Dance with Elmo, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster and more at this brand-new, rockin’ Sesame Street Live performance. 

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Getting to Sesame Street is easier than you think; it will be at Cox Convention Center Friday-Sunday with Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! Grab the kids, nieces and nephews, or your own inner child — everyone loves to see Sesame Street.

Using high-energy dance routines and songs, this multi-million-dollar tour production showcases Broadway-style music; fun scripts; and stellar set design, costumes and lighting.

Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! is a super-interactive show. That’s what’s so special about it,” said performer Molly Faith Jackson, whose character is Zoe, a 3-year-old girl monster. “The characters try to get into the audience as much as possible to dance and interact with the kids.”

Jackson has a BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the University of Oklahoma and has been touring with the group for more than a year.

“I have been really fortunate to portray a character that personifies my own personality,” Jackson said. “[Zoe] is imaginative, and I can really see a 3-year-old Molly in Zoe. She is so much fun, she brings a lot of energy to the stage and a lot of kids relate to her because she loves to dance.”

Zoe’s character gets so very excited at times that her words cannot get out fast enough.

The production is big and pays a lot of attention to detail. Big Bird’s costume is made from 4,000 custom-dyed yellow turkey feathers hand-sewn to yellow fabric. Fifteen yards of fabric stitched in seven separate layers form Zoe’s tutu alone. A typical tour includes 25 people: 8 crew members, 14 performers, a company manager, an assistant company manager and a performance director. To get from city to city, the scenery and costumes are carried in two 48-foot semitrailers.

The bright and colorful scenery features the classic Sesame Street street itself, an alphabet scene and neon light scaffolding. These are the backdrops for Elmo’s song “Do the Robot,” as Cookie Monster teaches all “feets” to dance and Ernie’s “Shake Your Head One Time” song.

“I love seeing the kids’ interactions with the characters and how the parents and grandparents react to their kids. Sesame Street has become multi-generational,” said Jackson.

It’s not surprising that the show spans generations, as Sesame Street and the Muppets first premiered in November 1969.

Jackson is thrilled to be back in Oklahoma City to perform.

“The show is a great opportunity to build memories and bond families together,” she said.

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