Tickets go on sale for Family Festivities Series
Published 4:24 pm, Thursday, August 2, 2012
The shows, featuring song-filled presentations based on children's books, will take place at 1 and 4 p.m. on the following dates:
Sunday, Nov. 11: Opening the 2012-13 series will be "The Berenstain Bears LIVE in Family Matters, The Musical," a new musical adaptation of three of The Berenstain Bears' books: "The Berenstain Bears Learn about Strangers," "The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food," and "The Berenstain Bears' Trouble at School." Using the iconic stories and imagery of the original books, the show will stress the importance of honesty, health, safety, and family. Adapted from the popular works by Stan and Jan Berenstain, and produced by Matt Murphy Productions, the presentation is recommended for ages 4 and up.
Sunday, December 9: "Angelina Ballerina, The Musical" features a feisty little mouse with big dreams of becoming a prima ballerina. When a special guest is about to visit the Camembert Academy, Angelina works hard on her dance skills to reach her goals, and along the way learns from her mistakes. Based on the books by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig and the PBS KIDS animated series, "Angelina Ballerina, The Musical," 2012 Hit Entertainment Limited, is produced by the Vital Theatre Company, and recommended for ages 6-10.
Sunday, Jan. 27: "Fancy Nancy, The Musical," finds Fancy Nancy and her friends auditioning for their very first show, "Deep Sea Dances." Nancy is sure that she will be picked to be a mermaid. When another girl wins the coveted role, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role even though it isn't the one she wanted? Based on the series of books by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser and produced by the Vital Theatre Company, the show is recommended for ages 6 -- 10.
Sunday, Feb. 10: "Junie B. Jones" stars outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones in a new musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal." Adapted from the best-selling series of books by Barbara Park, the musical is produced by Theatreworks USA and recommended for ages 6 -- 11.
Sunday, March 3: "How I Became a Pirate" is about young Jeremy Jacob, who, while digging in the sand, is recruited by Captain Braid Beard and his mates to join the pirate crew on a quest to bury their treasure. The musical adventure about finding one's own heart is based on the book by Melinda Long, produced by the Omaha Theater Company and recommended for ages 6 -- 10.
Sunday, April 7: "The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle" recalls the famous line "I think I can, I think I can." Little Blue Engine dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the main line track. But can she convince Big Silver that she is worthy of being a main line engine? A song-filled adventure, this new musical portrays Watty Piper's tale about hard work, self-confidence, friendship and believing that anything is possible. Produced by ArtsPower, the story is recommended for ages 4 and up.
In conjunction with the series, the playhouse will host a book collection for Read to Grow, a statewide nonprofit organization that provides free children's books to families with limited access and to community resources that serve them. At each performance, bins will be located in the playhouse lobby for donations of gently used and new children's books which will be given to families and programs in the greater Fairfield County area through Read to Grow.
Birthday party facilities may be scheduled in advance. Everyone in the audience requires a ticket. For information or tickets, at $18 each, call the box office at 203-227-4177, visit the playhouse, 25 Powers Court, or go to www.westportplayhouse.org