School Show – Make Believe Neighborhood

colorful neighborhood scene including buildings from Lake Street in South Minneapolis

Thu, February 8 2018 · 10:00 am - 11:30 am
In the Heart of the Beast

Make Believe Neighborhood honors the life and legacy of Fred Rogers and celebrates the ordinary people who do extra-ordinary work to make our own neighborhood a brighter, healthier, friendlier place. Director Bart Buch combines puppets, music, and visual imagery to tell the story of Neighborhood Helpers in our own South Minneapolis communities – people who hold up the light through helping other people and communities believe in themselves, making better lives and neighborhoods.

Join In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and shine a light on some of our wonderful neighbors. This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets for our school matinees are available at the special discounted rate of $5!

Directed by Bart Buch. Musical Direction by Martin Dosh. Featuring artistic collaborators and performers Seth Eberle, Masanari Kawahara, Angela Olson, and Laurie Witzkowski. Image by Tim Cronin-Hnilicka.

The show will run from 10.00am – 12.00pm (with a 10 min intermission)

*To check availability or to purchase tickets, please contact Education Manager Naomi Campion at [email protected] or call 612-540-5371.

Suggested areas of study:
Local History, Theatre or Performance Studies, Visual Arts, Media Literacy, Cultural Studies, Art for Social Change

Suggested ages: Kindergarten through college. While everything about this show is suitable for young children, the Mr. Rogers content focuses more on Fred’s biography than on the TV show. This is definitely a performance that teenagers and adults will enjoy, too!

When: Thursdays throughout February 2018, curtain at 10am (pending availability). Performance length: 90 minutes plus intermission. 

Availability: We can accommodate up to 150 students and chaperones per show (pending availability at time of booking)

Post-show discussion: We will provide a brief (10-15 minutes) post-show discussion with our artists. 

Puppets with a sno cone machine

Photo by Bruce Silcox.

NEA logoThis event is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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