"Whether their favorite food is roasted fox, owl ice cream, scrambled snake or Gruffalo crumble, young audiences will eat up this delectable tale about the adventures of a clever little mouse in a forest full of predators. The Gruffalo, based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler, will play in the Bank of America Children’s Series at Jorgensen on Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m.
London’s Tall Stories Theatre Company has toured Great Britain, Europe and America with their monster hit The Gruffalo, transforming “a well-loved story into an exuberant, funny show,” according to Time Out in London.
The children’s tale follows Mouse into the deep dark wood on a lunchtime hunt for hazelnuts. Armed with just a nut map and a very vivid imagination, Mouse runs into the smirking, wheeler-dealer Fox; an eccentric, retired Woodland Air Force General Owl; and the maraca-shaking, party animal Snake. Rather than becoming the main course of their next meal, Mouse kills their appetites with stories of an imaginary monster friend. Little does this clever critter know but Mouse will have to escape the jaws of this faux protector as well. In a production that has delighted London’s West End, Tall Stories vibrantly reinvents this delightful tale through its signature style of bold, multifaceted storytelling.
Directed by Tall Stories co-founder Olivia Jacobs, a trio of performers fill the forest with colorful characters and toe-tapping, sing-along songs, beautifully capturing the magic of Donaldson and Scheffler’s modern classic.
But who is this creature with terrible claws
And terrible teeth in his terrible jaws?
He has knobbly knees and turned-out toes
And a poisonous wart at the end of his nose.
His eyes are orange, his tongue is black;
He has purple prickles all over his back.
“Oh help! Oh no!
It’s a gruffalo!”
Founded in 1996, Tall Stories Theatre Company creates pieces such as The Snow Dragon, Owl and the Pussycat, Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin from scratch by working with the original text and the ensemble’s collective imaginations. This performance of The Gruffalo is sponsored by Bank of America.
Jorgensen was named Best College/University Performing Arts Center in the Hartford Advocate Best of Hartford Readers’ Poll for 2013 and 2012, and was named a Reader’s Choice Winner by the Mansfield-Storrs Patch."
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Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2132 Hillside Road on the UConn campus in Storrs. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $13 for children. For tickets and information, call the Box Office at 860.486.4226, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., or order online at www.jorgensen.uconn.edu. Convenient, free parking is available across the street in the North Garage.