posted June 6, 2005

HSRT Popular Children’s Performances Set to Open

There is always another side to the story. Just ask the wolf as he explains the real story of his encounter with the three little pigs.

The familiar takes a turn for the funny this year when the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre Children's Performance Troupe presents "The True Stories of the Three Little Pigs and the Frog Prince (cont'd)" and "The Short Tree and the Bird Who Could Not Sing."

"True Story" opens in the DeWitt Studio Theatre at Hope College at 10:30 a.m. on June 29, while "The Short Tree" opens at 10:30 a.m. on July 6, also in the DeWitt Studio Theatre.

Familiar fair tales take a strange turn when they fall in the hands of writer Jon Scieszka, who was also the originator of last's year hit, "The Stinky Cheese Man." Playwright Kent Stephens returns to Scieszka's work by combining two popular books by the acclaimed children's writers into one musical.

With music ranging from Johnny Cash influenced songs to rap, and a bluesy character going by the name of B.B. Wolf, this is a musical as different as the stories it is based on.

"The True Stories of the Three Little Pigs and the Frog Prince (cont'd)" shows at 10:30 a.m. June 29, July 1, 11, 20, 25, August 3, 8, and 12. Shows at 1:30 p.m. are on August 1, 5, and 10.