat friend (Julian Fleisher) perches sarcastically on them, and when the actors need noises like creaking doors or scurrying rats, they use everything from the scraped strings to drumsticks on the keys as Foley. The resulting atmosphere is so scary that reactions from kids in the audience range from thrilled to worried.2. Here's three positive reviews of the Coraline musical on Twitter.
3. Elementary school kids draw Coraline book covers.
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