THE CATHERINE B. REYNOLDS FOUNDATION SERIES FOR ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE
The Trumpet of the Swan: A Novel Symphony
Based on the book by E.B. White
Adapted for the stage by Marsha Norman
Music by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Gary Griffin
With Academy Award winner Kathy Bates, Zayd Dohrn, Edward Gero, Lauren Kennedy, Peggity Price, Richard Thomas, Christopher Venditti, and Fred Willard
Though Louis is a trumpeter swan, he can't communicate like the rest of his family because he was born without a voice. To overcome this obstacle, he learns to play a real brass trumpet he got from his father. Through the friendship of a young boy, Sam, and a determination to pay back his father's debt on the trumpet, Louis overcomes adversity to attain freedom, fame, fortune, and love. In this uniquely entertaining, world-premiere theatrical adaptation of the famous book, actors come together with an on-stage orchestra and a trumpet soloist to tell E.B. White's classic story. The production features music by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade) and a script adapted by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden). Age 7 and up.
Funding is provided by The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation and Stephen and Christine Schwarzman.
Additional support for Performances for Young Audiences is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, The President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts, the Estate of Joseph R. Applegate, Chevy Chase Bank, and The Clark Charitable Foundation.
The U.S. Department of Education supports approximately one-third of the budget for the Kennedy Center Education Department. The contents of this document do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education,
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