"A charming musical adaptation of Jenny Offill’s children’s book about a lovable pet sloth.... [with] a great lesson, and not overplayed in this tight production." –Chicago Reader
Libby desperately wants a pet, but her mother says she can only have one that doesn’t need to be walked, bathed, or fed. So she orders a sloth and names him Sparky. It’s love at first sight… even if Sparky doesn’t know how to fetch and always loses at Hide-and-Seek (though he’s very good at playing Statue). But after know-it-all Mary Potts mocks Sparky as lazy and unimpressive, Libby throws a backyard talent show to highlight the talents of her misunderstood companion. Roll up for the first-ever “Trained Sloth Extravaganza!” and learn about accepting your friends for who they are, in this world premiere musical based on the delightful 2014 book by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans.
Recommended for kids 5 and up. Children under 2 are not permitted.
Based on the book by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans
Script by Jessica Wright Buha
Music & Lyrics by Laura McKenzie
Directed by Amanda Link
Saturday, January 23 at 1:00pm
Sunday, February 7 at 3:00pm
Audio Description and Touch Tour
Saturday, February 13
Touch tour: 10:00am
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Excerpt from Sparky! Music & Lyrics by Laura McKenzie.
Featuring Eunice Woods and Andres Enriquez.
FUN & GAMES FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES
Join us any Saturday or Sunday at noon during the run of Sparky! (following the 11am show, or before the 1pm show) for our Stories Come Alive! Hour.
An interactive storytelling session with on-your-feet theatre games exploring the book behind the play — all designed to make positive connections between your children and literature that will last a lifetime.
Only $5 per child for the workshop! Reservations are recommended (though not required).
Contact the box office at 773-761-4477 for more information.
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