NWCT presents 'Elephant & Piggie We Are in a Play'
NW Children's Theater kicks off its 26th season with "Elephant & Piggie's We are in a Play" opening Sept. 22 and continuing through Oct. 21.
The show features "bestus friends" Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig who together tackle friendship's big questions: What happens when two friends want to play with one toy? What do you wear to a fancy party? And will anyone say "banana?" NWCT opens its new season with the return of these beloved children's book characters, based on the popular book series by Mo Willems.
Perfect for first-time theater goers, this upbeat musical explores the ups and downs of friendship through the eyes of Gerald and Piggie (portrayed by John Ellingson and Joellen Sweeney, both returning from the original production). On a day when anything is possible, Dog (Elo Paulorinne) drops by with an invitation to a party from The Squirrelles (Audrey Campbell, Celia Castillo-Torres and Libby Rouffy). But what does one wear to a party? Is it a fancy party? A pool party? A costume party? Gerald knows — Gerald knows parties.
This revival builds upon the smash hit successes of both the 2015 production and 2009's "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus." The story line weaves in and out of eight of Willems' books, including "Elephants Cannot Dance," "I Love My New Toy," and "Should I Share My Ice Cream?" set to music by Deborah Wicks La Puma with music direction by Ezra Weiss.
"Elephant & Piggie" features the first of four NWCT Sensory Friendly Performances this season. Featuring shorter run times, no intermission, reduced or removed lighting and sound cues, and the constant presence of house lights, these performances are specifically designed for children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities. These performances are accompanied by a unique social story to help guide families through the entire theater experience from parking lot to the final bows. NWCT's 2018-19 season will offer Sensory Friendly Performances for all productions this season, free of charge. Each production will also feature Audio Described and Sign Language Interpreted performances.
Performances take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 22 through Oct. 21 at 1819 NW Everett St. in Portland. For more information visit nwcts.org or call the box office at 503-222-2190.