November 2, 2017

The book ‘My Father’s Dragon’ comes to life on stage at Purdue University on Nov. 12

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Enchantment Theatre Company will bring “My Father’s Dragon” to Loeb Playhouse in the Stewart Center on November 12 at 3 p.m. This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations. 

At 2 p.m. in the Stewart Lobby, get your picture taken with a dragon and enjoy dragon-themed activities. The Columbian Park Zoo will present animals from the story.

This season, Convocations will lead a nationwide study involving more than 10,000 children at 16 presenting organizations. Each participating student will read the book “My Father’s Dragon” and see a live performance. The study will determine what impact the live performance has on a student’s understanding of the plot, characters, and vocabulary used in the book. 

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,” according to the New York Times, the production is a tale of derring-do and laughter, too. 

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Stewart Center box office at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group tickets are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 30-40 performances of widely varying genres: Broadway-style shows, theater, dance, children's theater, world music, jazz, and chamber music, along with rock, pop, country and comedy attractions. With a vision for connecting artists and audiences in artistic dialogue and for drawing in academic discourse, Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media. 

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712,

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