ACTORS and Children’s Theater are pleased to warm your winter night with “Free to Be… You and Me.” Ballard High School students Hannah Longnecker and Madeline McMillen are featured in the show.
The award winning “Free to Be… You and Me” came about when Marlo Thomas went looking for a bedtime book to read to her niece. She was shocked to find that so many children’s books reinforced old gender stereo-types of what girls and boys were supposed to be. Few of them talked about all the possibilities of what they could be.
“Free to Be… You and Me” began as a record and was transformed into a series of books, and later became a television special. It has won Peabody, Emmy and American Library Association Awards. Encompassing the works and talents of such greats as Mel Brooks, and Judy Blume, this show has become a timeless classic.
The remarkable result is highly regarded as a modern classic of children’s literature that is an on-stage delight. Its life-enhancing themes are imaginatively blended with music and humor to delight children, expand their horizons and help them invent their own futures.
Many of the production-staff first worked on this show 30 years ago and insisted on being a part of the show. This show brings together a talented company of 38 performers from Ames, Des Moines, Nevada, Huxley, Story City and Johnston.
“Free to Be…You and Me” opens November 29 and runs for three weekends.