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March 10, 2011—Young audiences are sure to enjoy North Central College’s May 7 presentation of “Click, Clack, Moo,” a musical theatre production based on the award-winning children’s book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.
Recommended for children in kindergarten through fourth grade, two hour-long matinees performed by Theatreworks USA will be presented at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/children; call the North Central Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Farmer Brown has a smooth-running farm where the cows make milk and the chickens lay eggs. On the surface everything seems to be fine, but the truth is that the animals aren’t very happy. Every night the barn gets very cold and in the morning the animals are very cranky as a result.
Duck explains to the animals that he stays warm because of the down in his feathers, which the farmer uses to make blankets. The cows decide that they want blankets too but don’t know how they can communicate their wishes to Farmer Brown.
Farmer Brown’s granddaughter Jenny visits the farm with her laptop computer to keep in touch with friends back home. When Jenny leaves her laptop and printer in the barn, the animals figure out how to type a note to Farmer Brown. All day long Farmer Brown hears “click clack moo, clickety clackety moo...” The cows are typing and protesting their working conditions!
The New York Times says the show is “A tribute to compromise as well as an introduction to labor relations. It even becomes a lesson in today’s economics.”
The play by Joseph Robinette is presented by Theatreworks USA, which performs productions for children and families. After a brief New York City-area tour in spring 2009, “Click, Clack, Moo” performed at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre as Theatreworks USA’s Free Summer Theatre 2009 attraction and began its national tour that fall.
Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of actors, writers, directors and designers, including four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth of “Beauty and the Beast” and Michael Mayer of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”; 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.
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. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College 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).