BY BTL STAFF
East Lansing's The Wharton Center for Performing Arts presents its Act One Family Series, a series of weekend matinee performances providing the perfect opportunity to introduce children to the performing arts. These fun and engaging shows are specially designed for young audiences and their families and feature national and international touring youth theater production companies.
The series began in late October with "The Stinky Cheese Man" and continues into the new year with 2016's first Family Series performance, "The Monster Who Ate My Peas." Featuring Artspower, the family play is based on the award-winning story. This musical tells the funny and poignant tale of a young boy who doesn't want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears under his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal. If the monster eats his peas, the boy will give the monster any of his possessions. First, it's a soccer ball, then a bike. But when the monster raises the stakes, will the boy face his fears? The play is an entertaining and engaging tale about the value of will power.
iCan invites guests to join them for free interactive educational activities provided by Wharton's Inner Circle volunteers one hour prior to each Act One Family Series performance.
Other shows in 2016 that are a part of the series are: "Peter Rabbit Tales" in February and "Skippyjon Jones – Snow What" in March.
The Act One Family Series is sponsored by Granger, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Media Sponsor is WKAR.
"The Monster Who Ate My Peas" will be at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31 at the Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. The show is recommended for ages 4-8. Tickets are just $12 for any seat. Purchase on-line or at 1-800-WHARTON. Visit http://www.whartoncenter.com for more information.