Sunday, March 22, 2020
Enchantment Theatre Company, in collaboration with the Estate of Beatrix Potter and Penguin Books UK, brings her captivating stories to life. Using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery and original music, the magical, marvelous world of Beatrix Potter comes alive on stage.
Named one of DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 in Theater in The Philadelphia Area!
"The result is a masterful fusion of engaging storytelling with the performing and visual arts, which appeals to all of the senses, stimulates intuitive thinking, and captivates adults and children alike." - DCMetro TheaterArts
"The Enchantment Theatre Company’s production of Peter Rabbit Tales has captured the essence of Beatrix Potter’s work through their careful study of both the text of the original tales and research into our Beatrix Potter illustration archive. Through a well-crafted script, dynamic choreography and simple but effective staging, the show makes for an absorbing and enjoyable experience for all. We are delighted to endorse this excellent production." - Ronnie Fairweather, Creative Director, Penguin Books UK
“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter….” These famous opening lines of The Tale of Peter Rabbit have enchanted young audiences for over one hundred years with the exploits of a charming hero, who, going against his mother’s wishes, has adventures (and misadventures) in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Beatrix Potter created an instant classic with the little blue-coated rabbit who we recognize as both boy and rabbit, wild and civilized, and who has become an icon of childhood since he first hopped out of the pages of a story book and into children’s hearts. Now Enchantment Theatre Company is delighted to collaborate with the Estate of Beatrix Potter and Penguin Books UK to present the authorized theatrical version of Peter Rabbit Tales.
Meet Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, Beatrix Potter’s beloved characters, as they escape from Mr. McGregor, outfox Mr. Tod and rescue the Flopsy Bunnies from the disagreeable badger, Tommy Brock.
When Benjamin’s children disappear, he goes to his cousin, Peter Rabbit, to help him find the bunnies. But Peter thinks he’s had quite enough of adventure, remembering his youthful escapades in Mr. McGregor’s garden. As the cousins reminisce about their past adventures, their friends - Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-duck and Thomasina Tittlemouse - gather to encourage Peter on this one last quest.
Over 171,000 children and families attended PRT in over 100 cities across the US inthe 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
"Completely entrancing, charming, surprising and fanciful" - Pam Weisberg, Catskill Mtn Foundation, Hunter, NY
"The set was so smart, the masks were beautiful, the music evocative & the cast superb" - Angelina Arts Alliance, Lufkin, TX
“I tremendously admire the poetry of Miss Potter’s art as she develops this fantastic, realistic, truthful story.” - Maurice Sendak, from Caldecott & Co.
“It is an imaginary tale for children that leaves no doubt that such a rabbit as Peter exists in nature now, and has existed in nature forever.”
-- Linda Lear, from “Beatrix Potter, The extraordinary life of a Victorian genius”
EDUCATIONAL LOBBY DISPLAY
In anticipation of the 150th birthday anniversary celebration of Beatrix Potter Enchantment Theatre Company is preparing a special educational lobby display that will travel with the Peter Rabbit Tales production. The display will include photographs of Ms. Potter with her actual real life animal friends as well as facsimiles of her artwork showing her original renderings of the characters that will be seen onstage. We will highlight the many ways Ms. Potter was a person ahead of her time as author, illustrator, natural scientist, conservationist, businesswoman, philanthropist, and emancipated woman. The display will tie in with our educational study guide and online materials for families.
All production photos © Mark Garvin
By arrangement with Frederick Warne & Co.• © F Warne & Co., 2018