by Jill P
The University Theatre at WMU, in collaboration with Education for the Arts (EFA), is honored to present the world premiere of Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. The story, originally a children’s book by Bruce Coville, has been adapted for the stage by the WMU Department of Theatre. Performances for this never before seen family adventure will be presented in the Shaw Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex March 10-19, 2017.
A tale of friendship and the power of love featuring magical puppets that inspire the imagination.
photo credit: John Lacko
The story follows Jeremy Hatcher, who is struggling to survive bullies, crushes, and sixth grade art class, when he stumbles into a very strange magic shop. He buys a dragon’s egg and later learns that he is responsible for hatching it! While raising a dragon, Jeremy learns to believe in magic, true friendship, and the power of love.
The production, adapted by Kalamazoo playwright and EFA teaching artist Tucker Rafferty, will feature sophisticated puppetry and digital projection effects. WMU theatre students have been working with South African guest artist in residence Jason Potgieter, who is serving as Puppet Director for the production. The company of puppeteers under the direction of Potgieter are bringing life to a dragon in four life stages and several other animals to help tell the story of this unlikely friendship.
Performances of Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher will be held March 10, 17 at 7:30 pm, March 11 at 4 pm, March 12, 19 at 2 pm and March 11 at 1 pm (Sensory Friendly Performance) and 4 pm.
Sensory-friendly performance, March 11 at 1:00 pm. Tickets for the sensory-friendly performance on March 11 at 1 pm are only available by calling the box office.
All performances are held in the Shaw Theatre located inside of the Gilmore Theatre Complex on Western Michigan University’s campus.
Come play with us one hour before the show for crafts, puppetry, and face painting!
Tickets for University Theatre productions can be purchased online at www.wmutheatre.com, by calling (269) 387-6222 or by visiting the Box Office between 12 pm and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Tickets for the sensory-friendly performance on March 11 at 1 pm are only available by calling the box office.
Admission for the general public is $16 for adults, $10 for students and $6 for WMU students. The box at Miller Auditorium also sells tickets to University Theatre productions. Additional information is available online at www.wmutheatre.com.
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