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Elephant & Piggie books are a mainstay of childhood and Adventure Theatre brings them to the stage expertly in a way sure to delight fans of all ages. For those not in the know, Elephant & Piggie are best friends who navigate all types of scenarios designed to both entertain and help children navigate the challenging social situations of early childhood.
In this play, Elephant & Piggie bring to life several of their adventures. Should Elephant be an “Ice Cream Hero” and share his ice cream with Piggie? How can Elephant break it to Piggie that her trumpet playing does not really sound like music? What happens when your friend breaks your new toy?
All of these scenarios, and more, are portrayed through humor and song, backed by a trio of singing squirrels. My four-year-old son was incredibly excited to see his favorite pair of inter-species besties appear on the stage. He had some initial questions about whether they were the “real” Elephant & Piggie since the actors were actors in clothes and not elaborate costumes meant to make the characters look exactly like the illustrations in the book but a simple “I think so” seemed to satisfy him. The actor playing Elephant really embodies the spirit of Elephant and while watching the play I caught myself thinking “that is exactly what I imagine the real Elephant is like.”
My son was very happy each time Elephant & Piggie started acting out a new storyline he recognized. He especially liked the rendition of “We are in a Book” turned into “We are in a Play.” There is real suspense as Elephant & Piggie discover not only that they are in a play but that the play is almost over. Just like in the book, Elephant & Piggie discover that they can make the audience do things. In the play they, along with the squirrels, get the audience to clap, say “banana,” and say some non-sensical words. My son could not stop saying “banana!” and laughing for an entire day.
Several shows are already sold out so if your Mo Willem fan has their heart set on seeing Elephant & Piggie you should act fast!
Good to Know:
- Elephant & Piggie runs through Octiber 27th.
- Elephant & Piggie runs approximately one hour, making it manageable for families that include young children.
- Tickets are $25.00 for everyone one and up.
- Tickets can be purchased here by calling 301-634-2270.
- There is plenty of free parking at Glen Echo, but be sure to allot five to ten minutes to walk from the parking lot to the theatre, which is located at the far end of the park.
- The path from the parking lot to the theater is completely flat and stroller-friendly. There is a designated stroller parking outside of the theater.
- The theatre has general admission seating, but with only seven rows arranged in a semi-circle around the stage there are no bad seats in the house.
- Elephant & Piggie is recommended for all ages.
- There is a sensory-friendly performance o February 23rd at 4:30 and an ASL interpreted performance on February 23rd at 7:00.
- Adventure Theatre is located in Glen Echo Park. On a nice day be sure to take advantage of Glen Echo’s playground. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, grab a snack, coffee or lunch at the on-site location of Praline in the park.
OurKids received free tickets in exchange for writing this post, however, the opinions are fully our own. We share both positive of negative aspects of our experiences in order for OurKids readers to know what to expect. We do our best to attend events and places to provide readers with what they need to know before taking their family.
By: Jamie Davis Smith