“Chuggington” coming to the Long Center

Jonathan Ramos plays Eddie in the live-action version of "Chuggington."
Jonathan Ramos plays Eddie in the live-action version of “Chuggington.”

The Disney Junior train show with Wilson, Koko and Brewster trains brings a live-action story to the stage at the Long Center on Sunday. We talked to Jonathan Ramos, who plays the mechanic Eddie, about what audiences can expect from the show:

“Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure!” promises to provide a “traintastic” time. In the story, the trainees have begun their advanced training and they have to impress their mentors with courage, speed and determination as they try to get up Rocky Ridge Mine. When Koko gets in trouble, her friends come to her rescue.

When the trains, which are adult-size, appear on the stage, kids are often awestruck. “It’s more of an ‘ooh’ rather than screaming,” he says. “There’s so much for them to take in. They really believe the characters are in front of them. They don’t second-guess it.”


Kids can identify with Eddie and the trains because learning new things don’t always come easy to them.

“He doesn’t necessarily have it all together,” Ramos says of his character, but, “he tries his

"Chuggington Live!" is coming to the Long Center on Sunday.
“Chuggington Live!” is coming to the Long Center on Sunday.

best. He loves what he does and that’s so important.”

Ramos, 28, loves the energy of performing in front of children and has been doing it for five years. “They are in awe more than adults,” he says.

At the show, kids can sing and dance along with the trains. “They have lots of fun … and cheer us on and really be a part of being in Chuggington.”


Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure” rolls onto the stage 2 p.m. Sunday. $19-$39. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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