PREMIERE CHILDREN'S MUSICAL ARNIE THE
ADAPTATION OF POPULAR LAURIE KELLER BOOK
production of Arnie the Doughnut is a
playful, funny musical with a subject dear to our hearts. Yeah...I
know you're thinking doughnuts. And we have been known to take home
a dozen chocolate with sprinkles now and then. But what I was
really referring to goes deeper than holey fried dough.
Arnie the Doughnut is a fight against petty
tyrants. It's a rallying cry to fight back against the Dolores
Umbridge types from Harry Potter and kangaroo mama types from
Horton Hears a Who. The residents of The Cozy Confines Condos are
confined indeed, under the thumb of the rules obsessed board
It takes Arnie, a colorful,
nonconformist, to shake the residents out of their fears and get
them to unite and overthrow the dictator of a president. He's not
content just to accept his grim destiny. Amid hilarious songs with
creative lyrics (...I'll never get to play Othello), the residents
learn how to use the letter of the law to defeat the dictator who
had bullied them all into voting her way. Of course for all the
kids at children's theatre productions, there are adults who
brought them there, and this play will speak to the grownups as
much as the littles.
Life is full of bullies and
bureaucrats, whether you're 4 or 44. So it's a valuable lesson to
learn how to deal with them fairly and stand your ground, without
breaking the rules or cowering in fear. Arnie the Doughnut sings
cheerfully about playing with your food, getting outside and
meeting your neighbors, and making friends. And in the end, the
rules bully was undone by her own laws, and by the united front of
a group of friends. These are truly great teachings for all ages to
We thought this play was
particularly funny since we know people living with condo
associations much like this one. They can't have pets, paint their
homes any color other than light hardboiled egg yellow and greenish
grey, and they have to approve anything hanging on their
Conversely, we live in a crazy,
creative, colorful home with a yard full of homemade pottery, bird
feeders, and manikin part planters. Oh yeah, we also share our
abode with a huge tank full of tropical fish and three big dogs.
We'd be summarily booted out of Cozy Confines Condos in a nano
second. Still, although our home is blissfully free of an
overseeing condo board, we still have to deal with the local school
council and other rule proliferating and sometimes short sighted
entities in our daily lives.
We recommend Arnie the
Doughnut as a playful romp with a deeper purpose. We have
been seeing children's shows at Lifeline Theatre for years and have
never been disappointed. The costumes are so fun and funny, people
were laughing before the doughnuts opened their mouthes to sing.
Once again, Lifeline raises the bar on family theatre.
Lifeline has made a true name for
themselves in the Chicago Children's Theatre world with world
premier adaptations of literature, paired with author visits and
book signing opportunities. AUTHOR EVENT: Join
author/illustrator Laurie Keller on Sunday, April 10th at noon for
a FREE meet-and-greet and book signing in the Lifeline lobby!
Arnie, a lovable chocolate-covered
doughnut with sprinkles, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when
he's finally selected to be taken home by a new owner. But when
mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both
are in for the surprise of their lives. Embark upon a hilarious
quest to redefine human/doughnut relations with a pair of true
originals, in this world premiere musical adaptation by the
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch .
kids 5 and up. Children under 2 are not permitted. Check out
this new musical based on the whimsical children's book by
Frances Limoncelli with m
usic by George Howe.
Arnie the Doughnut
plays through May 15th . Shows are Sundays at 11am and
Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm except Easter Sunday and Mother's Day.
Run time is approximately one hour with no
intermission. The book and cast recording CDs will be on sale in
All tickets are $12.00. Check out Lifeline Theatre's
website to order tickets, see a video and more.
6912 N Glenwood
Chicago, IL 60626
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
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