The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!

EXTENDED through March 2nd, 2014
Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm

FOUR STARS! You’ll have a squealing good time!”  –Chicago Theater Beat

RECOMMENDED! It’s hard not to fall for [the wolf] as he soft-shoes and howls his carnivorous path to freedom.”  –Chicago Reader

Lifeline’s ‘3 Little Pigs’ is a Hit!… A must-see for families”  –Make It Better

There are two sides to every story and the long-suppressed account of the Big, Bad Wolf is finally brought to light in Piggsylvania’s Trial of the Century. But can a lone wolf get a fair trial in a corrupt piggy court? And will anyone believe that all the “huffing and puffing” nonsense was just a cover-up for a simple story about a sneeze and a cup of sugar? Enter the jury box and decide the fate of Big ‘n Bad in this hit musical for the entire family.

Recommended for kids 5 and up. Children under 2 are not permitted.

Based on the popular bestseller by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith 
Adapted by Robert Kauzlaric 
Music by Paul Gilvary and William Rush 
Directed by Amanda Link

Adapted from the book THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Copyright ©1989 by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.

Excerpt from The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!. Music by Paul Gilvary & William Rush.

  • Allison Cain (Prudence)

    Allison is thrilled to be back treading the boards with Lifeline, where audiences have seen her in Johnny TremainCrossing CaliforniaThe Mark of Zorro, and Mariette in Ecstasy. She received her training at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and Columbia College in Chicago. As an actor, she has performed in over thirty productions in Chicago since 1992. She was a proud ensemble member of the Factory Theater from 2000 to 2011, and served as Executive Director from 2001-2007. Since 2009 she has served as the Managing Director of Lifeline Theatre, where she remains committed to the production of new works.

  • Diana Coates (Magill)

    Diana is absolutely thrilled to be making her Lifeline Theatre stage debut. She was recently seen at Victory Gardens playing the role of Margarat in Rasaka Theatre Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. She’s also had a blast playing with Eclipse Theatre, Babes with Blades, and the Muse of Fire Company, where she shared her love for the arts with a great group of kids in Evanston. Up next, you can find Diana at Piccolo Theatre playing Hermia in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  • Marissa Lessman (Rocky/Dr. Bobby/Martha/Maxwell)

    Marissa is an actress/sketch comedian and has worked with Second City Hollywood and Chicago, pH Comedy Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Stage 773, ImprovOlympic, and The Groundlings. She was recently a cast member and staff writer for a critically-aclaimed sketch show at Second City, LA. She is currently working on The Bully Show with Alphabet Soup Productions as well as is thrilled to be understudying Lyle Finds His Mother in the spring with Lifeline. She has a BFA in Acting from Chicago College of Performing Arts. She wears cable-knit and eats too much cheese.

  • Amanda Roeder (Julia)

    Amanda is thrilled to return to Lifeline Theatre! Her last appearance at Lifeline was in the groovalicious production of The Emperor’s New Threadsas Mom/June/Marissa/Primp. Other Chicago credits include Annee in Anneepocalypse with Hubris Productions as well as work with Infamous Commonwealth Theatre, Rivendell Theatre, the Plagiarists, City Lit, Nothing Special Productions and Circle Theatre. Amanda received her BA in acting from Illinois State University and has taken classes at Black Box Studio.

  • David Sajewich (Al)

    David is thrilled to be performing at Lifeline Theatre for the first time! David’s recent Chicago credits include The Pajama Game (Music Theatre Company), The Baker’s Wife (both Circle Theatre and Music Theatre Company), Fiddler on the Roof (Paramount Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet (First Folio Theatre). Regionally, David has also performed in both Once Upon A Mattress and Legally Blonde at the Fireside Theatre.

  • Alexandra Gonzalez (Understudy)

    This is Alexandra’s second production with Lifeline, having previously worked as an understudy on Click, Clack, BOO!. She is a graduate of CCPA at Roosevelt University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous Chicago credits include Mavra in Dead Souls (Spartan Theatre Company), Jo March in Little Women (NightBlue Performing Arts Company), and Cissy Torres in Dancing in the Mirror (Chicago Pride Films and Plays). Around the country she has been seen as Mary Jane in the national tour of Huckleberry Finn.

