PORTLAND – The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine will present “A Peter Rabbit Tale,” written by Sarah Brandt and inspired by the stories of Beatrix Potter, at 142 Free Street.
The ensemble cast includes 18 young Maine actors, 8 -15 years old from the Greater Portland area. Playing the title role of Peter Rabbit is Emmett Fay-Leblanc of Portland. Providing musical accompaniment is local actor and musician Megan Tripaldi. The theatre space is intimate and great for young audiences.
Peter Rabbit has had enough of Flopsy and Mopsy always bossing him around! Feeling unappreciated in his home, he decides to run away. On his adventure, he meets friends like Benjamin Bunny, Squirrel Nutkin, Thomasina the Mouse, and Mrs. Tiggy Winkle the Wise Elderly Hedgehog. He also meets foes including Mr. MacGregor, Old Brown the Owl and Simpkin the Cat. These dramatic encounters lead Peter to realize that home isn’t so horrible after all.
“Beatrix Potter created a world of animals that is still as playful and imaginative as it was for children a hundred years ago. There aren’t a lot of stories like this that have withstood the test of time,” said Reba Askari, the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine’s Director of Theatre & Education. “This is a lovely way to introduce children to several Potter stories at once, and the magic of live theatre.”
A Peter Rabbit Tale includes music and lyrics by Neal Richardson. The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine’s production of A Peter Rabbit Tale is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts Inc. (www.playscripts.com)
Performances will run April 11-28, with two showings per day Wednesday – Saturday of April vacation. Tickets are $10 (members of the Museum & Theatre receive a 10% discount). For a full performance schedule, visit www.kitetails.org.