It wasn’t until I had been working in the library for a few year that I read Harold and the Purple Crayon (affiliate link). I was familiar with the book, having watched my sister share it with my niece but I never thought about using it in programming until a group of students doing a community service project came to the library and read to some of my daycare children. One of the books was Harold and I have enjoyed reading it ever since.
Enchantment Theatre Company’s present Harold and the Purple Crayon at the Merriam Theater, April 12. The Storybook will come to like with life-size puppets, masked actors and magic music! More info about the show below but here are some ideas to get excited for the live performance!
You could share the works of Crockett Johnson (using my affiliate link) with your children and then have a blast with some of these activities!
1. Tape plain sheets of white paper to your walls and let them draw with a purple (or any other color!) crayon!
2. Make a purple sensory bin featuring purple objects:
strips of paper (You get the idea!)
3. Using cardboard, create your own buildings full of windows.
4. Have a picnic with your favorite pie
5. Talk about what animals you would like to share your purple world with!
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is proud to welcome the Enchantment Theatre Company’s production of The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon to the Merriam Theater on Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.
A storytime favorite for over 50 years, Enchantment Theatre’s innovative production is based on the seven charming picture books by Crockett Johnson that follow the zany adventures of an inventive young boy. The visually dazzling production will take family audiences on a wild ride as Harold jets to Mars, joins a circus, and meets a princess in an enchanted garden.
The Enchantment Theatre Company, one of America’s groundbreaking producers of original theater works for families, brings the pages of the storybook to life on stage using all the elements of its well-known signature style (life-size puppets, masked actors and magic music) plus the added new dimension of large scale video animation. Capturing the books’ simple purple line drawings perfectly, the staging not only creates Harold’s world of make believe, but also provides an opportunity for actors to interact with the setting. In true Enchantment style, the simple purple lines do not stay simple for long!
This popular production delights and amazes audiences from children starting at Harold’s age to grandparents whose hearts are young and full of adventure.
Tickets are available from $23-$36. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, at the Kimmel Center box office at Broad & Spruce Streets (open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of The Kimmel Center’s 2014-2015 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org
Enchantment Theatre Company
Enchantment Theatre Company is a professional non-profit arts organization based in Philadelphia whose mission is to create original theater for children and families. For more than 25 years, the Company has performed throughout the United States and the Far East, presenting imaginative and innovative theatrical productions for school groups and families. Originally a privately-owned touring company, Enchantment put down roots in Philadelphia in 2000, when it was re-established there as a resident non-profit theater. While dedicated to serving its home community, Enchantment also tours nationally, performing on its own and in collaboration with some of the country’s finest symphony orchestras.
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