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The 2019-2020 40th Anniversary Season in the Lerner Family Theatre

A Special Presentation of

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
September 28- October 27, 2019


Created by Jonathan Rockefeller

Based on Eric Carle’s Books

Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer & Rafael Untalan

Best for Ages 3+


Beloved by children for generations, Eric Carle’s children’s books come off the page and onto the stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. With more than seventy larger-than-life puppets and original music, this special event follows all your favorite characters from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Very Lonely Firefly, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, and –of course – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. From a lumbering brown bear, to a curious caterpillar, to a fleet of rubber ducks, to countless other critters, Carle’s beautiful illustrations come to life through theatre magic.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
November 23, 2019- January 5, 2020


Original concept by Kathryn Chase Bryer, David Palmer, Janet Stanford, and Septime Webre

Libretto and lyrics by Janet Stanford with additional lyrics by Bari Biern

Music by Matthew Pierce

Directed by Janet Stanford

Choreographed by David Palmer

Best for Ages 5+


Leap through the wardrobe and into a winter wonderland in this dance-based adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s treasured novel from the Chronicles of Narnia. A remount of Imagination Stage’s Helen Hayes award-winning 2012 production, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of four siblings who journey from war-torn England to a magical land frozen in eternal winter, where the powerful lion Aslan leads them on a journey to discover their destiny. Music, modern dance, and breathtaking puppetry tell a story of love, sacrifice, and redemption.


Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois

Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth
In repertory with Thumbelina

February 8- March 22, 2020


By Psalmayene 24

Music by Nick “tha1da” Hernandez

Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell 

Best for Ages 4+


Zomo- one hip-hoppity rabbit- is taking on Washington, DC. When Zomo is dissed and dismissed by the other tricksters in town, he turns to the Sky God for more power. The Sky God sends him on an impossible quest taking him from the breakdancing fish on the DC Waterfront, to the graffiti artist cow at the National Zoo, and finally to the DJ Leopard in Adams Morgan. Will Zomo find the power he’s seeking? Or will he wise up?  This high-energy hip-hop adaptation of a Nigerian folktale, originally commissioned by Imagination Stage in 2009 (Helen Hayes-Nominated Outstanding Production- Theatre for Young Audiences), puts a local spin and lots of silly humor on the global tradition of trickster tales. 

In repertory with Zomo the Rabbit

February 15- April 5, 2020


Written and Directed by Natsu Onoda Power

Adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale

Best for Ages 4+


What happens when a girl no bigger than a thumb finds herself lost in a great big world? She takes control of the story, of course!  In this plucky retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, Thumbelina sets off to find her place in a world where she does not seem to “fit,” meeting a bashful toad, a bullying band of maybugs, a helpful field mouse, and many more friends along the way. But is her story written for her? OR can she control her destiny? Inspired by Kamishibai – a form of Japanese street theatre that uses illustrated boards to create the story-this production features live video projections, puppetry, dioramas, and other theatre magic. Thumbelina will dazzle audiences with an eye-catching celebration of individuality and friendship.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience

June 24- August 9, 2020


Based on the book Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

Published by Hyperion Books for Children

Script and lyrics by Mo Willem

Music by Deborah Wicks la Puma

Dramaturgy by Megan Alrutz

Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer

Best for Ages 4+


When clothing suddenly falls from the sky, Wilbur J. Mole Rat rocks the colony with his decision to get dressed! In a community where baring is caring and skin is in, can Wilbur find the courage to march to the beat of his own drum? Or better yet, rock to the rhythm of his own electric guitar? This rollicking adaptation of Mo Willems’ beloved picture book explores what can happen when we have the courage to be ourselves.


Presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com