We're so excited for CHILDREN'S PLAY SATURDAY, presented in partnership with the CHILDREN'S THEATRE OF HAMPTON ROADS. Join us once a month on a Saturday morning in the newly renovated Wells Education Space for an experience the whole family will enjoy. Enjoy family-friendly performances from various disciplines that are sure to entertain!
I’ll Huff & I’ll Puff: The Absolutely True Story of the Big Bad Wolf
JUNE 3, 2017 AT 11AM & 1PM IN THE WELLS EDUCATION SPACE
Written & Directed by Scott Quirk
You think you know the story. Pigs. Houses. Red Cloaks. Taking baskets to Grandma's house. But you've never heard the real story - until now!
Boss Beulah Bell (a proper Southern pig) is in charge of a little patch of countryside in the Fairytale Woods. But for Beulah, being the star of The Three Little Pigs isn’t enough. With the help of her dimwitted daughter Petaline and a well-intentioned want-ad Wolf, she plans to alter all the fairytales beyond repair.
With the help of the audience, Petaline Prunella Pig and Wyoming Wolf (a.k.a. The Big Bad) vie to stop Beulah in her quest to change the fairytales as we know them into new works, such as “The Little Pig-maid”, “Pig-nocchio”, and “Snow Pig and the Seven Dwarves”.
An engaging and interactive production that will entertain the youngest audience members, the seasoned theatre-goers, and everyone in between!
Chasing Mother Goose
JULY 1, 2017 AT 11AM & 1PM IN THE WELLS EDUCATION SPACE
Written by Jessica Brooke Pinsky
The venerable poet Mother Goose currently presides over a library that houses every piece of literature in existence. Day and night she does her best to keep order and ensure peace among the shelves. But even under her no-nonsense watch, the books have a tendency to get out of hand.
On a seemingly quiet night, the White Rabbit from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland shows up (with the mad Hatter close behind), and when a copy of Moby Dick is returned with pages missing, Captain Ahab arrives to wreak vengeance on the creature that took his leg. Only, the pages that say what type of creature are, well, missing. Which poses a problem for our beloved characters.
Mother Goose and the Hatter have no choice but to comb the other books for Ahab’s missing pages and put him back together before the library opens in the morning. On their way they’ll traverse such works as Treasure Island, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and many more, all the while fleeing the amnesic Ahab on his misguided mission.
A hilariously creative play, rich with audience interaction and touching moments.
DAVY CROCKETT’S TREMENDOUSLY TALL TALES
February 4, 2017 at 11AM & 1PM in the Wells Education Space
Written & Directed by Scott Quirk
“King of the Wild Frontier” is a name befitting a Tennessee hero with a coonskin cap… but what if there are not one, not two, but three such heroes competing for the title? There’s only one way to tell the real from the imposters: A Tall Tale Telling Tournament!
Join Davy Crockett, Davy Crockett, and Davy Crockett on a trip through the folklore and tall tales of the American frontier. Enjoy familiar characters such as Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and Johnny Appleseed, and also some not so familiar characters… like hoop-snakes and hide-behinds! Interactive and hilarious; a wonderful adventure for every age.
MARCH 4, 2017 AT 11AM & 1PM IN THE WELLS EDUCATION SPACE
Written by Alexandra Pratt & Directed by Jessica Brooke Pinsky
"Freedom Song" takes a young present-day student, Anne, on a journey through time with her guide, the incomparable Harriet Tubman. As history unfolds around her, Anne discovers just a few of the different challenges and many triumphs of African Americans, and meets a variety of individuals, including Ellen and William Craft and Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational, interactive and engaging; a witty and exciting script to entertain and inspire both children and adults! Best for ages five and up.
BUCKET OF MONKEYS IMPROV TROUPE PRESENTS: ROBIN HOOD
APRIL 1, 2017 AT 11AM & 1PM IN THE WELLS EDUCATION SPACE
CTHR’s acclaimed improvisational troupe creates a performance especially for you! Rowdy, interactive, and enjoyable for children and adults alike, the “Monkeys” will give a one of a kind show that the audience will be talking about for years to come. For this Monkeys show, Robin and his Merry Men (that's you!) will have to defeat the Sherriff of Nottingham and save the day!