From the classic, endearing stories of A.A. Milne come the Adventure ‘N Theatre’s magical production of “A Winnie The Pooh Christmas Tail.” It’s time to share a pot of honey, to trim the tree and sing a carol or two, but all is not merry in the Hundred Acre Woods for Eeyore, who has lost his tail. It is up to Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, along with their friends Christopher Robin, Rabbit, Owl, Tigger and Kanga and Roo, to find it before Christmas Eve. The script and music for this Christmas story, are written by James W. Rogers and include 12 delightful musical numbers.
Winnie-the-Pooh made his first appearance on Dec. 24 1925, in a Christmas story commissioned and published by the London newspaper The Evening News. A.A. Milne’s first collection of stories about Pooh Bear was the book Winnie-The-Pooh published in 1926. This was followed by “The House at Pooh Corner” in 1928.
Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his son Christopher Robin. Christopher had named his toy bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear which he often saw at London Zoo and Pooh, a swan he met while on holiday. Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Eeyore and Piglet the other popular characters in Milne’s stories were also named after the young Christopher’s toys.
Adventure ‘N Theatre is the CLC’s young people’s acting troupe for performers ages 7 to 17. The cast includes: Theodore Wadsten as Christopher Robin; Matthew O’Reilly as Winnie the Pooh, a bear of very little brains; Abby Pratt, 7, as Piglet, pooh’s best friend; Justin Lane as Rabbit; Luke O’Reilly as tiger; Andrew Smith as owl; Sydney Stock as Kanga; Trinity Shields as Roo; and Andy Hopps as Eeyore.
The Chorus of rabbits include Emily DeChaine, Emma Ferrie, Lauren Forsythe, Abby Larson, Anhicka Perez, Kirsten Schrorer, Lizzy Thurlow and Laura Wadsten. Nathan Shetka is Grandpa Rabbit.
The production will hit stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 10 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus . The play is designed for audiences over age 3. The 2 p.m. showing is an American Sign Language signed performance.
All tickets are $5.50 and may be purchased online at wwwclctickets.com or by calling CLC Theatre Box Office at 855-8199.
The production is directed by Dennis Lamberson, with musical direction by Jessica Huppler. David Wilson is the costumer and Ron Oden is the production stage manager.
“Last year’s ANT production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ sold out fast,” said Lamberson. “The 2 p.m. Saturday performance for Pooh is already sold out. Get your tickets soon and follow your tummy to the Hundred Acre Woods for a Christmas musical celebration of friendship, sharing and caring.”