I have a family four-pack for tickets to either the 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. June 11 show of “In My Own Backyard – An Interactive Theatre Experience for Very Young Children” at the Long Center. If you want tickets, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number and put “In My Own Backyard” in the subject line. I’ll announce the winner on Friday.
The play is by Austin playwright Bethany Lynn Corey and is designed to engage children ages 18 months to 4 years. It’s very visual and also encourages dramatic play alongside the actors. Corey is the Drama Specialist for the Creative Learning Initiative for Austin Independent School District and also served as an Early Learning Manager for the Thinkery. The play is being produced by Pollyanna Theatre Company.
“I focus on creating an immersive experience, a world with childlike characters going on a journey of some sort,” she says in a press release. “Having worked with early learners as an educator I think about what young children know and where they are developmentally as I craft a story. I find discovery, especially the sheer joy in experimenting with a new object, to be one of the most exciting parts of a young child’s world. So I always include lots of opportunities to explore and discover within the pieces I create.”
In My Own Backyard begins with Squig and Lolly at a backyard picnic. The performers find common picnic objects inside of a picnic basket. These objects are used as playthings — becoming musical instruments, Frisbees and being transformed into different animals and objects that may be found in a backyard. As the two characters play and create, they deal with issues of sharing, caring and playing fair as would any set of friends.
“In My Own Backyard”
9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. June 10-13.
AT&T Conference Room at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704
$6, seating is limited to 30 children.
512-743-7966 or by visiting www.pollyannatheatrecompany.org.