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Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play! Press Release

Take a Break from the Elephant and Donkey Show and Come See the Elephant and Piggie Show this Fall!
Mo Willems’ best-selling book series comes to life in Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!

Minneapolis, MN – Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) will present Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, based on Mo Willems’ award-winning and beloved book series beginning September 13. Willems is the prolific author of popular children’s books such as Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, and Cat the Cat. Willems has also created many animated series for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, and was an animator for Sesame Street for nine years. Often compared to Charles Schulz, his books have received many of the highest honors for literature including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal, the Caldecott Medal, the Carnegie Medal and the Irma Black Award Honor.

The musical centers around the pessimistic pachyderm, Elephant Gerald and his perky pal Piggie’s opposites-attract friendship and real-life questions and predicaments that people face. For example, what if you have never done something before and are afraid? What do you do if someone makes you angry? What can you do if you think your best friend is moving away forever? Joyfully sung to music with back-up singers, The Squirelles, the pages of the littlest audience member’s favorite books come to life on stage.

The show stars Christopher Michael Richardson (Commonwealth Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Know Theatre of Cincinnati) as Elephant Gerald and local Minnesota actor Shinah Brashears (Guthrie Theatre, Theater Latte Da, 7th House) as Piggie. They are joined by Jennie Lutz (Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre MTC), Justine Icy Moral (Dallas Summer Musicals, Olney Theatre Center, Kennedy Center), and Caroline Wolfson (Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Keegan Theatre) as The Squirelles. The production is a presentation of The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour.

Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! runs September 13-October 23, 2016 in the UnitedHealth Group Stage and is recommended for preschool and up. Tickets are on sale now starting at $15. All season subscription packages are still available. For more information visit us online at childrenstheatre.org or call the Ticket Office at 612.874.0400. Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour is represented by Shaw Entertainment Group, LLC. Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! is proudly sponsored by Target.

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for multigenerational audiences. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire for more than 300,000 people annually.CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to producing world class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.

CTC’s engagement and learning programs annually serve more than 85,000 students ages 2-18 through Theatre Arts Training, student matinees, Bridges, and early childhood arts education programs that bring students to the theatre and bring teaching artists into the classroom. The ACT One program is CTC’s comprehensive platform for access, diversity, and inclusion in our audiences, programs, staff, and board that strives to ensure the theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community.

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Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!
A Kennedy Center Commission based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
UnitedHealth Group Stage
September 13 through October 21
Best enjoyed by preschool+

Creative Team & Production Staff
Director: Jerry Whiddon
Music Director: George Fulginiti-Shakar
Choreographer: Jessica Hartman
Dramaturg: Megan Alrutz
Set Designer: James Kronzer
Costume Designer: Frank Labovitz
Lighting Designer: Kyle Grant
Sound Designer: Elisheba Ittoop

Christopher Michael Richardson: Elephant Gerald
Shinah Brashears: Piggie
Jennie Lutz: Squirelle
Justine Icy Moral: Squirelle
Caroline Wolfson: Squirelle

60 minutes, no intermission

The Ticket Office is accessible by phone two hours prior to most performances. These posted hours are subject to change.
Email: tickets@childrenstheatre.org (inquiries only, no ticket processing)
Phone: 612.874.0400
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Lap passes available for children newborn to three years for $5
ASL/AD Performance: October 14 at 7pm
Sensory Friendly Performance: October 21 at 7pm
Group tickets up to 25% off regular tickets for groups of ten or more

Performance Dates
Tuesday, September 13 7pm (Preview)
Wednesday, September 14 7pm (Preview)
Thursday, September 15 7pm (Preview)
Friday, September 16 7pm (Opening night)
Saturday, September 17 2pm & 5pm
Sunday, September 18 2pm & 5pm

Thursday, September 22 7pm
Friday, September 23 7pm
Saturday, September 24 11am & 2pm
Sunday, September 25 2pm & 5pm

Thursday, September 29 7pm
Friday, September 30 7pm
Saturday, October 1 2pm & 5pm
Sunday, October 2 2pm & 5pm

Thursday, October 6 7pm
Friday, October 7 7pm
Saturday, October 8 11am & 2pm
Sunday, October 9 2pm & 5pm

Thursday, October 13 7pm
Friday, October 14 7pm
Saturday, October 15 11am & 2pm
Sunday, October 16 2pm & 5pm

Thursday, October 20 2pm & 7pm
Friday, October 21 2pm & 7pm
Saturday, October 22 11am & 2pm
Sunday, October 23 2pm & 5pm

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