Westport Country Playhouse will launch its 2012-13 Family Festivities Series with "The Berenstain Bears Live in Family Matters, The Musical" at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the playhouse, 25 Powers Court.
The new musical is an 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 stories and imagery of the original books, the show stresses the importance of honesty, health, safety and family, according to a news release. The presentation, adapted from the works by Stan and Jan Berenstain and produced by Matt Murphy Productions, is recommended for ages 4 and up.
Everyone in the audience requires a ticket, which cost $18.
One hour before each performance, Westport's Wakeman Town Farm will host a pre-show activity focused on healthy food.
In conjunction with the series, the playhouse will host a book collection for Read to Grow, Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization that provides free children's books to families with limited access and to community resources that serve them.
Bins will be in the playhouse lobby for donations of gently used and new children's books to be given to families and programs in the greater Fairfield County area.
The series will continue with "Angelina Ballerina, The Musical," on Sunday, Dec. 9, featuring a feisty little mouse with big dreams of becoming a prima ballerina.
For information and tickets, call 203-227-4177 or visit www.westportplayhouse.org.