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RAPA Announces Expanded Family Season

By on September 13, 2018
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RAPA Family Theatre, a professional troupe of adult actors, brings classic stories and literature to life on stage for children and their families. Eric Vaughn Johnson, RAPA Program Director, recently announced the 2018-2019 RAPA Family Theatre Season with the theme of being unique, being different, and being yourself.

Put on your fancy dress as the season kicks off with The Emperor’s New Clothes from the story by Hans Christian Anderson. From October 13-21, 2018 follow a mother and son as they plead with the Emperor for funds to bring the arts back to town. Much to their disappointment, the Emperor sends them away as he is caught up in his own self-absorbed vanity. The two peasants disguise themselves as weavers and return to the palace with the offer of a remarkable outfit for the highest price. The cunning duo craft a theatrical tale, fabling the clothes to be invisible to those who are unfit for their positions or incompetent. In reality, though, the peasants make no clothes at all! Will the Emperor see through their scheme?

Flap, waddle, and slide this Holiday season with Mr. Popper’s Penguins: The Musical from December 8-31, 2018. It is hard enough for Mr. Popper, a simple painter, to support himself and his family. The addition of twelve penguins makes it impossible to make ends meet. Until, one day, Mr. Popper has a splendid idea: he will turn the talented penguins into a traveling vaudeville act! The entire family will delight in the musical adventures of Mr. Popper and his performing feathered friends throughout laugh-out-loud tunes. Directed by Eric Vaughn Johnson.

Welcome aboard and prepare to take flight with Amelia Earhart from February 1-10, 2019. A curious reporter begins to unearth the mysteries surrounding one of America’s most captivating heroines. Follow Amelia Earhart’s exciting journey through headlines of newspaper articles, personal accounts, and flashbacks. Discover the styles and politics of the 1930’s and 1940’s and the events leading up to her sudden disappearance. Audiences of all ages will fall in love with her adventure as they attempt to answer one of the most compelling questions: “What happened, Amelia?” Directed by Marge Mattioli.

Travel back in time with the regional premiere of The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and His Friends based on the life and stories of Beatrix Potter. From March 16-24, 2019 experience Victorian England with the fascinating life of Potter and the timeless tales she created. Follow her as she overcomes a lonely, strict childhood to become one of the most widely read children’s authors of all time (with some help from her life-long friend Annie). Five delightful tales including Peter Rabbit, The Tailor of Gloucester, Two Bad Mice, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, and Jemima Puddle-Duck are interwoven in this enchanting, enlightening story for all ages. Both entertaining and educational, this play is a must for any child—or adult—who has ever fallen under the magical spell of Peter Rabbit and his many friends. Directed by David Autovino.

Beloved by all ages, HONK! The Musical is a heartwarming celebration of what makes us special. Closing the season from May 4-19, 2019 audiences can fall in love with Ugly even though he looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice as well, despite his mother’s protective sheltering. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little Ugly Duckling embarks on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Come along with Ugly and a whole flock of unique characters as he discovers being different is not a bad thing to be while singing and dancing along the way. Directed by Eric Vaughn Johnson.

Johnson stated, “our hope is that at least one child or more will discover, through theatre, that it is okay to be unique and different. Our differences are what make us special.”

Season tickets are now on sale for the five production series at the Kodak Center as a flexible package. Audience members can Mix and Match by selecting their favorite three, four, or all five shows and receive a 20% discount.

Tickets will be sold by reserved seating in the newly renovated Studio Theatre at the Kodak Center at 200 W. Ridge Rd.

All performances are approximately one hour in length plus a short intermission. And as always, children can “Meet the Cast” after each performance, with photo opportunities, autographs, and a new Activity Center.

As if that weren’t enough, community organizations (including schools) can book daytime performances throughout the week. Organizations have the options to:

·Take a field trip to the Kodak Center

·Bring a RAPA Family Theatre show to a school

·Have an educational talk-back or backstage tour after the show

This year, RAPA Family Theatre will be continuing their well respected Sensory Friendly Performance program specifically geared towards audience members with autism and special needs. All five 2018-19 productions feature a Sensory Friendly performance developed by RAPA and Monroe Boces-2.

Tickets for the RAPA Family Theatre 2018-19 season can be purchased at www.RapaTheatre.org or by calling 585-254-0073.

Tickets are $20 for Adults; $18 for Students and Seniors; $10 for Kids 12 & Under.

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