2017 Season

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

February 22-24 & 27-Mar 1  **  Primary grades 1-3  **  by Dallas Children's Theatre, Dallas TX

When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro's pride and joy, his two daughters (who are of very different dispositions), travel a half day's journey through a mystical jungle and across a deep river to be presented to the king. Along the way the two girls encounter a number of situations that test their courage, kindness and strength of spirit. This Caldecott Award-winning Cinderella tale combines authentic African drumming, powerful and majestic choreography, and original music.

Peter Rabbit Tales

March 6-10  **  Primary grades 1-3  **  by Enchantment Theatre Company, Philadelphia PA

This original adaptation was commissioned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of British author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter. The production draws on three of Potter's 23 stories: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, and The Tale of Mr. Tod.  The new storyline has Peter and Benjamin, now grown-up, off on an adventure -- to rescue baby bunnies stolen by the nasty badger. Along the way, they recall their childhood misadventures in flashbacks, and are helped by Squirrel Nutkin, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, the kindly hedgehog. Enchantment Theatre uses life-sized puppets, fantastic costumes, masks, mine, magic, dance and original music to tell its narrated stories.

Wings of Courage

March 20-24  **  Intermediate grades 4-6  **  by Mad River Theater Works, West Liberty OH

Eugene Jacques Bullard was the first African-American to fly an airplane in combat during World War I. He was also a boxer, bandleader, door-to-door salesman, jazz musician, and spy against the Nazis. He traveled the world in a minstrel show, and fought in the French Foreign Legion. Based on the life of this little-known but interesting individual, the original play uses storytelling, music and drama to show how Bullard's determination and perseverance helped him overcome discrimination throughout his life. It is an uplifting story of vision and hope.

The Incredible Undersea Trial of Joseph P. Lawnboy

April 17-20  **  Intermediate grades 3-6  **  by Open Road Productions, Olympia WA

The Water Cycle and consequence of human actions on water quality is the main message of this clever musical play, originally commissioned by the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority. It tells of a teenager who is placed on trial for 'crimes against the sea.' Memorable characters (an opera-singing fish, a deep-diving loon, and a mayfly larva) help Joe understand how his actions affect the health of watersheds and the animals who use them. The imaginative set was specifically designed for the Washington Center stage. The music represents various genres, and the pun-laden script lends itself to language arts curriculum. An extensive Study Guide provides additional interesting and fun science lessons. 

Performances at 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts

For information about the shows contact Kris Bartruff, krisbartruff@comcast.net

For school seating contact Karen Edwards, edwards1home@comcast.net

For homeschool reservations contact Cathy Heryford, myherd@comcast.net