Mr. Popper's Penguins

Presented by Kenny Wax Family Entertainment & TC Beech
Based on the novel by Richard and Florence Atwater
Adapted for the stage by Pins and Needles Productions
Music by Luke Bateman and Lyrics by Richy Hughes

November 9–December 31, 2017

Now a penguin may look very strange in a living room, but a living room looks very strange to a penguin.

Mr. and Mrs. Popper are an ordinary couple in an ordinary English town…until some extraordinary Antarctic penguins come to stay! Lighting up the stage with song and dance, these birds possess talents rivaling the best of vaudeville. Delight in imaginative storytelling, hilarious puppetry and charming musical numbers as these talented creatures warm their way into your heart, taking you and the Poppers on an unpredictable, toe-tapping adventure. 

Illustration by Liz Wong

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After a successful run on 42nd Street in New York, Kenny Wax Entertainment and TC Beech bring us this fantastic adaptation of the beloved book by Richard and Florence Atwater. Make your way to SCT this holiday season for a wintry treat, fit for the whole family. Fans of A Year with Frog and Toad and Harold and the Purple Crayon will love what is sure to be a new holiday classic. 

Charlotte Martin Theatre

Age Recommendation: For Ages 4+

Running Time: Approximately 1h 10m. No Intermission.


ASL Interpreted Performances:
Public - December 2, 1:00pm
Schools - December 8, 10:30am

Audio Described Performances:
Public - December 16, 1:00pm
Schools - December 15, 10:30am

Sensory Friendly/Relaxed Performance:
December 17, 11:00am  Buy Here or 206-441-3322

Recommended age: 4+ 

Discussion topics:

TRYING NEW THINGS

CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION

 

Parking at Seattle Center

Bus Parking at Seattle Center

Mr. Popper’s Penguins 

 

For Children & Young Adults: 

Fiction:

And Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell 

A Bear Called Paddington
Michael Bond 

A Goofy Guide to Penguins (A Toon Book)
Jean-Luc Coudray and Philippe Coudray 

I Won a What?
Audrey Vernick 

Lulu and the Duck in the Park
Hilary McKay 

Sergio Makes a Splash
Edel Rodriguez 

Sophie Scott Goes South
Alison Lester 

One Cool Friend
Toni Buzzeo
Enamored with the penguins at the zoo, Elliot asks to bring one home. His distracted father thinks Elliot means a toy penguin from the gift shop, but Elliot has other ideas! (A Caldecott Honor book)

 

Nonfiction:

Penguin Day: A Family Story
Nic Bishop 

One Day on Our Blue Planet…in the Antarctic
Ella Bailey
In the latest volume of Ella Bailey's picture book exploration of the daily lives of baby animals, we head to the ice shelf to meet a young penguin chick. What do she and her family eat? How many brothers and sisters does she have? What do they do for fun?

 

For Adults Working with Children & Young Adults:


Fiction:

Antarctic Antics and More Hilarious Animal Stories (DVD)
Scholastic Storybook Treasures 

Lost and Found (DVD)
Based on the picture book by Oliver Jeffers, this award-winning animated film follows a boy who finds a penguin on his doorstep and returns him home to the South Pole – only to discover that home for them both is with each other.


Nonfiction:

Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (And What the Neighbors Thought)
Kathleen Krull

Ashley Bryan’s Puppets: Making Something From Everything
Ashley Bryan

Shackleton’s Journey 
William Grill
Young, up-and-coming illustrator William Grill weaves a detailed visual narrative of Shackleton's journey to Antarctica. Grill's beautiful use of colored pencils and vibrant hues, and his impeccably researched drawings, rich with detail, effortlessly evoke the adventure and excitement that surrounded the expedition.

Websites:

Penguin Cams:

 

Booklist prepared by Lauren Mayer
Seattle Public Library

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