Westport Country Playhouse Plans Admission-Free Family Festivities Kick-Off Party on Sunday, November 10
Westport Country Playhouse invites the community to a Family Festivities Kick-Off Party on Sunday, November 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. Free-of-charge and open to the public, the event will celebrate The Playhouse's upcoming 2013-14 Family Festivities Series, which begins on November 17. The popular series will feature musicals based on children's classic stories, including "Madeline and the Bad Hat," and an adaptation of Broadway's "Seussical," as well as daredevil acrobatics, magic, puppetry, andglowing electroluminescent creatures.
At the Kick-Off Party, The Playhouse and community partners will host a variety of activities for kids including an opportunity to dress up and pose on The Playhouse stage, demos and activities by Sportsplex Fairfield, activities from Westport Library, and face painting. Tasty nibbles will be offered with free samples from Planet Fuel, Yumnuts and o.a.t.s granola, along with additional concessions available for purchase.
In addition to information about the upcoming Family Festivities roster of shows, there will be companion books for sale, and special, one-day-only ticket offers.
"We're thrilled to kick off our 2013 - 2014 season of theater for young audiences with six shows representing the best of children's theater from all across North America," said Angela Marroy Boerger, Playhouse director of education and community programs. "These shows draw on both classic and new works of literature, as well as original tales, and combine with the imaginative materials of the theater to bring stories to life. We can't wait to introduce our youngest audience members to the wondrous world of theater in this new series of shows!"
Family Festivities shows are presented on selected Sundays from November through March, at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $20. Family Festivities Partners are Meredith and David Bukzin, Galia Gichon and Adam Clemens, and Darlene Krenz.
Opening the 2013-14 series will be "Madeline and the Bad Hat," on Sunday, November 17, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The original musical based upon the classic book captures the blithe yet
touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans's "Madeline" series. It traces the adventures of a young Parisian girl who, despite starting off on the wrong foot with a mischievous new neighbor, eventually learns that first impressions aren't everything. Produced by ArtsPower, the show is recommended for grades K - 2.
"Circo Comedia" will dazzle audiences just in time for the holidays, on Sunday, December 15, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Following in the tradition of the Quebec Circus, Jean Saucier, master equilibrist, juggler, trick cyclist, acrobat, and magician, performs his feats from dizzying heights, while Patrick Côté, burlesque clown, expert roller skater, and drummer, innocently tries his best to be the (imperfect) assistant. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
In "Dino-Light, on Sunday, January 18, at 1 and 4 p.m., glowing electroluminescent creatures will light up the darkness in a heart-rending original tale. The cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance is produced by CORBIAN Visual Arts and Dance, in collaboration with Lightwire Theater, recommended for ages 7 and up.
"Sleeping Beauty Dreams," on Sunday, February 9, at 1 and 4 p.m., reimagines the famous princess as an overprotected daughter looking for a way to break free of her castle walls in order to search for true love...and her true self. The contemporary take on the classic tale using hand-crafted puppets is a U.S. premiere, co-commissioned with the Kennedy Center and Marionetas de la Esquina, and is recommended for ages 5 and up.
"Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly," on Sunday, March 9, at 1 and 4 p.m., is a coming-of-age musical based on the bestselling books. Worrying Worm, Fearless Fly, and Sassy Spider find that it's not easy being a bug, especially on the first day of school, until every creature finds its special talent. Produced by Omaha Theater Company, the show is recommended for ages 4 and up.
"Seussical," on Sunday, March 23, at 1 and 4 p.m., is adapted from the Broadway musical about Dr. Seuss' stories. Hosted by The Cat in the Hat, the cast features Horton, the elephant; JoJo, the young son of the Mayor of Who-Ville; Miss Gertrude McFuzz, the one-feathered bird; and Lazy Maysie La Bird. Dr. Seuss' beloved characters find themselves intertwined in a crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and a miraculous "think" saves the day. Produced by Theatreworks USA, "Seussical" is recommended for grades K - 5.