NASHVILLE – The nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) invites families with young children to an afternoon of storytelling, illusion, and wonder in the warmhearted Egg at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, in Andrew Johnson Theater.
Tickets to the play about adventurous young birds getting ready to leave the nest are now on sale and may be purchased at TPAC.org, at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, or by telephone at 615-782-4040. Admission to the 40-minute performance, recommended for ages four and up, is $8 for children 10 and under and $12 for adults. A limited number of “Pay-What-You-Can” tickets, based on an honor system of what audience members feel they can afford to pay, are available at the TPAC Box Office for up to four tickets per family.
Presented by TPAC Education and produced by Cahoots NI, a professional theatre from Belfast, Ireland, the play features three birds as they grapple with growing up and giving in to their natural instincts to take flight. Their story magically unfolds on a rustic set, exquisitely constructed out of twigs, feathers, and pieces of shell.
“The story is told in the same way that young children look at the world. That’s the magic of this show – why children are immediately engaged and why adults appreciate its point of view. Egg captures what it’s like to be very young. The characters play to the sense of wonder and discovery we see in children as they explore their world, play and use their imaginations,” said Sherri Leathers, TPAC Education’s director of programming.
“The storyline itself is both simple and complex as the characters, three young birds, realize it’s time for them to fly the nest. It’s time to move on to the new experiences and adventures which are a natural part of growing up. The company uses a lot of illusion in the show, which adds to the sense of amazement as the story unfolds,” she said.
TPAC Education also presents a sensory-friendly performance of Egg for families on April 23. For more information about that show and support resources provided by TPAC, contact Cassie LeFevor at 615-687-4288 or CLafevor@TPAC.org.
Egg is on the 13-performance schedule of TPAC Education’s “Annual Season for Young People,” bringing students from across the state to TPAC and providing curriculum connections, study guides, and lesson plans to teachers. TPAC selected Egg for a public performance because of the artistic company’s international reputation and the high quality of the work, including the acting, special effects, and unique construction of the set and costumes, said Leathers.
“In addition to working closely with Nashville arts organizations on our season for student audiences, we bring different styles of performing arts to TPAC that people might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Incredible work is produced here in Nashville and throughout Tennessee. On occasion, it’s fun to see what’s being produced, what’s popular, in other countries. It broadens our perspectives,” said Leathers.
Touring in Ireland and internationally since 2001, Cahoots NI is a professional children’s theatre company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The company concentrates on the visual potential of theatre and capitalizes upon the age-old popularity of magic and illusion as an essential ingredient in the art of entertaining.
Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.
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