  • Bailey Heinz (Understudy)

    Bailey is ecstatic to be understudying for The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! in her first show with Lifeline Theatre. She is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Theatre: Acting. Past credits include Cinderella/Wilhemina in Cinderella; Kate in July 7th, 1994; and she was a member of the New Works Play Ensemble at CCC. She is also a proud former intern and teaching artist at Lifeline.

  • Charlotte Long (Understudy)

    After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in New York with a dual concentration in Literature and Theater, Charlotte moved back to her hometown of Chicago to begin life in the city’s performance world. Previous shows include the Factory’s Toast of the Town, Prop Theater’s Always Saturday, Mechanical Advantage’s Salome, ShaBAM!’s production of Refuge with Susan Padveen, the Plagiarists’ King Ubu, and Oracle Theater’s The Revenge of Radio Goggles. Charlotte will be performing this upcoming Spring with Right Brain Theater and in the Whisky Rebellion’s Rinofest piece. On the side, Charlotte combines dance-theater, ukulele and some solo writing in small multi-media performance pieces.

  • Timothy Maples (Understudy)

    Timothy is ecstatic to be returning to Lifeline once again after appearing earlier this season in Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat as the Farmer Brown understudy. He was last seen in Chicago in Oak Park Festival Theatre’s production of Amadeus. A recent graduate from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO, Timothy is thrilled to be back in the city of Chicago and to be involved with such an awesome company!

  • Robert Kauzlaric (Adaptor)

    Robert is a proud member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble. He has written over a dozen adaptations which have been produced all across the U.S., as well as in England, Ireland, and Canada. For Lifeline, he has adapted The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Best Production-Play and New Adaptation), The Picture of Dorian GrayNeverwhere (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), The MoonstoneThe Woman in WhiteThe Three MusketeersFlight of the DodoThe 13 Clocks, and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Robert has also appeared as an actor in fifteen productions on the Lifeline stage, and directed Treasure Island and Hunger.

  • Paul Gilvary (Co-Composer)

    Paul’s history of composing for Lifeline Theatre began in 2000 with Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Since then, Paul has written music for Puss in BootsBongo Larry and Two Bad BearsThe True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!Crossing CaliforniaCat’s Cradle, and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Paul has also written music for Tellin’ Tales Theater, Silent Theater, Polarity Theater, and he has played bass in several productions for Strawdog Theater. By day, Paul is an elementary school music teacher. By night, he plays bass fiddle with the Sun Blisters.

  • William Rush (Co-Composer)

    A sometime band-mate to co-composer Paul Gilvary, and a student of the mystic arts, Bill channels musical guides through the ether. A self-described ‘rhythmic sculptor,’ his musical training started with the gift of an AM clock radio and ended with violin lessons at age 8.

  • Amanda Link (Director)

    Amanda is honored to be a Lifeline ensemble member and is thrilled to direct this show. Also at Lifeline, she choreographed and assistant directed The Emperor’s New Threads, assistant directed and movement designed The City & The City, assistant directed Pride and Prejudice, and appeared in Click, Clack, BOO!Duck For President (2012 and 2008), How To Survive A Fairy TaleDooby Dooby MooMrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and Half Magic. Amanda is also a proud member of the Lifeline Storytelling Project. Other Chicago credits include work with Griffin Theatre, The Mill, The Anatomy Collective, and Sandbox Theatre Project.

  • Jennifer Aparicio (Stage Manager)

    Jennifer returns to Lifeline, where she last stage managed The Emperor’s New Threads. Past stage management credits include Arnie the Doughnut(Lifeline), Empanada for a Dream (16th Street Theater), Tony Fitzpatrick’s Trilogy (This TrainStation’s Lost, and Nickel History) at Steppenwolf Garage and The Boiler in Brooklyn, NY; as well as work with Prop THTR and Teatro Luna. Jennifer also works with Pegasus Players as their production manager.

