Fe-fi-fo-fum! This famous line from the classic Jack and the Beanstalk will resonate with pre and elementary school-age kids when they see the show currently playing at The Puppet Company in Glen Echo Park, Maryland.
Developed by Len Piper (from the book by Carlo Collodi) as a puppet show within a puppet show, this marionettes-mixed-with-human-actors version of “Pinocchio” from Glen Echo’s Puppet Company is perfectly tailored to pre and elementary school-age kids.
I’ll admit I wondered if a stage adaptation of “Locomotion” could capture the powerful voice in Jacqueline Woodson’s award-winning novel in verse. Well, it can. And it does. The show is a superior work in its own right, and an excellent addition to the fall line up at The Kennedy Center’s Family Theater.
Las Aventures de Tio Conejo
Director Elena Vasco has come up with an original crowd-pleaser with Tio Conego and his fellow animals in Las Aventuras de Tio Conejo. Adapted from a Nicaraguan folktale, this is the story of a trickster rabbit who turns the “might makes right” adage on its head.
Anyone can relate to the trauma of a child losing a beloved stuffed animal, not to mention the resulting kerfuffle. That’s why Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical really works. Written by Mo Willems, and based on his Caldecott Honor award winning book “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale”, the story takes place in Brooklyn, NY, where […]
The Fool at the Circus
Before the show, Director Nicholas Allen comes out to remind the audience that one of the things we should do is laugh. But his encouragement is hardly necessary. We can’t help but laugh because this production is brimming with funny moments,
Peter and the Wolf
Though significantly different from Prokofiev’s original symphony of Peter and the Wolf, Imagination Stage’s adaptation is a very entertaining show.
Children’s author Miriam Chernick applauds Imagination Stage’s production of Disney’s Mulan.
Ferdinand the Bull
Karen Zacarias’ excellent adaptation of the book, ‘The Story of Ferdinand’, enhances the story with new characters and songs, and, as such, is wonderfully suited to the stage. In this version, Ferdinand, the peace-loving, flower-smelling bull, has a friend, Cochina the pig played by Sara Beth Pfeifer, who convinces him to go to Madrid
Go, Dog. Go!
Adventure Theater’s adaptation of Go, Dog. Go! captures all the best elements of the book: fun, action, and drama. Director Karen Abromaitis does an excellent job of working with the author’s requirement that only words from the book be used.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
“Sucking your thumb without a blanket is like eating a cone without the ice cream.” This is just one of many lines young audience members will be able to relate to in this lively production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Lyle the Crocodile
After the beautiful opening scene of Lyle the Crocodile, I’m holding my breath. Could the rest of the production be as good? An hour and a half later, I answer yes. This is children’s theater at its best.
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