North Central College - Naperville, IL

Kids will enjoy musical "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" performance March 19

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Contact: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307

Jan. 18, 2011—North Central College welcomes Theatreworks USA for family-friendly performances of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books” on March 19 at Pfeiffer Hall.

Eight delightful stories come to life in this musical revue by Theatreworks USA. “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books” is based on popular children’s literature, including “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” “Amazing Grace,” “Martha Speaks” and “Owen.” Performed by a multiracial cast, the stories represent various issues, themes and ideas relevant to a broad and diverse audience of children.

Two matinee performances are presented at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/children under 12; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

This 60-minute musical is recommended for ages 4 and up. A study guide for teachers is available on the Theaterworks USA website and includes topics to talk about before and after the show.

Each interpretation of the eight classic children’s books featured in the production provides what Variety magazine calls “theatrical enchantment for kids” through lively, musical theatre that is bound to keep all audience members engaged.

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books” is a revised version of “Reading Rainbow,” a previous Theatreworks USA musical revue. This revised production features the original revue’s direction and choreography of David Armstrong, plus additions by Kevin Del Aguila. For both the original and revised productions, the scenery was designed by Rob Odoriso, with costumes by Martha Bromelmeier.

New York City-based Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of actors, writers, directors and designers, including four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks; writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane of TV’s “Friends”; and Tony-winning actors John Lloyd Young, Roger Bart, Chuck Cooper and John Glover. Performers F. Murray Abraham, Henry Winkler and Judy Kuhn also got their start with Theatreworks USA.

North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors.

These performances are among many ongoing events and exhibits at North Central College designed to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

12-01-2010