Parents and grandparents who grew up on a Casey Kasem voiced Shaggy on Scooby-Doo had the opportunity to bring their children to this generation's interpretation of the character at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
On Tuesday, the arena hosted "Scooby-Doo Musical Mysteries Live on Stage," a musical performance of the hijinks Scooby-Doo has always gotten into. As expected, the crowd was overrun with anxious children accompanied by adults.
However, to say that the adults weren't excited as well would be a mistake.
"We have been excited about this show since we got up this morning," said Sue and Bill Boneberg, who attended the show with their granddaughter, Madyson Burgess. Madyson was celebrating her fifth birthday. "When we got up this morning, we watched previews of the show on the Internet. We were the second people through the door when the arena opened."
Mostly, the Bonebergs were excited because they had to opportunity to bring Madyson to a large-scale, family-oriented event without having to travel.
"We have a 3-year-old at home who is not ready for something like this, but she would love to see a show like this featuring Sesame Street," said Ms. Boneberg. "We would absolutely love to be able to bring her to something like that."
During the time leading up to the beginning of the show, the excitement of the crowd was palpable. While the children were excited to see one of their favorite cartoon characters in person, the adults were mostly happy to see their children's anticipation.
In fact, the most common response to "Would you return with your child to see another show such as this?" was, "absolutely."
"I saw the sign on the outside of the arena and asked my grandchildren if they would like to go," said Lori Peterson, who attended the show with four grandsons. "The answer was obviously, yes. They're big Scooby-Doo fans and wouldn't have missed this show for anything. Normally we have to drive all the way out to Shea's (Buffalo) to see shows (such as this). We would not hesitate to come back to a show such as this at the arena."
"Absolutely," said Becky and Sam Gafner, who attended the show with their daughter, Riley. "In fact, we had to keep what was going on a secret because we were afraid if he told (Riley) what was happening she'd be so excited she wouldn't take a nap tonight. The last time we went to an event like this for our child was to see the Lipizzaner Stallions in 2009."
Perhaps the most interesting facet of the show was that, with the exception of the Gafners, no one else interviewed had ever attended a show at the arena before - mostly because nothing before had ever interested them. However, everything about Scooby-Doo, from the price of admission, to the seating arrangements, to the concessions, seemed to please those interviewed enough that all agreed they would happily come back to a similar event.