Central Texas’ most well-known children’s theatre company, Pollyanna Theatre in Strategic Alliance with the Long Center, presents PLUS MEETS MINUS by Katherine Gee Perrone at the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside, Austin, TX 78704. This delightful new play is best suited for children ages 4-7. It explores important themes and life lessons such as dealing with those who have opposite opinions and beliefs. Through engaging dialogue, visually captivating sets, costumes and professional actors, children will see characters discover the value of compromise, learning how to respect others and their feelings. Playwright Katherine Gee Perrone states, “Learning empathy and tolerance is one of the critical lessons of growing up. Intolerance is one of society’s great big character flaws. So imagine if children learned this important lesson by watching others, such as characters in a play, fumble through the same challenges they face in childhood. This is the magic of theatre.” The cast includes professional actors and designers including Production Designer Ia Enstera, Lighting Designer Don W. Day, Sound Design and Composer Breton Christopherson. The cast includes Gricelda Silva, Aaron Alexander, Bethany Harbaugh and Toby Minor. The production is directed by Judy Matetzschk-Campbell.
In PLUS MEETS MINUS, children will follow the story of character Addy Plus, who loves to put things together into groups. The concept of ‘more’ for Addy, is always better. They will also meet ‘Minus Takeaway’ who loves nothing more than quiet, stillness, and empty space. In Minus' eyes, ‘zero’ is always best. Katherine Gee Perrone creates a world where these two very different characters collide. The action that naturally follows is an exploration of two very different ways of seeing the world and begs the question; how can these two very different people ever make peace? Ultimately, the play reveals much about math and human nature through the colorful world of counting. The play was originally commissioned by Pollyanna Theatre Company. “I believe that the best theatre tells a story of characters in conflict. In this respect, theatre reflects life,” said Matetzschk-Campbell. “PLUS MEETS MINUS comes from two very different interests of mine. The first is putting characters on stage that have strong desires and strong impulses. The other is my desire to use theatre as a way to support the public school curriculum. PLUS MEETS MINUS is the result of these two personal interests coming together in the commissioning of one play.” In addition to public performances, PLUS MEETS MINUS is also available for schools throughout Central Texas. As with all Pollyanna productions, accompanying multi-disciplinary curricula and professional development tools are also available free of charge for teachers and parents. ABOUT POLLYANNA THEATRE COMPANY: The founders of Pollyanna Theatre Company believe that theatre is a powerful teaching tool that speaks to people of all ages in a unique and powerful way through a variety of visual, aural, and emotional languages. Therefore, theatre should be a part of all general education from pre-kindergarten through adulthood. Toward that end, The Pollyanna Theatre Company strives to work alongside educators to inspire, motivate, and teach audiences of all ages. Although the company’s primary focus is upon young audience members, the ensemble performs top quality theatrical productions that speak to and illuminate the human spirit and condition for all ages. www.pollyannatheatrecompany.org