The love K.J. Williams Jr. developed as a child for Sesame Street and Disney characters has never gone away.
“I grew up watching Sesame Street and watching Disney movies,” said Williams, who will play Elmo in “Sesame Street Live: Let’s Party!” on March 31 at Bell Auditorium.
Williams, a native of Baltimore, has a background in hip-hop dance. He worked in entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort, where he was part of the “Dream Along With Mickey” show and in the Christmas parade at the Magic Kingdom.
Since 2008, he’s been part of Feld Entertainment, which produces live productions such as “Disney on Ice,” “Disney Live” and “Sesame Street Live.” Prior to “Sesame Street Live,” he was part of the casts of “Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show” and “Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic.”
“I’ve loved every second of it,” said Williams of his performance career.
“Sesame Street Live: Let’s Party!” is a high-energy, interactive show with all the favorite “Sesame Street” characters including Big Bird, Rosita, Oscar the Grouch and Grover. There’s a party on Sesame Street, and audience members get to choose the party’s theme.
Children can interact with the characters of Elmo and Rosita during a snowball scene where they come into the audience and throw fake snowballs into the crowd.
Williams said he enjoys doing the children’s shows because the audience is always excited about the performers. While Elmo is a fan favorite, he’s not the only one who gets applause and cheers.
“They love it. Not just Elmo and Rosita, but Cookie Monster and the rest,” he said. “The audience sings along to the 123 Sesame Street songs. They join in when Oscar sings ‘I love trash.’”
And there’s not just the stage show. There’s a preshow where audience members can take an on-stage tour of the set, take a photo with a Muppet and meet Big Bird.
Williams said shows like “Sesame Street Live” are great because not every family can take a trip to an amusement park such as the Magic Kingdom, but the performers can bring a little bit of magic to their audiences across the country.
Shows will be at 2 and 6 p.m. with the doors opening at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $22-$52 with group discounts available. Anyone older than 1 year old must have a ticket. For ticket information, visit augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.