Orange, Texas – Four spectacular children’s shows, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, Ferdinand the Bull, Zoo Zoo, and Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch round out the Lutcher Theater’s Chevron Phillips/Printpack 2010-11 Children’s Performing Arts Series. Each of these shows is appropriate for field trips but all are also open to the public. Tickets for all four shows can be purchased by calling the Lutcher Theater box office at 409-886-5535.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, produced by the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences On Tour is slated to appear Friday April 1, 2011 for two performances at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Based on Mo Willems’ beloved Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, this musical with script and lyrics by the same author is recommended for children ages four and up.

Chock full of adventure, song, and gigantic dancing laundry, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical tells a tale of firsts: a stuffed animal’s first trip in the laundry, a little girl’s first words, and a Daddy’s first time dealing with his child going “boneless.” Curriculum connections include literature, interpersonal relationships, problem solving, and non-verbal communication.

Friday, April 8, 2011, young audiences will have two opportunities at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. to meet Ferdinand, in Ferdinand the Bull, produced by Childsplay of Arizona. Ferdinand is an unusual bull who prefers picking flowers to joining the bullfighters in the ring and Danilo, is a young nobleman whose father Duque Dodo has big dreams for him. Watch what happens when Danilo, the reluctant matador, meets Ferdinand in the bullring. You’ll cheer for them as they refuse to go along with the crowd and strike a blow for individuality and celebrating our differences.

Adapted from the story by Munro Leaf, Ferdinand the Bull offers curriculum connections for lessons including the following subjects: “page to stage,” Spain, Spanish language, non-conformity, parent-child differences, bullying, listening and individuality.

The climax of this season’s children’s series is Imago Theatre’s Zoo Zoo, scheduled for three performances. Intriguing and appropriate for all ages, the entire family can experience the show Sunday, May 1, at 6:00 p.m. and two more performances are slated for Monday, May 2, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

What is Zoo Zoo? This is Imago’s “don’t miss” greatest hits collection of acrobatics, dance, and theatrical imagination that will delight young audiences with its magical menagerie of creatures-rabbits, hippos, penguins, frogs and more!

K-12 curriculum connections include observation, mimicry, design, history and science. The Sunday performance of Zoo Zoo is Imago’s complete two-hour show and the Monday performances are adapted specifically for children’s audiences and run about one hour each.
Produced by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch provides the season finale, Thursday, May 5, 2011 for students PreK – third grade. Performances are scheduled for 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Leo Lionni’s exquisite collage works are ideally suited for Mermaid’s unique approach to stage adaptation, puppet theatre and gentle storytelling style. The three Caldecott Honor books Mermaid has chosen for its tribute, SWIMMY, INCH BY INCH and FREDERICK, are among Lionni’s most beloved works. Their images are strikingly beautiful, and their texts are whimsical yet wistful.

Swimmy is a tiny insignificant fish in the vast ocean who uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a mouse who is a poet from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail, makes everyday life an artful experience. The story of Inch by Inch features a lovable inchworm who is very proud of his facility for measuring absolutely everything, including a robin’s tail, a flamingo’s neck, a toucan’s beak, a heron’s legs, and a nightingale’s song.

Curriculum connections include lessons in creative arts, language arts, mathematics science, music and puppetry.

All tickets for Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, Ferdinand the Bull, and Swimmy, Frederick & Inch By Inch are $3.50 and may be purchased by calling the Lutcher box office at 409-886-5535.

Tickets for the Sunday performance of Zoo Zoo are $15 for students and $20 for adults and may be purchased online at

or by calling the box office. All tickets for the Monday performance of Zoo Zoo are $6 and may be purchased by calling the Lutcher box office.

The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is located at 707 Main, Orange, Texas. For more information about these shows, for study guides, and to see video previews of these performances please visit