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Elephant and Piggie (2016)

Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - Sunday, January 3, 2016

Holidays Performances For Young Audiences

In this vaudevillian romp of a musical based on Mo Willems's children's books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense, backed by nutty backup singers The Squirrelles. Age 3+

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Your favorite storybook duo is back by popular demand!
Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!
A Kennedy Center commission
Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
Script and lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Choreographed by Jessica Hartman
Directed by Jerry Whiddon
Cast features Joe Mallon
(Elephant Gerald), Shayna Blass (Piggie), Jamie Eacker, Ashleigh King, and Allie Parris (The Squirrelles)
Elephant Gerald is an elephant: lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is (what else!) a piggie: perky, smiley, and full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems's beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends!
In Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!, a vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense facing fundamental questions like what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by nutty backup singers, The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. So get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of your favorite books--and back after a sold-out run in the Family Theater in 2013. You'll be doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long!

Most enjoyed by age 3 and up.

Performance Timing: Approximately 1 hour, with no intermission.

Book signing with Mo Willems!  Sat., Dec. 19, immediately following the 1:30 p.m. performance in front of the Family Theater, Mo Willems will sign copies of his books, available for purchase at the event.

Note: The 11 a.m. performance on Sat., December 12 is Sensory-Friendly.

Sensory-Friendly Performances
are designed to create a theater experience that is welcoming to all families with children on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.

Accommodations for Sensory-Friendly performances include:
* Lower volume and consistent sound levels (no jarring sounds);
* Lights remaining at a low level in the theater during the performance;
* A reduction of strobe lighting focused on the audience;
* An understanding that patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
* Short performance times, lasting 60-75 minutes with no intermission;
* Designated quiet areas within the theater;
* Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
* Smaller crowds and a limited number of visitors at the Kennedy Center during the day and timing of the performance; and
* Trained Kennedy Center staff members who are inviting and accommodating to families' needs.

Families will also have access to resource materials to prepare for their visit. Please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 (voice/relay) or for more information.

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