  • Benjamin W. Dawson (Production Manager)

    Prior to coming to Chicago, Ben served as the Production Safety Coordinator with The Santa Fe Opera and as Art Director for several television series with networks like Discovery, PBS, MTV and VH1. In Chicago, Ben has served, among other things, as Production Manager for Pine Box Theater and WildClaw Theatre; as Technical Director for Haven Theatre and The Strange Tree Group; and as the Scene Shop Foreman at Goodman Theatre. In addition to his work with Lifeline, Ben is also a Company Member and the Production Manager for Sideshow Theatre Company and the Assistant Technical Director for Lookingglass Theatre Company.

  • Alan Donahue (Lighting Designer)

    Alan recently brought Christmas to Branson, MO and Pigeon Forge, TN, having opened two productions of A Christmas Carol and one of It’s a Wonderful Life featuring his scenic designs. Returning home, Remy Bumppo theatre mounted his scenic design for An Inspector Calls. Alan is an ensemble member of Lifeline where his designs for The Little SisterJane Eyre (2001), Around the World in 80 DaysMariette in Ecstasy, and Neverwhere have received Non-Equity Jeff Awards. For Lifeline, he has also adapted Donald E. Westlake’s Trust Me on This and Adam Langer’s Crossing California for the MainStage and Daniel Pinkwater’s Bongo Larry and Two Bad Bears and Eileen Spinelli’s Sophie Masterpiece: A Spider’s Tale for the KidSeries. In March he will be designing scenery for Lyle Finds His Mother.

  • Amanda Herrmann (Properties Designer)

    Amanda is very happy to be joining the team at Lifeline. Perviously she has worked at Peninsula Players, American Blues Theatre, Paramount Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Victory Gardens and Silk Road Rising. As a young designer, she is grateful for all the opportunities to work in this hard working community. Amanda is a graduate from Ripon College in Ripon, WI.

  • Anthony Ingram (Sound Designer)

    Anthony is very happy to be back at Lifeline after having most recently designed sound for Click, Clack, BOO!. Previous designs for Lifeline include Duck For President (2012); How To Survive A Fairy TaleClick, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (2010); and Dooby Dooby Moo. As the resident Sound Designer and Production Manager at Signal Ensemble Theatre, Tony has worked on a majority of their productions, including East of Berlin & The Russian PlayAces1776AftermathThe Ballad Of The Sad Cafe, and Seascape. He has also worked with Shattered Globe Theatre, Bailiwick, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, and The Right Brain Project. Tony is the Technical Associate for The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago.

  • Joanna Iwanicka (Scenic & Puppet Designer)

    Joanna is thrilled to work again at Lifeline, where she designed the set for the original production of The True Story of 3 Little Pigs!Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, and Duck for President (2012); masks/puppets for Dooby Dooby MooThe Last of The DragonsThe Blue Shadow, and Watership Down; and managed props for A Room with a View. Her recent credits include designing sets for the Strawdog Theatre’s Great Expectations and Improbable Frequency, Trap Door Theatre’s The Balcony and Core of the Pudel, as well as productions at Rivendell, The Division Theatre Company, Bialystok Puppet Theatre and Teatr Arlekin in her native Poland. This spring, she will design Lifeline’s MainStage production of Monstrous Regiment.

  • Emily McConnell (Costume Designer)

    Emily is very excited to be working with Lifeline for the first time. In addition to being the Resident Costume Designer for Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of the Performing Arts, she also freelances for such companies as Oak Park Festival Theatre (AmadeusTwelfth NightInherit the WindRichard III), Redtwist (Reverb), Artistic Home (American Plan), Northlight (Black Pearl Sings), Dog & Pony (Roadkill Confidential), Gift Theatre (Suicide Incorporated), Steep Theatre (LutherLakeboatHollow LandsIn Arabia…), Theatre Mir, American Theatre Company, Remy Bumppo, Griffin Theatre and About Face. She is a proud Artistic Associate of Steep Theatre, and has her MFA in Costume and Set Design from Northwestern University.

