Make Believe Neighborhood

Make Believe Neighborhood

Sun, February 11 2018 · 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
In the Heart of the Beast

Make Believe Neighborhood celebrates Mr. Rogers and the neighborhood helpers he told us to look for – the ordinary people who do extraordinary work to make our own South Minneapolis neighborhood a brighter, healthier, friendlier place. Join us as we explore Fred Rogers’ amazing life as an advocate for children, an artist, a friend, a peace activist, and everyday person. At the same time, we’ll shine a spotlight on some of the neighbors who have made our community what it is today.

Directed by Bart Buch
Musical Direction by Martin Dosh
Featuring Artistic Collaborators and performers Seth Eberle, Masanari Kawahara, Angela Olson, and Laurie Witzkowski

February 2 – 25, 2018
Tickets are now on sale!
$20 general admission
$10 children/students/seniors

Recommended for ages 4-104 (children will love the colorful puppets and projections; adults will appreciate the deeper implications of being a good neighbor and loving people just the way they are). Runtime 90 minutes plus intermission.

ASL interpretation will be available for the 2:30 pm matinee on Saturday, February 17.

Audio Description, for patrons who are blind or have low vision, will be available for the 2:30pm matinee on Saturday, February 10.

Post-show event: Mr. Rogers Helps Us All – A panel discussion with child development experts about the genius of Fred Rogers  (4:30-5pm)

This post-show discussion celebrates the life and legacy of Mr. Rogers as an advocate for children by holding up members of our community who have dedicated their lives to early childhood education. Special guests join HOBT’s Bart Buch in discussing what it means to be kind in today’s society, how role modelling affects developing minds, and what it means to be a neighbor in the deepest sense.

Speakers: Nanci Oleson (An AMI Montessori certified writer and Former Director of Mayflower Early Childhood Center) and Mike Huber (Author of Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play: Teaching with the Body in Mind)