Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Next Page Series production a retelling of ‘Peter & the Wolf’

WINONA, Minn. — For the final Saint Mary’s University Page Series production of the season, the Pushcart Players will bring the classic tale of “Peter & The Wolf” to life Tuesday, April 17.

The show, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Page Theatre, is an adaption of the traditional Russian folktale set to music by Sergei Prokofiev. While providing a charming introduction to the world of music and musical instruments, this enchanting tale is all about the adventure of growing up. Danger becomes reality and creative innovation becomes essential as young Peter meets the challenge of survival in the outside world.

This captivating tale, enriched by glorious music and visual effects, will win the hearts of all who view it, while offering a special moment in time for family audiences to share.

Pushcart Players is a dynamic ensemble of professional theatre artists, based in Verona, N.J., well known for tackling difficult issues and bringing them to life in an innovative, lively and accessible way. Recent credits include highly successful performance tours of the former Soviet Union and the Czech Republic, several performances at The White House, and both public and peer recognition through numerous awards for outstanding work in children's theatre. Pushcart is now in its 38th season of producing theatre and arts-in-education programming for young viewers. All productions are accompanied by comprehensive study guides for parents and group leaders; and meet and greet opportunities with the cast follow performances.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and are available at the SMU Box Office, (507) 457-1715, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Gathering for Peter

A Gathering for Peter is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Winona Public Library. Meet the instruments that act as important characters in “Peter and the Wolf.” Area musicians will play selections of the Prokofiev score to be featured during the Page Series performance April 17. Musicians include: Janet Heukeshoven, flute; Kelsey Engesser, clarinet; Jen Welch, bassoon; and Tove Wiggs, violin. Participants can win tickets to the April 17 performance.