Most families have seen the famous scene in the movie “Chicken Little” where a young chick believes that the sky is falling.
But for those who haven’t seen the movie, or read the children’s story, the McPherson Opera House is bringing it to life during two performances on June 9. The first show will begin at 10 a.m. and the second will be at 11:30 a.m.
“We want to entertain the youngest members in our community. The shows are thorough, engaging, entertaining and teach valuable life lessons,” said Diane Fallis, businesses director at the opera house.
Fallis said each show is about 40 minutes long, seating is open and concessions will be available 45 minutes before show times.
Chicken Little tells the story of a young chick, who gets hit on his head by an acorn, is convinced the sky is falling and feels he must go to tell the king. On his way, he shares his story with his animal friends and convinces them to join him on his journey. A fox tells Chicken Little and his friends that he will take them to see the king — but the fox has other plans.
“The moral of the story is not to exaggerate or jump to conclusions. It also teaches how to work together to solve a problem,” she said.
Besides having fun with the performances, the opera house aims to reach the McPherson area children. They have been partnering with the Wichita Children’s Theatre for nine years now to offer shows that would delight the young at the opera house — most are geared for children ages three and older.
“Although guests will not participate on stage, there is a lot of audience interaction. The performers will definitely keep the younger guests engaged in the program,” she said.
Fallis said that actors are aware adults are present in the audience and try to bring humor into the shows as well.
No tickets are required for those wanting to attend, thanks to the Lisa Waldhauer Memorial Fund.
“The play offers educational and cultural opportunity to our community’s children. Each year, the programs have been fully sponsored by a grant from the Lisa Waldhauer Memorial Fund, managed by the McPherson County Community Foundation. Because of this funding, the opera house is able to offer free admission to everyone,” Fallis said.
For more information, contact the opera house at 620-241-1952 or visit their website at mcphersonoperahouse.org.
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