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PREVIEW: Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! (Children’s Theatre Company)

The cast of Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! Photo by Dan Norman.

If you haven’t heard of Elephant & Piggie, it might surprise you to learn that this bestselling series of children’s books by Mo Willems has won at least two sackfuls of awards. From 2008-2015, the series won no less than 2 Geisel Awards (named after the Dr. Seuss author) and 4 Geisel Honors, while also earning 3 Caldecott Honors and 3 Carnegie Medals. As the prolific Willems continues to pen installments, the series seems poised to accrue plenty more – and not just for books. Riffing off the laconically named We Are in a Book!, the Children’s Theatre Company brought this series to the stage last week with a theatrical adaptation entitled Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!

Here’s a look at this show:

Christopher Richardson as Elephant Gerald. Photo by Dan Norman.
Christopher Richardson as Elephant Gerald. Photo by Dan Norman.
Shinah Brashears as Piggie. Photo by Dan Norman.
Shinah Brashears as Piggie. Photo by Dan Norman.
Shinah Brashears as Piggie and Christopher Richardson as Elephant Gerald. Photo by Dan Norman.
Shinah Brashears as Piggie and Christopher Richardson as Elephant Gerald. Photo by Dan Norman.
Shinah Brashears as Piggie and Christopher Richardson as Elephant Gerald. Photo by Dan Norman.
Shinah Brashears as Piggie and Christopher Richardson as Elephant Gerald. Photo by Dan Norman.

 

A few of the many installments in the best-selling Elephant & Piggie series of children’s books.
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Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! plays through October 23, 2016 at the Children’s Theatre Company’s UnitedHealth Group Stage in Minneapolis. Recommended for preschool and up; tickets are on sale now starting at $15.

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