  • Laura McKenzie (Musical Director)

    Laura is hog happy to be working with Lifeline! One of her all-time favorite roles was Meg Murray in Lifeline’s production of A Wrinkle in Time. Previous music directing credits include That’s Weird, Grandma (Barrel of Monkeys) and Beer (Neo-Futurists). Upcoming music directing credits include Hey! Dancin! Hey Musical!, for which Laura is also the composer and lyricist (Factory Theater). Laura was half of the comedy facemelt duo The Laura On Laura Comeback Tour and is currently an ensemble member with Barrel of Monkeys and Factory Theater.

  • Joe Schermoly (Technical Director)

    Joe is a set designer, technical director and a company member with Griffin Theatre. His design work has been seen at Lifeline Theatre (The Count of Monte CristoThe City & The City), Griffin Theatre (Spelling BeeFlare PathPunk RockNo More Dead DogsPortConstant Wife), Theatre Wit (Completeness), Seanachaí (The Seafarer), Strawdog Theatre (Duchess of MalfiMaster and MargaritaRichard III), Sideshow Theatre (IdomeneusThe Ugly One), Eclipse (Beyond the HorizonThe Trestle at Pope Lick Creek) and more. He has also designed and built shows in London for The Finborough, Bush and Gate theatres among others. Joe studied set design at Northwestern University and has received two After Dark Awards and two Jeff Nominations.

From Chicago Theater Beat

Porkicide in Piggsylvania! Or was it???
January 21, 2014
By Kat Hey


Everyone deserves their day in court should they be accused of a heinous crime. What about when the reputation of the accused is so widely known and there are factors weighing against them? Lifeline Theatre presents a delightful musical that answers these questions in language that any little piggy er… I mean child can understand.

The story, based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, is presented as a news story being followed by the media and wannabe star reporter Magill (Diana Coates). Magill announces the trial and her wanting to get the real scoop as if it were PNN (Pig Network News), even though she is just trying to get her hoof in the door. Coates has the requisite bubbly enthusiasm and looks mighty fine with the cute ears and snout.

David Sajewich brings a sweet and nerdy side out in Alexander T. Wolf a.k.a. Big Bad (but please call him Al.). Sajewich resembles more of a sweet puppy than a vicious lupine. He howls his way through the Wolf Blues, and even moonwalks with grace and ease.

Al (a.k.a. Big Bad) is led out of the pen and into the courtroom of Judge Prudence (Allison Cain) and prosecuting attorney Julia (Amanda Roeder). Cain and Roeder have lines that seem to be custom made for Chicago politics. In other words, the fix is in, and that it’s all about who you know in Piggsylvania — not to mention that the two play golf together at the same club of which Al cannot be a member. When Cain enters they rap ‘here comes the judge,’ which is from the late chitlin’ circuit comic Pigmeat Markham. (I think that I may have been the only one in the house that caught that but one never knows.) Roeder is in fine comic form as the blustery prosecuting attorney who would be called a barracuda, were it not for her porcine genetics. Marissa Lessman rounds out the cast in a quadruple feat of amazement. Lessman plays Rocky the Bailiff, Bobby the doctor and expert witness, Martha the cola bottle glass wearing eye witness, and Maxwell the surviving pig. The best laughs come from Martha, who is right out of a John Waters movie with her outfit and mannerisms. Maxwell is also a great character as a pig with a trade in masonry.

The show is scored quite well, with catchy melodies and fun choreography. The storyline doesn’t talk down to the children nor does it clean up the story where they all escape to the brick house. The ill-prepared pigs become dinner for sure because a wolf has got to do what a wolf does. The story I remember is that the third pig put a boiling kettle at the bottom of the chimney and had wolf stew. That was deemed too gruesome but at least the kids get to know where ham comes from in this rendition.

Was it-premeditated porkicide? The fun is having the audience as the jury and they have to oink, squeal, and snort the verdict. I’m not revealing our verdict but I trust that all the little piggies in the audience will see that justice is done for Alexander T. Wolf.

Lifeline does an excellent job of bringing children’s stories to the stage. The set for this production is top notch. It resembles a hyper-real game show set with lights flashing and beautifully painted props. I highly recommend this show for kids and adults as well. The show runs 1 hour and there is a chance to meet the cast after the show for photo-ops and autographs. You’ll have a squealing good time!

