It’s almost time for our next production, Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in A Play!, a play on the hilarious and heartwarming “Elephant & Piggie” books by Mo Willems! We’ve assembled some special information to help you and your family to get ready for the upcoming performance. Before you go to the show, you might want to take a few moments to review this “Know Before You Go” Guide so everyone will know what to expect from the performance!
The Story You Will See
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.
In Elephant and Piggie’s We are in a Play!, Piggie and Gerald the Elephant bring many of their most delightful and hilarious stories to life on the theater stage—including I Am Invited to a Party!, Elephants Cannot Dance!, I Am Going!, Listen to My Trumpet!, Should I Share My Ice Cream?, I Love My New Toy!, and MORE! In the process, these two very different but very devoted friends learn about the ups and downs and sideways of having a Very Best Friend. Along the way, Gerald and Piggie discover that (guess what?): THEY ARE IN A PLAY! Come join the fabulous fun and silly spectacles as a trio of their tricky Squirrel—ahem: Squirrelle!—pals introduce Elephant and Piggie to the wacky, wild, and wonderful world of The Theatre!
Best for ages 4+ | 65 minutes long with no intermission
The Characters You Will Meet
GERALD THE ELEPHANT—A proud pachyderm, somewhat neurotic and self-conscious but with an elephantine heart and the best intentions (even if his sensitivity gets in the way)
PIGGIE THE…PIG!—A free-spirited and peppy porcine pal to the nervous Gerald, Piggie tends to always be sunny (almost!) and ready for the next exciting adventure
SQUIRRELLE #1—An experienced and consummate performer of the razzle-dazzle school, Ann Squirrel is the most impressive kind of song & dance diva and mostly a study in patient professionalism (with occasional cracks in that façade when faced with wearying incompetence!)
SQUIRRELLE #2—A bright-eyed and bushy-tailed taskmaster, Katy Squirrel is a serious go-getter keeping the team in line—perhaps not quite as much of the leader/expert as she thinks she is, but definitely a cheerful champion of the can-do spirit
SQUIRRELLE #3—A show-biz loving squirrel who can’t get enough of The Stage, Joshua Squirrel is very much enamored with the spotlight but easily distracted and maybe so busy being lost in starry dreams that he is oblivious at inopportune times
Know Before You Go
Here are some things your family might like to “Know Before You Go”:
Like all best friends, Gerald and Piggie sometimes see things eye-to-eye and sometimes do not. They definitely encounter some friendship-testing situations during the course of the play.
The Squirrelles are somewhat mischievous characters who sometimes play with things that don’t belong to them at the theater. They should not be considered “role models” in terms of their backstage behavior or attitudes.
Because the story takes place in a theater, there are lots of leftover props, costumes, and scenery from other plays backstage that the Squirrelles get into and bring into Elephant and Piggie’s story. Your child may find that some of it makes sense in THIS play and some does not! And some theater and pop-culture references may go over the heads of some younger audience members.
Strobe lights are used during this performance. Please see the Box Office for specific information about when this effect occurs.
There are some loud pops and bangs that occur throughout the show that may be overwhelming for children with sensory disorders.
From Story to Stage
Mo Williams is a celebrated author and illustrator who has written nearly 25 books about Elephant and Piggie. He also created the characters of Knuffle Bunny and The Pigeon from Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and other books.
Mo Willems was also the playwright who adapted his own books into this musical.
Deborah Wicks Le Puma is an accomplished composer who has written several musicals for young audiences including Ferdinand the Bull, Chasing George Washington and Einstein is a Dummy. She also collaborated with Mo Willems on Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical.
While at The Rose
Join Our Post-Performance Q&A Session!
A few minutes after the performance, our actors will conduct a Question & Answer session from the stage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the scenery, costumes, special effects, and other aspects of the production. The actors may even have a question or two for you about the story.
Meet the Cast & Get an Autograph!
Some performers will be available after the show to say hello, pose in pictures, and sign their autographs for you. You can meet them on the mezzanine level right outside the entrance to our balcony level seats.
Grab a Theater Class Brochure!
If you like what you saw on the stage and think you’d like to be a part of it, try taking a theater class here at The Rose Theater. We offer a wide range of arts classes for every interest and experience level.
Wait, There’s More!
Please visit our website to read director’s notes and view production photos.
Box Office Assistance
The Rose Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm at (402) 345-4849. Information and ticketing is also available online at www.rosetheater.org.
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