The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) opens its 2013-2014 Target Storybook Series with ArtsPower National Touring Theatre's “The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle” on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Believing that anything is possible, believing that magic can be found anywhere, and above all believing in oneself are all lessons to be found in this new musical version of Watty Piper's timeless tale of Little Blue, a pint-sized engine who dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the Piney Vale Express. Featuring a score by Richard DeRosa, entertaining lyrics and book by ArtsPower's artistic director Greg Gunning, and colorful, inventive sets and costumes, the show celebrates the extraordinary strength of "I think I can!"
"For many children, The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle may be the first stage production they ever see," says ArtsPower's executive producer Gary Blackman. "Our goal is not only to teach them valuable lessons about self-reliance, but also to instill in them a genuine love of theater."
Celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2013, ArtsPower is one of America's preeminent nonprofit producers and presenters of professional theater for young and family audiences. With over 750 performances annually, the company has amassed an audience of more than 12 million people in 47 states.
The centerpiece of BCBC's 2013-2014 family programming, the Target Storybook Series, features performances based on classic and contemporary children's literature and aims to encourage the development of strong reading skills at home in children ages 4 to 8. Each performance is accompanied by a Parents' Guide, with literacy-based activity sheets, reading tips, and discussion topics, giving parents the opportunity to engage their children both pre- and post-performance.