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Fall Family Theater: Gustafer, The Gruffalo, Mummenschanz and more….

August 15, 2012

The Ugly Duckling in full techno world

Fall is coming and that means your calendar is going to start filling up quickly with school dates and everything from art to theater openings. To help you begin planning for this year’s children’s theater season, we have the lineup from NYU Skirball Center’s Big Red Chair Family Series.

The 2012-2013 Big Red Chair season kicks off on September 15 with Gustafer Yellowgold with Strings Attached, a multimedia performance that features Brooklyn favorite Morgan Taylor and a full band, animated illustrations and storytelling. If you haven’t seen Gustafer yet- you must.

The rest of the season are stagings of beloved children’s books.

September 15 at 11 A.M.: Gustafer Yellowgold with Strings Attached

“The most original performer on the family-music scene today…Not to be missed.”—New York Magazine
Recommended for Ages 3 and Up
Performance Length: 60 minutes

November 23, 2012 at 2:00 P.M., November 24 and 25 at 11:00 A.M. : The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare

The award-winning Corbian Arts and Dance join Light Wire Theater to bring these two well-known classics to life in a high-tech and dazzling production featuring glow-in-the-dark, 3D puppets and props. Swirling shapes move, leap and seemingly float across the stage, accompanied by a soundtrack of classical and contemporary music.
Recommended for Ages 3 and Up
Performance Length: 60 minutes

December 11-15, 18-22, 26-29, January 2-5 at 7:00 P.M.
December 15, 22, 26, 29, January 2, 5 at 2:00 P.M.
December 16, 23, 30, January 6 at 3:00 P.M.



“Dazzling and delightful”—The New York Times
Showgoers of all ages and culture who witness weird timeless creatures and incredible colorful forms competing to enchant them.  The troupe creates a playful and uniquely memorable experience through an inventive use of forms, shadow and light and creative manipulation of sculptural, expressive masks. The result is a visually stunning spectacle of family entertainment that sparks the imagination and transcends cultural barriers.
Recommended for ages 6+

March 2 at 11 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. : Guess How Much I Love You? & I Love My Little Storybook
“A magical, meditative experience”—The Chronicle Herald (Canada)
Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. In turn, Big Nutbrown Hare loves him as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. And so it continues.  The award-winning classic from author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram, Guess How Much I Love You, comes to cheerful life in this all-enveloping experience from Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, a Big Red Chair Family Series favorite. The company is ranked among North America’s most respected theatres for the young. Their unique adaptations of children’s literature have delighted more than four million young people on four continents.
Recommended for Ages 3 and Up
Performance Length: 75 minutes

April 27 at 11:00 A.M. & 2:00 P.M. The Gruffalo

“Irresistibly charming” – The Times (UK)
A mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined? Join him on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the multi award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  Following the international success of Room on the Broom and Twinkle Twonkle, Tall Stories Theatre Company returns to New York with a celebrated production of this beloved story. Showcasing Tall Stories’ distinctive physical, visual performance style, The Gruffalo is full of songs, laughs and scary fun.
Recommended for Ages 3 and Up
Performance Length: 75 minutes

Tickets for Big Red Chair performances may be purchased online at www.nyuskirball.org, by phone at 212.352.3101 or 866.811.4111, or in person at the NYU Skirball Center Shagan Box Office: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00–6:00 P.M. Tickets are available individually or in a special $150 8-pack that includes: 8 tickets to attend any BRC performance and a tax-deductible $50 donation to support future NYU Skirball Center programming. Limit two packages per family, per season, and 4 tickets per performance. The 8-pack is available for purchase through November 30; other limits and restrictions may apply.

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square
New York, New York 10012.
For more information, please visit www.nyuskirballcenter.org.