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Snow White & Cinderella

Snow White & Cinderella

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 in Tinkerbell

Fairy Tales, Puppet-Making and more for Families & Kids Ages 4+ with Tinkerbell Theatre on the Upper West Side Oct 11-Nov 2nd, 2014 West End Theatre 263 west 86th street Click to BUY TICKETS For families and audiences age four and up, Frog and Peach Theatre Company, widely known for popular and critically-acclaimed Upper West Side productions of Shakespearean plays, will present the fairy tale series Tinkerbell Theatre, adapting “Cinderella” and “Snow White” (both from the Brothers Grimm) into Rocky-and-Bullwinkle style plays featuring sing-along songs and big, soft puppets. The two plays will be presented in repertory October 11 to November 2 at the West End Theater (263 West 86th Street) and the plays, written and directed by Lynnea Benson and featuring toe-tapping tunes by Ted Zurkowski, will be followed by puppet-making workshops to which all kids attending will be invited. For more information visitwww.frogandpeachtheatre.org. Tinkerbell Theatre will run on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM: “Cinderella” plays Saturdays at 11:30am and Sundays at 12:30pm “Snow White” plays Saturdays at 12:30pm and Sundays at 11:30am Tickets are $12 in advance/online and $15 at the door, and all performances are followed by a puppet-making workshop. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 212-868-4444 or online at www.smarttix.com. The actors include Kailie Birnbaum, Leigh Beaulieu, Jonathan Reed Wexler, Luke Edward Smith & Nicola McEldowney; set design is by Andy Estep, costume design by Asa Benally, lighting design is by Dennis Parichy, and puppet designs are by Spica Wobbe and Nicola McEldowney. “Cinderella” (Saturdays at 11:30 am and Sundays at 12:30 pm) is a riotous new take on the familiar story of a young girl dispossessed by her murderous Stepmother and wicked Stepsisters. Her friendship with two magical birds helps her go to the Three Day Ball, where she meets a socially awkward Prince Dreamboat with whom she plays Crazy Eights and compares notes on Ornithology. His parents, the King and Queen are eager to marry him off so they can return to Boca. Now, if only he were able to get that darned slipper to slip onto one of the girls in the kingdom, most of whom are so desperate to marry royally that they would whittle their feet for a fit! “Snow White” (Saturdays at 12:30pm and Sundays at 11:30am) is the story of princess with a pure heart, a strong spirit, and a terrible temper, is on the run from her Wicked Stepmother, the Queen. There she encamps with the Seven Little Guys: Bossy, Beasty, Thrifty, Stoolie, Dizzy, Mumbles & Stosh–but The Queen is determined to win back the Title of Fairest in The Land. Will the Queen ever find her? Will the Magic Mirror find True Love? And what about that Prince? A story about what’s Fair, and what’s fair, with hilarious results! This family theater production will be performed in repertory at the West...

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King John

King John

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 in Mainstage, Uncategorized

NEW YORK, March 27 – “If you like action-packed thrillers,” writes Lynnea Benson, Artistic Director of Frog and Peach Theatre, “you are going to love King John.” She calls the seldom-produced history play “Game of Thrones, Shakespeare style,” being filled with wars over crowns, gold and power; craven courtiers, bickering in-laws, a greedy, power-mad Cardinal; illegitimate relatives and two very ambitious Queen Mothers. She will direct the classic April 24 to May 18, 2014 featuring a cast of Frog and Peach stalwarts including Karen Lynn Gorney (“Saturday Night Fever,” “All My Children”) as the ruthlessly clever Queen Elinor. The Crusades are over and King John is on England’s Throne–but for how long? The despot’s best friend is his mother, the wily, seductive, ruthless Queen Elinor. The brains behind the Crusades, she is well known for her lethal charm, both on and off the field of battle (she is said to have famously battled the Infidels wearing little more than a negligee and a smile). John is her youngest son, and she is determined he stay in power. Her eldest, Richard the Lion-Hearted, has died in the Crusades; another, King Geffrey, died shortly after siring a son, Arthur, who is now a smart teen. Across the sea in France, Arthur’s mother, Constance, is hell bent to put Arthur in John’s place, and has used her considerable powers of seduction and hysteria to persuade King Philip of France and Limoges, Duke of Austria to bring destruction to her dead husband’s family. Who should rightly inherit England’s throne, Brother or Son? Into this sordid war steps a stranger, the handsome Philip Faulconbridge. Though raised by a high born Lord, Philip the Bastard bears an uncanny resemblance to King John’s beloved brother, Richard the Lion Hearted. In one of the play’s most touching and funny scenes, Philip’s mother, Lady Faulconbridge, confesses all her sins and The Bastard becomes England’s great Champion. On to the battle of Angiers, where a modest but extremely clever citizen, Hubert, has to think fast if he wants to save his city from ruin– but at what cost? Can the fat dowry of an arranged marriage between the battle-toughened Blanche and the effete Lewis end the bloodshed? And what about the fearsome Cardinal Pandulph? Furious with King John for plundering Church coffers, this cold-blooded cleric demands a voice in this drunken, bloody face-off–if he gets his way, the bloodshed will never end. With secret orders of gruesome execution, rapidly shifting loyalties, and cries for revenge from both within and without, King John puts audiences on the edge of their seats, roaring with laughter, and breathless at its thrilling scenes of mutilation, battle, and mayhem. The cast will feature Eric Doss as King John, Karen Lynn Gorney as Elinor, Amy Frances Quint as Constance, Hamish Carmichael as Arthur and Luke Edward Smith as the Bastard of Faulconbridge.-The actors also include...

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