Kids’ Entertainment presents “Stellaluna”, a play by Saskia Janse with music of Guus Ponsioen Jan. 20.

The show is recommended for students in grades K-4. Tickets are $3.50. 

Baby bat Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat lands in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down.

Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Soon Stellaluna has learned to behave like a good bird. She quits hanging by her feet and starts eating bugs, but when she finally has an opportunity to show her bird siblings what life as a bat is like, all of them are confounded. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts and possibilities Stellaluna faces.

This production is based on the book “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon. Cannon wrote Stellaluna in 1994 hoping that she would transform young people’s fear of bats into informed affection for the harmless fruit bat. 

Cannon wanted to touch readers with a story about a friendship shared by two different kinds of creatures, a bat and three baby birds. Cannon likens the book to “a mirror, so that anyone who looks into it will see their own story their own way.” She never suspected her book would become a runaway bestseller.

For tickets, call 745-5535 or stop by the Lutcher box office at 707 Main Ave.