From the Chicago Reader

January 15, 2014
By Suzanne Scanlon


Lifeline Theatre wants us to consider the wolf in the latest installment in its KidSeries, a lively musical adaptation of the popular children’s book by the same name. Audience members play along as piggy-jurors in a highly corrupt if entertaining courtroom in Piggsylvania. Judge Prudence (Allison Cain) presides, but only sort of: her fondness for show tunes and puppetry keeps things from getting too serious. After a series of unreliable witnesses, the much-maligned wolf gets to tell his side of the story. He doesn’t offer the most convincing defense, but it’s hard not to fall for him as he soft-shoes and howls his carnivorous path to freedom. The kids in the audience enjoyed it, and it was lots of fun for the four grown men — sans kiddos — behind me, too.

From Make It Better

Lifeline’s “3 Little Pigs” is a Hit
January 21, 2014
By Beth Engelman

Looking for a way to chase the winter blues? Look no further than Lifeline Theatre’s new musical production, “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!”

This musical, based on the popular book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, turns the classic story on its head. Audiences will “squeal” with delight as they hear both sides of the Pig versus Wolf tale. Is Alexander T. Wolf a big, bad pig-eating monster, or is he just a helpless carnivore with a cold? It will be up to the jury/audience to decide as the plaintiff and prosecutor sing, dance and charm their way through the courtroom comedy.

The play was creatively adapted for stage by ensemble member Robert Kauzlaric, whose credits also include writing the stage adaptation of Lifeline’s “Naked Mole Gets Dressed.” Lifeline’s Amanda Link directed the production while William Rush and Paul Gilvary composed the toe-tapping songs.

“The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!” features Amanda Roeder as feisty prosecutor Julia and David Sajewich as her courtroom nemesis, Alexander T. Wolf. Both actors are witty and engaging as they try to one-up each other to prove their case. Equally entertaining are Diana Coates and Allison Cain as court reporter Magill and Justice Prudence, respectively. My favorite actor (and my 8-year-old son agrees) is Marissa Lessman, whose experience as a sketch comedian at The Second City is evident as she deftly portrays four different characters with four amusing and distinct personalities.

Justice is served in the end (or is it?), but the outcome is the same — “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!” is a must-see for families.

From Chicago Now

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs a fun family show
February 3, 2014
By Shari Schmidt

We were invited to see The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! at the Lifeline Theatre and I hesitated for a minute. Our daughters are ten now, so they are starting to outgrow our favorite fairy tales. The great thing about The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! is that it’s based on a book elementary schools read in class. This is a fun show for kids of all ages. There were preschoolers and Jr. High School students at our show. They all laughed.

Lifeline Theatre is in Rogers Park, which is a great Chicago neighborhood. We arrived about ½ hour early so we walked around a little before going to The Common Cup for hot chocolate and bakery treats. Our girls really liked sitting in the coffee shop watching people come in and out. They sat at the table chatting like they spent a lot of time in coffee shops.

Lifeline has a fun little park next to it. I had a hard time getting our girls into the theater. They wanted to stand outside talking about the artwork. They spotted the street library, which I explained was a way for people to share books. In this library they had magazines. Our girls were anxious to take a magazine, but I told them they were a bit young to read Architectural Digest or Wine and Food.

The show was wonderful. What I really admire about theater companies dedicated to children’s theater is how they work the audience of children into the production. In The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! the audience served as the jury. Throughout the show the actors talked to the audience as if the audience was another actor.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! is a family musical based on the popular children’s book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. The concept is that there are two sides to every story and the long-suppressed account of the Big, Bad Wolf is finally brought to light in Piggsylvania’s Trial of the Century. Can a lone wolf get a fair trial in a corrupt piggy court? And will anyone believe that all the “huffing and puffing” nonsense was just a cover-up for a simple story about a sneeze and a cup of sugar? This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission.

