Here is the information we shared with the newspaper, radio, and television people about our production of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!.
Bloomington, In. – Indiana Festival Theatre will present the family musical, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! on June 23 at 11:00 am.
Robert Kauzlaric (script and lyrics) and the composing team of Paul Gilvary and William Rush have lovingly adapted one of the most popular children’s books of recent times, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s best-selling The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!.
In this musical for children and their families and friends, Law and Order meets Old McDonald charm in a Piggsylvania courtroom, where the Big, Bad Wolf is tried for the murder of two-thirds of the title characters. The audience takes on the role of the jury and are guided through the trial by investigative reporter-pig Lillian Magill. Lillian is eager to land an exclusive from Alexander T. Wolf, and she continuously seeks out a more complete and balanced portrayal of the events that make up the tale of the Three Little Pigs.
The audience get to hear the piggy testimonies of Doctor Billy Shears, Martha, an eye-witness of the tragedies, Maxwell, the only surviving pig in the victims’ family, and, finally, Alexander (“Al”) T. Wolf himself. The show is packed with catchy pig-themed songs, delightfully pigly-packed puns, and priceless, porcine baby-back-rib ticklers. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! is a very funny, musical, interactive show in which the children play the key role in the outcome of the trial.
Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s picture book, on which the musical is based, was first published in 1989. Since then it has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 14 languages. “It was one of my favorite books growing up!,” exclaims Taylor Crousore, who plays Al Wolf in our production. “Who wouldn’t want to play the big, bad wolf?” Taylor might be well known to local theatre audiences: he took the role of Professor Harold Hill in the IFT’s opening production of The Music Man, played Jack Kerouac in the BPP’s Maggie Cassiday, and currently is playing Smokey in the IFT’s Damn Yankees. Kids know him as the host of wtiu’s award-winning children’s show, The Friday Zone. “Both Damn Yankees and The 3 Little Pigs,” Taylor says, “are two very high energy, over-the-top, fun shows. It’s gonna be a blast!”
Taylor is excited that The 3 Little Pigs will be presented in the Indiana Festival Theatre’s small, intimate, 60-seat Studio Theatre. “I think it is a wonderful space. I love being so close with an audience, feeling their energy right there—You just feed off of it right away. I very much look forward to performing in there.”
Other cast members include Chloe Williamson, as Lillian Magill and Pig #3, Charnette Batey, as Judge Prudence and Pig #1, Hana Slevin as Prosecutor Julia and Pig #2, and Matt Birdsong playing various other roles. The production is being brought together by guest director Chad Rabinovitz, the artistic director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project, musical director Jay Ivey, costume designer Jason Orlenko, scenic designer Fred M. Duer, and lighting designer Lee Burckes.
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! is highly interactive and families are encouraged to arrive early to make their very own snout. The craft table, located outside the theatre, will open at 10:30am before every performance. The show opens June 23 at 11:00 am, and there are plenty of additional opportunities to see it on June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and July 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7. All performances begin at 11:00 a.m. General admission is $8 per person.