BIG ARTS to scare up fun with performance
Headless jugglers, haunted graveyards and a bunch of squiggly creatures?
Nightmare? Well sort of.
Welcome to the realm of Fantasy Theatre Factory where characters such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson come alive in their production of “Little Monster Tales”.
BIG ARTS will be hosting a performance of “Little Monster Tales” on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. Kids can come in their Halloween costume to enjoy the performance. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children under age 13.
“We thought it would be nice to piggyback on Halloween,” said Natalie Cunningham, BIG ARTS program coordinator.
The nearly 30-year-old Miami-based Fantasy Theatre Factory has been producing the monster production for 10 years, said Mimi Schultz, the artistic director. Professional adult performers create the characters.
“Little Monster Tales” is a show with juggling, comedy, puppets, and music. Fantasy Theatre Factory tells spine-tingling stories that are designed to excite children to go to the library and read the books which contain the tales seen on stage, Schultz said.
Schultz who holds a masters degree in literature came up with the idea to create performances based on award winning books and tales.
“It’s been a hit,” Schultz said.
Those attending the performance will likely find themselves shivering and laughing with delight, Schultz said.
According to BIG ARTS press reports, the anti-drug message is funny but clear. “Shake with The Monster and the Tailor” by Paul Galdone where a brave tailor sews pants for the king in a haunted graveyard and is chased by a monster. “Tremble at The Ghost Eye Tree” by Bill Martin and John Archambault as a child conquers fear of the night. Scream with laughter as Ghostwriter decides to help a young student with a homework assignment. Cringe with delight over “Scary Poems for Rotten Kids” by Sean O’Huigin. The show is recommended for students in kindergarten through fifth-grade. The stories can be enjoyed again if kids later seek out the books by the same authors.
“Little Monster Tales” supported by West Gulf Co. LLC.
For further information about upcoming events at BIG ARTS, to purchase tickets, sign up for workshops, or become a member, call 395-0900, e-mail info@BIGARTS.org or log on to www.BIGARTS.org.