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2015-16 Performances:
Miss Buncle's Book
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Sparky!
Midnight Cowboy
Lester's Dreadful Sweaters
Northanger Abbey
Fillet of Solo 2016
Concert Reading Series
Sparky!
January 16 – February 21, 2016
Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm
 
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"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


Special Performances
 
Open Captioning
Saturday, January 23 at 1:00pm

Autism-Friendly Performance
Sunday, February 7 at 3:00pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour
Saturday, February 13
   Touch tour: 10:00am
   Performance: 11:00am

Visit our Accessibility page for more information.

Special thanks to Theatre Development Fund's Autism Theatre Initiative for service as an advisor.


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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