Embark on a visionary adventure that features flying dragons, talking animals, buried treasure, and so much more with My Father’s Dragon— the Enchantment Theatre Company’s adaptation of author Ruth Stiles Gannett’s series of classic children’s novels. When 9-year-old Elmer Elevator learns the ferocious animals of Wild Island have stolen Boris, a baby dragon, Elmer heroically sets off to save the day. Accompanied by his friend the Alley Cat, this compassionate and courageous boy will need pluck and ingenuity—along with chewing gum, lollipops, hair ribbons, and rubber bands—to help Boris and return home safely. The Enchantment Theatre Company awakens imaginations of every age with its whimsical tellings of new and classic fables, myths, and legends. Using life-sized puppets, expressive masks, inventive staging, and original music, they bring to vivid life a story that has been honored by Newbery and the American Library Association, named among the top 100 books for children by the School Library Journal, and celebrating its 70th anniversary of publication in 2018. With “delightfully logical nonsense, appealing characters, and irrepressible humor” (The New York Times), My Father’s Dragon is a tale of derring-do and laughter, too.
This performance is a Purdue Convocations Family Matinee. Area students also will have the opportunity to see this performance on Monday, November 13, 2017. For more information read about the Purdue Convocations Youth Series.
We believe the performing arts are capable of amazing things. Specifically, theatre is a universal phenomenon that cuts across cultures and societies. Theatre teaches us lessons about expression, ourselves, history, cultures other than our own, social change, and creativity. Theatre is an excellent way to learn. Even though we believe theatre is a powerful tool, arts organizations have done little to understand the impact of live performances in the way of objectively researched data. Based on a small study discussed in the article Learning from Live Theater authored by Greene, Hitt, Kraybill, and Bogulski, Purdue Convocations has developed a plan for a larger study to examine the impact of a live performance of Enchantment Theatre Company’s My Father’s Dragon on the literacy skills of some of our youngest patrons. This potentially field-defining work will include the students who attend school matinees of our performances as well as an additional 20,000 to 30,000 students nationwide. For more information on this study, contact Dr. Amanda Mayes, Manager of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2PM / STEWART CENTER LOBBY
Get your picture taken with a dragon and enjoy dragon activities. The Columbian Park Zoo will present animals from the story.