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Approximate run time: 45 minutes, with no intermission
Run time and other details are subject to change during rehearsal process.

Allergy Advisory: The production of Balloonacy will be using latex balloons. The balloons will not interact with the audience during the show. There is an optional meet and greet with the balloon after the performance.

Balloonacy
By Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
A Children’s Theatre Company Original Production
Best enjoyed by preschoolers

Imagine a single balloon changing one person’s life forever. It starts so simply: A balloon drifts through the window of a lonely old man’s home on his birthday. Then something surprising happens—then something silly, wonderful and so blissfully fun that you barely notice you’ve learned something special about friendship along the way. Perfectly designed with the preschooler in mind, rediscover play in this back by popular demand production!

Lap passes are available day of show, in person, for children 18 months and under.

Performance Description

CTC’s Balloonacy is a one person show featuring slapstick and physical comedy. While this production is not a musical, there will be music featured throughout. Audience members sit on padded benches to be close to the action and are welcome to react as they see fit (including vocalizing, moving, etc). This production was created by CTC’s play development lab, Threshold, as a part of the Early Childhood Initiative. As a wordless performance relying on physical communication, it is ideal for pre-verbal, early language, and English language learners.

This production takes place on the Cargill Stage and seats up to 100 people.

Approximate run time: 45 minutes with no intermission
Run time and other details are subject to change during rehearsal process.

Plot Synopsis

written by Elissa Adams, Director of New Play Development
Be warned: This is a complete synopsis of the play, so it is full of spoilers.

An Old Man is celebrating his birthday, rather sadly, alone in his apartment in Paris.  Suddenly, a balloon appears in his window.  When the Old Man opens the window to investigate, the balloon flies in to the apartment!  This irritates the Old Man and he tries to put the balloon back out the window, but the balloon keeps flying in.  Finally, the Old Man slams the window shut—right onto his thumb.  He bandages his thumb and goes to throw away the wrapper and the balloon pops up out of the trash can! The Old Man opens his door, pushes the balloon out and slams the door.  Then he hears a knock.  Slowly he opens the door.  He doesn't see anyone (or the balloon), but does find a large box on his doorstep.  He brings the box inside, opens it and, of course, the balloon floats up out of it.  But the balloon has also bought presents!  Inside the box is a party hat, a noisemaker and a cupcake.  Touched, the Old Man and the balloon begin to interact and then to play.  The Old Man gets so caught up in playing, and eventually dancing, that he accidentally pokes the balloon with his fork.  The balloon begins to deflate.  The Old Man is panic-stricken and does everything he can to “revive” the balloon, which keeps losing air until the Old Man resuscitates it by blowing in new air and then, tearing the bandage off of his injured thumb, closes up the hole where the air is leaking out.  The balloon appears, good as new, and their play resumes.  But, the Old Man grows tired.  He sits down to eat his birthday cupcake, but the balloon keeps getting in the way, coming between the Old Man and the cupcake, almost as if the balloon were trying to eat it.  The Old Man grows increasingly frustrated until he finally gets up (setting his cupcake down on the seat of his chair) and walks the balloon to the other side of the room.  But, when he returns to his seat, he sits right down on his cupcake.  This makes the Old Man mad and he once again ushers the balloon out the door—good riddance!  He attempts to resume his routine, to celebrate his birthday alone, but soon discovers that he misses the balloon's company.  Remorsefully, he looks out the door, out the window and throughout the apartment, hoping the balloon will appear.  But it doesn't.  The Old Man then tries numerous ways to apologize to the balloon and get the balloon to forgive him and return. Finally, he draws a heart on a piece of paper, folds the heart into a paper airplane and sends it out the window.  Just as he is about to give up hope, the balloon peeks through the window and then flies in to the apartment, riding on top of the paper airplane!  The Old Man and the balloon rejoice.  As they look out the window, they see bunches of brightly colored balloons floating up into the air.  The run outside the apartment and, as the play ends, we see, in silhouette, the Old man, holding on to the string of the balloon, ascending into the sky.

Content Advisories: (subject to change as the production goes into rehearsal)

Language: 0 out of 5 
There is no speaking in this play.

Themes and Situations: 0 out of 5 

Violence & Scariness: 0 out of 5 

Sensory Advisories: 1 out of 5 
A balloon “hisses” as it deflates. A party blower is used

Potentially Anxious Moments: 1 out of 5 
The balloon gets poked by a fork causing it to deflate. Some audience participation. Old man is hit by the balloon

Schedule
Student Matinee Pricing

Themes

Aging

Celebration

Creative Play

Friendship

Joy 

Loneliness

 

Curriculum Connections

Dancing

Emotional Repair

Emotions

Friendship Repair

Problem Solving

Sequencing

Non-Verbal Storytelling

Pre-Verbal Development

 

 

Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress

Arts

A1; A2; A3; A4;

Scientific Thinking

ST1; ST2; ST5; ST6;

Social Emotional

S3; S4; S5; S6; S8;

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