Pollyanna Theatre Company presents
A Moon of My Own
Dramatized by Andrew Perry
Based on the book written by Jennifer Rustgi and illustrated by Ashley White
September 29 – October 8, 2017
WHO: Pollyanna Theatre Company
WHAT: A Moon of My Own dramatized by Andrew Perry, and based on the book written by Jennifer Rustgi and illustrated by Ashley White
WHEN: September 29 – October 8, 2017
Weekend performances are September 30 and October 1, 7, and 8 at 2 pm; Weekday performances are September 29 at 11:30 am and October 2, 5, and 6 at 9:30 am and 11:30 am
WHERE: Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704
TICKETS: Weekend tickets range from $10.50 – $13.50. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting www.pollytheatre.org. Weekday tickets are $6 for individuals or $3.50 – $5 for groups, and can be reserved by calling (512) 743-7966.
Austin, TX – Central Texas’ most well-known children’s theatre company, Pollyanna Theatre, a resident company of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, is kicking off its 2017-2018 season with A Moon of My Own dramatized by Andrew Perry and based on the book written by local author Jennifer Rustgi and illustrator Ashley White. This new play, best suited for children ages 4 – 8, runs September 29 – October 8, 2017 at the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside, Austin, TX 78704.
A Moon of My Own tells the story of a girl who takes nighttime adventures with her faithful companion the moon. Told through movement and heartfelt humor, this new play invites audiences to journey along with Avanjali as she explores fantastic places around the world, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Amazon Rainforest. Using the imaginative book, playwright Andrew Perry has created a playful story about geography, science, and the people all over the globe who share the same Moon.
When asked what she wishes readers and audience members will take away from this story, Jennifer Rustgi says, “I hope it conveys a sense of ‘oneness’ and cultivates a sense of wonder. No matter where we are on Earth, we are all under the same Moon. That’s a pretty steep concept for children to get, but I believe there’s great value in helping kids understand that we are part of a much bigger world full of different cultures. And there is so much to appreciate in our beautiful world! I think we’re all happier when we allow ourselves (and our children) to slow down and see it.”
As with all Pollyanna Theatre productions, the cast is comprised of adult, professional actors, including Chloe Cox, Martinique Duchene, and William Swift. The show is directed by Judy Matetzschk-Campbell with Sound Design and Stage Management by Andrew Perry, Costume Design by Colleen McCool, Set Design by Chase Staggs, Light Design by Natalie George and Choreography by Kelly Hasandras.
Parents, teachers and caregivers can download a free study guide to accompany the production by visiting http://www.pollyannatheatrecompany.org/teachers/lesson-plans/. The guide contains an overview of the play, educational objectives and pre/post discussion questions and activities.
ABOUT POLLYANNA THEATRE COMPANY: The founders of Pollyanna Theatre Company believe that theatre is a powerful teaching tool that speaks to people of all ages in a unique and powerful way through a variety of visual, aural, and emotional languages. Therefore, theatre should be a part of all general education from pre-kindergarten through adulthood. Toward that end, The Pollyanna Theatre Company strives to work alongside educators to inspire, motivate, and teach audiences of all ages. Although the company’s primary focus is upon young audience members, the ensemble performs top quality theatrical productions that speak to and illuminate the human spirit and condition for all ages. www.pollyannatheatrecompany.org
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Andrew Perry holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Management, with a minor in Music. He has been with Pollyanna Theatre for over ten years, and in that time, has stage managed more than fifty productions, sound designed thirteen, and written six of the scripts. This new production of A Moon of My Own is an especially welcome challenge as it requires so many facets of theatre, including projections, movement, puppetry, and music, in order to bring this story to the stage. Andrew says, “As a playwright and sound designer, I am proud to take part in the opportunity to adapt the heartfelt poetry and images of this wonderful story about a little girl and Earth’s closest neighbor.”
ABOUT A MOON OF MY OWN: A Moon of My Own was created in 2016 by two Austinites: author Jennifer Rustgi and illustrator Ashley White. Recommended for preschool to second grade aged children, this engaging picture book takes kids on a trip around the world and teaches phases of the moon as well as other aspects of astronomy and geography. While A Moon of My Own is Jennifer’s second book, it will be her first book to go to space. Chosen to be a part of the Story Time from Space Program, the book is traveling to the International Space Station to be read by Astronauts.