Friday, October 9, 2009

October 24, 2009 Harold and the Purple Crayon

Love this book!

October 24, 2009
The Colonial Theatre
$15 - $35
“One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” So begins The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, Enchantment Theatre Company’s latest creation, based on the seven delightful picture books by Crockett Johnson that follow the zany adventures of an inventive young boy. As it turned out, there wasn’t any moon that evening nor was there a path to walk on, so Harold simply drew them. And thus his journey began. Resourceful and brave, Harold creates the world he wants to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s-the-limit imagination. Enchantment’s innovative production will take your school and family audiences on a wild ride as Harold jets to the Red Planet (Martians, space ships!), joins a circus (he tames a lion!) and meets a princess in an enchanted garden (of course, there’s a dragon, too). The “Harold” books have captivated families for more than fifty years, celebrating the imagination of children and the unique way they see the world. That’s why Enchantment, one of America’s groundbreaking producers of original theater for children and families, has adapted these wonderful stories for the stage as its 2009-2011 national touring production. Using all the elements of its well-known signature style, (life-size puppets, masked actors, magic, music) Enchantment has also added a new dimension this year with the use of large scale video animation. Capturing the books’ simple purple line drawings perfectly, the animation not only creates Harold’s world of make believe but provides an opportunity for the performers to interact with the setting. And of course, being an Enchantment production, the simple purple lines don’t stay simple for long. This brand-new production will delight and amaze your audiences, from children starting at Harold’s age, all the way up to grandparents — anyone, in fact, whose heart is young and adventurous.

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