‘Peter Rab­bit Tales’ adds life to clas­sic

Cel­e­brate the 150th birth­day of Beatrix Pot­ter at TPAC

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

WYE MILLS — Join beloved bunny Peter Rab­bit in a cel­e­bra­tion of his tale and author Beatrix Pot­ter’s birth­day on Fri­day, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

In cel­e­bra­tion of Beatrix Pot­ter’s 150th birth­day an­niver­sary, En­chant­ment Theatre Com­pany, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Es­tate of Beatrix Pot­ter and Pen­guin Books UK, brings her cap­ti­vat­ing sto­ries to life. Us­ing fan­tas­tic masks, whim­si­cal pup­pets, gor­geous scenery and orig­i­nal mu­sic, the mag­i­cal, marvelous world of Beatrix Pot­ter comes alive on stage.

“Once upon a time there were four lit­tle Rab­bits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cot­ton-tail and Peter….” Th­ese fa­mous open­ing lines of “The Tale of Peter Rab­bit” have en­chanted young au­di­ences for over 100 years with the ex­ploits of a charm­ing hero, who, go­ing against his mother’s wishes, has ad­ven­tures (and mis­ad­ven­tures) in Mr. McGre­gor’s gar­den. Beatrix Pot­ter cre­ated an instant clas­sic with the lit­tle blue-coated rab­bit who we rec­og­nize as both boy and rab­bit, wild and civ­i­lized, and who has be­come an icon of child­hood since he first hopped out of the pages of a story book and into chil­dren’s hearts. Now En­chant­ment Theatre Com­pany is de­lighted to col­lab­o­rate with the Es­tate of Beatrix Pot­ter and Pen­guin Books UK to present the autho­rized the­atri­cal ver­sion of “Peter Rab­bit Tales.”

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of the 150th birth­day an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of Beatrix Pot­ter, En­chant­ment Theatre Com­pany is pre­par­ing a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional lobby dis­play that will travel with the “Peter Rab­bit Tales” pro­duc­tion. The dis­play will in­clude pho­to­graphs of Pot­ter with her ac­tual real life an­i­mal friends as well as fac­sim­i­les of her art­work show­ing her orig­i­nal ren­der­ings of the char­ac­ters that will be seen on­stage. It is meant to high­light the many ways Pot­ter was ahead of her time as author, il­lus­tra­tor, nat­u­ral sci­en­tist, con­ser­va­tion­ist, busi­ness­woman, phi­lan­thropist and eman­ci­pated woman.

Tick­ets for the show are $15 for adults, $12 for chil­dren. Call the box of­fice, 410-827-5867.

This event has been funded in part by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil and the Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil. Also funded in part by Best Western Kent Nar­rows Inn.

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“Peter Rab­bit Tales” is com­ing to the Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter at 7 p.m. Fri­day, April 22.

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