Date:   3/29/2009

MADELINE AND THE BAD comes to life onstage

Thrasher Opera House, along with ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, is delighted to bring the premier touring production of Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline and the Bad Hat to stage of the historic opera house on Sunday, March 29 for a 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p.m.) matinee performance. The third in the Madeline series, this delightful musical focuses on the unbreakable bonds of friendship and family.

           

Madeline is none too pleased when Pepito, the son of the Spanish ambassador, moves in next door.  He seems insufferably arrogant and conceited.  And worst of all, he’s cruel to animals.  Under the guidance of Miss Clavel, the caretaker of the girls at Madeline’s boarding school, Madeline learns not to judge a book by its cover.  She discovers that Pepito’s father is rarely at home and that this new neighbor is misbehaving because he is desperate for attention. 

           

Pepito and Madeline become friends after she resourcefully rescues him from danger, and consequently Pepito and his father also grow closer.  It turns out that even an old-fashioned aristocratic gentleman can show great affection, and that Pepito isn’t such a bad hat after all.

           

Madeline is in that important ‘discovery’ phase of her life, when the types of challenges and conflicts she faces are important to resolve.  The timeless charm of Bemelmans’ Madline story is quite relevant to young children, who are forever seeking ways to handle such problems.  The stage is a wonderful venue for such lessons.

 

In addition to enjoying a wonderful evening of entertainment, Thrasher Opera House, on behalf of the local Green Lake County Food Pantry, is asking patrons to please consider bringing a donation of a non-perishable food item or monetary donation.  For the 12th consecutive year, the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation’s Annual $1 Million Giveaway to Fight Hunger will divide $1 million proportionately among hunger fighting agencies nationwide to help boost their efforts in eradicating hunger in their local communities. Our generous donations made to the Green Lake Food Pantry between March 1st and April 30 make us all partners in the most successful grassroots campaign of all time to fight hunger; something we can all be proud of!   

 

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Tickets for Madeline and the Bad Hat matinee are only $8 and available at Thrasher Office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank, (Green Lake); Ripon Drug, & Pick ‘N Save (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling 920-294-4279.  To order online, visit www.thrasheroperahouse.com

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