Seven delightful stories come to life in Theatreworks USA's musical revue If You Give a Pig a Pancake & Other Story Books at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31 at the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library.
The concert is sponsored by the Friends of Greenwich Library and is part of their series of free children's programs. Performed by a multi-talented cast, the stories represent various issues, themes and ideas relevant to a broad and diverse audience of children. Books featured in the show include:
• Diary of a Worm: It's great to be a worm, but a wormy life also has its difficulties (like wiggling across a playground as human kids jump rope). Follow a worm's adventures as he writes about them all in his diary. (Adapted by Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez, based on the book by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss)
• Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig: When Fluffy enters a Best Pets Contest, a pesky flea threatens to derail the entire competition. (Adapted by Steven Lutvak & Robert L. Freedman, based on the book Fluffy's Silly Summer by Kate McMullan.)
• Horace and Morris But Mostly Dolores: Three mice promise to be best friends forever. But when Horace and Morris join the Mega-Mice club (for boys only!), and Dolores becomes a Cheese Puff (for girls only!), what will happen to their friendship? (Adapted by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, based on the book by James Howe, Illustrated by Amy Walrod.)
• How I Became a Pirate: Young Jeremy Jacob would love to sail away and be a pirate no vegetables, no manners, no bedtime, and no rules at all! But he soon discovers that there's really no place like home. (Adapted by Laurence O'Keefe & Nell Benjamin, based on the book by Melinda Long, illustrations by David Shannon.)
• If you Give a Pig a Pancake: A bossy little pig's demands frazzle a little girl in this hilarious lesson about cause and effect. (Adapted by Anthony King & Scott Brown, based on the book by Laura Numeroff, illustrations by Felicia Bond.)
• Lilly's Big Day: Lilly's teacher is getting married, and she just knows she'll be a great flower girl, despite the fact that Mr. Slinger has already asked his niece to be the flower girl. When she suffers a bout of stage fright, it's up to Lilly to save the day! (Adapted by Kevin Del Aguila and Brad Alexander, based on the book by Kevin Henkes.)
• The Paper Bag Princess: When a ferocious dragon smashes Princess Elizabeth's castle, burns all her fancy clothes, and kidnaps her beloved prince, she dons a paper bag and comes to the rescue. (Adapted by David Kirshenbaum, based on the book by Robert Munsch.)
Pick up free assigned tickets (limit 8 per person) at the Cole Auditorium door starting at noon, then return when doors open at 1:50 p.m. This concert; along with many other free lectures, author talks and workshops; is made possible by contributions to the Friends of the Greenwich Library. For more information, please contact the Friends Office at 622-7938.