KIDDSTUFF Descriptions

SUMMER 2019 KIDDSTUFF SERIES

The Hangar’s children’s theatre series, KIDDSTUFF, celebrates exploration and creativity this summer with stories of children traveling to unfamiliar and imaginative places and spaces.  The lineup includes adaptations of two beloved children’s classics, a send-up of a familiar fairy tale, and two stories of bridging differences, one a world premiere.  Each play is performed at 10 a.m. & 12 p.m. on a Thursday-Saturday.

The Phantom Tollbooth

By Susan Nanus

June 20-22

Journey with Milo through the Land of Wisdom on his quest to rescue the exiled Princesses Rhyme and Reason from the Land of Ignorance in this adaptation of the beloved children’s fantasy novel! In creating peace and balance amidst the conflict between Words and Numbers, Milo discovers a joy in learning that cures his bouts of boredom.  Themes: Imagination, Logic, Adventure

Lily Plants a Garden       

By José Cruz González

July 4-6

On a distant planet, gardens once flourished with the bluzulu seeds of Zobeings in the wuludirt of Wulu-landers.  But now these two civilizations have been waging war for centuries, and no one can remember why. Lily, a child of both cultures, bridges the divide, and plants a magical garden where broken toys grow into beautiful plants of memory, imagination, and optimism. Themes: Discrimination, Refugees, Hope

Jack and the Beanstalk  

By Marjorie Sokoloff

July 11-13

Sensory Sensitive Performance: July 12 at 3 p.m.

Jack’s life is tough. He and his mother live in a run-down house with no money, no food, and an opera-singing cow that won’t give milk. Jack meets a mysterious stranger, who gives him three magic beans that sends Jack up a beanstalk and into the clouds. There, he meets a Giant who would do anything to change places with him. With the help of a wise-cracking hen and a self-absorbed cow, can these two unlikely allies solve all their problems? Themes: Friendship, Empathy, Growing Up

Unicorn Girl      

World Premiere by Saviana Stanescu

When 8-year-old Emma gets bullied at school for being raised by a gay couple, she sets on a fantastical journey to raise awareness. Emma’s stuffed unicorn joins her on this journey of discovery, during which she meets people-like animals, animal-like people, and the President of the United States!  World premiere. Themes: Advocacy, Bullying, Self-Expression

Mary Poppins Jr.            

Music and Lyrics by Richard & Robert Sherman

Book by Julian Fellowes

New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe

Using a combination of magic and common sense, Mary Poppins must teach the troubled Banks family members how to value each other again. She takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones whose perspective she changes. Everyone can learn a lesson or two from this practically perfect nanny. Themes: Fantasy, Values, Family