I won’t say how our jury voted, but let’s just say it was a unanimous decision. After the show the actors signed autographs in the lobby. Each actor charmed the children by talking to them about their experience. I asked the actors about the ending. They said that they did have an alternate ending from the one we saw. They perform the ending based upon the jury’s decision. At that moment I wanted to ask them what the alternate closing song was, but I resisted. It turns out that every show ended the same way we voted. You’ll have to see the show for yourself to find out how the jury voted.

From Faith, Family & Creativity

February 1, 2014
By Christine Trevino

We were invited to attend opening weekend of Lifeline Theatre’s adaptation of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! back in January, but we were all sick — times two. After being extended a very gracious opportunity to reschedule, and a trip to the local library to check out the book the show is based on, we finally made it out to Rogers Park for an exciting family adventure day in the unbelievably crazy Chicago snow.

Based on the book by Jon Scieszka, with script and lyrics by Robert Kauzlaric, music by Paul Gilvary and William Rush, and directed by Amanda Link; Lifeline’s musical twist on the tale of the Big Bad Wolf was both humorous and fun. Alexander T. Wolf shares his side of the story under the scrutiny of a piggy court and jury — who just happens to be the audience (AND who has the pleasure of determining his fate!).

What I loved about the show:

  • I’m an absolute sucker for musical theater — the dancing, the singing, the witty nuances — it gets me every time. In no other circumstance are you allowed to break into song in the middle of regular conversation, except the theater. God bless the theater.
  • The actor and actresses simply put were phenomenal performers. They were spot on for the entire show and they brought a humor to the presentation beyond the scripted lines.
  • Which brings me to the script itself. Superbly written. I would guess MAYBE 10-15 minutes of the entire presentation was word for word out of Scieszka’s book. The additional story Robert Kauzlaric wrote for this adaptation was original and incredible.
  • At the end of the show the audience actually determines the fate of Alexander T. Wolf. I LOVE that they had two different closing numbers tailored to each audience response.
  • Following the show the actor and actresses were available in the lobby to take pictures and sign autographs. That was a big deal to my boys who both wanted their picture taken with Big Bad (who coincidentally was the only male in the show).

What I loved about the theater:

  • All of Lifeline’s shows are original adaptations of written works. I loved that this was not only an hour event for our family. Being able to read the book before and after the show was a really exciting piece for the boys. Even their main stage presentations are all based on books/novels that can be read prior to attending.
  • The theater was easily accessible — even in the snow — and extremely well kept. It had a great lobby to performance area ratio and great restroom facilities (which totally makes a difference for the momma’s who have recently potty-trained little ones).

From the Little Style File

February 5, 2014
By Keely Flynn

Looking for a howling good time for the kiddos? Try Lifeline Theatre’s The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, adapted from those masters of hilariously reworked fables, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. This new work (with script and lyrics by Robert Kauzlaric, music by Paul Gilvary and William Rush, and direction by Amanda Link), focuses on the “other” side to the well-known piggy and wolf tale. As in- what if he didn’t do it?

The audience gets to be part of the action in this zippy production, acting as jurors in Piggsylvania, and deciding if a misunderstood wolf can get a fair trial in this hog-happy town. This show has it all: fun dialogue, upbeat musical numbers, and a cast that must sleep for days after performances (the quick character changes on the part of Marissa Lessman in particular left me impressed and sympathetically exhausted.) The utterly likeable “big and bad” Wolf (the charming David Sajewich) was a fun twist on an infamous character, and the prosecutor and judge (Amanda Roeder and Allison Cain, respectively) brought slick humor in droves. Tying it all together is Diana Coates’ energetic Magill, an ace reporter getting to the bottom of the scandal- and acting as narrator for the jury box.

This terrific production is adorable, hilarious, and sharp enough to keep kiddos 5+ (and, ahem, a reviewer’s 2 and 4 year olds) engaged for a full hour. Parents and other grownups will dig it, too. (See how many Beatles references you can catch!)

Looking for even more reasons to love this show (and theatre)? Every Saturday and Sunday (at noon during the run of the production) is a series called Stories Come Alive where, for five bucks per kiddo, your child can participate in interactive storytelling and theatre games.

And good news, folks: this family-friendly romp has been extended by two weeks. Which gives you plenty of time to get your huff n’ puff on with the baddest of them.