‘Goldilocks’ opens at Theatre for Young America

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THEATRE FOR YOUNG AMERICA PRESENTS

 Goldilocks and the Three Bears: The Musical

Kansas City, MO (April 4th, 2018) Theatre for Young America presents Goldilocks and the Three Bears the Musical at Union Station City Stage. Goldilocks and the Three Bears runs at Theatre for Young America April 10th to May 12th, 2018.

Plot Overview: In a state forest in the year 2018 there is a bear family consisting of Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear. These three are an au natural wholly organic group of growlers—greatly concerned about ecology and environmental issues. They are a very naïve family except for the fact that Baby Bear has had exposure to television by watching through the park ranger’s window. The bears are having a traditional breakfast of porridge when they discover it is too hot. They leave their cottage for a walk while the porridge is cooling. Now the plot switches to the human side of the story. In this version “Goldilocks” is really the human girl’s nickname. Her real name is Jane. She is a child star who sings about the glories of a new breakfast cereal on television commercials. The cereal is CHOCOPOPS! The song she warbles was written by her dad, Mr. Human. an advertising executive. Mr. Human is taking Jane and his wife Mrs. Human on a camping trip to get them out of the suburbs for a weekend. While they are setting up camp, Jane spies a cute little baby bear. When she runs after him, she finds herself lost. Then follows the traditional story of Goldilocks (Jane) being curious and entering a strange cottage and tasting the food, breaking a chair, and falling asleep in a bed.

 When the bears return, they scare the intruder out of their home. Baby Bear meets Goldilocks running in the woods. Imagine his surprise when the furry little fellow discovers she is his favorite TV star and she is in his own woods! The two become friends right away. They decide that neither one is happy with their home situation, and feel they would be much better if they struck out on their own but with each other. Meanwhile, the sets of parents meet and discover that they are very, very different in their lifestyles. There is immediate friction between Mama and Papa Bear and Mr. and Mrs. Human because of their differences. The Humans are not fond of Bears, and the Bears do not want their peace disturbed by these suburban intruders. However, they must figure out how to get along to get their offspring to come back to them. The two sets of parents do learn to tolerate each other with the help of Baby Bear and Goldilocks. A peace develops in the woods!

The show features Kyra Weinberger as Goldilocks and Lily Nicholas as Baby Bear. The cast includes Deanna Mazdra, Franci Witte, R.H. Wilhoit, and Vigthor Zophonaisson. The show is directed by Theatre for Young America Artistic Director Valerie Mackey. Xanda Pilley stage manages and Tim Braselton is the productions Music Director.

 In this lively, musical version of the beloved folktale, Mama, Papa and Baby Bear lead a very green “ecologically correct” existence until their lives are disrupted by the intruder Goldilocks, a modern show biz kid from the city, and her two upscale and clueless parents. Baby Bear learns how to sing, dance and act from his new human friend and together they bring peace to their feuding families with music and dance. Curriculum Connections: European folktales, conflict resolution, ecology, musical theatre.

 Theatre for Young America

Performances take place on the H&R Block City Stage, located on level B in Union Station. Union Station is located at 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO.

 Season, single, or group rate tickets may be reserved by calling Theatre for Young America at 816.460.2083. Group and single tickets may also be purchased from Union Station at 816.460.2020 or reserved online at www.unionstation.org.  The single ticket price is $11.00.  Groups of 15 or more are $5.50 per person with a reservation. For information about our season or other programming visit our website at www.tya.org.

Theatre for Young America is a professional theater company, which primarily employs local actors, many of whom are members of Actors Equity Association.

Theatre for Young America, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation.  Gifts are tax deductible.

Images courtesy of Theatre for Young America, Bob Evans | KC Applauds and Bob Evans



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