BGHS Theater Stages Musical For Children - Lets The Animals And Orchestra Run Wild!

Buffalo Grove High School Theater Arts Program presents an all age showstopping performance of  Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” with lyrics by Mo Willems. Performances are open to the public and run Friday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 4th, 2016. 

Get ready for a hilarious song fest ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’ beloved, award-winning children's books! Elephant Gerald and Piggie are the best of friends. Worrisome and careful Gerald wonders if something could go wrong that would end their friendship. But playful and spirited Piggie is not worried at all, especially when she receives an invitation to a party. Pachyderm and swine join forces to face questions like:

What do you wear to a fancy pool costume party?

Should you share your ice cream?

How can two friends play with one toy?

Backed by the Buffalo Grove High School Orchestra and nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. And so begins a day when anything is possible in an imaginative musical that playfully explores the importance and true meaning of friendship.   Elephant and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of peril and suspense in a rollicking adventure perfect for all audiences.  You'll be doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long!

After each performance young audience members will have the opportunity to take pictures with the stars, make an Elephant & Piggie themed craft, and try out the string and percussion musical instruments used in the show in the Instrument Petting Zoo! 

The play is directed by Lauren Stenzel with production assistance by junior Henry Allan. The orchestra and musical director is Elizabeth Bennett with student director for cast and orchestra senior Veronica Maniak. Technical direction by Ed Moon with stage management by senior Colin Groh; costume and make-up coordination by Debbie Andres; and house management by Eric Garneau and Robin Christie.  
Public performances run Friday, December 2, at 7pm; Saturday, December 3, at 10:30am; and Sunday, December 4, at 2:30pm. Tickets cost $5 at the door and may be purchased with cash or check. Online tickets include a service charge and may be purchased at All seating is general admission.  The box office opens 30 minutes before curtain time.  Cash and checks are accepted at the door. A free preview for D214 Staff, Press, and company parents is Friday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. Non-flash photography is allowed at this performance. Photo opportunities will follow the performance.  For current BGHS students presenting their BGHS ID on Friday, December 2, entry is FREE!   For more information, call (847) 718-4071.

Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books for Children

This play was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was first produced at the Kennedy Center during the 2013-2014 season.



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