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Historic Little Red Wagon Launches 2007 Season

June 6, 2007


Top row, left to right: Falko Schilling, Rachel Elias. Bottom row, left to right: Kelsey Bevins, Julia Robertson, Josiah Parsons

A clever tortoise, a frisky sheepdog, and a lovable family on summer vacation are gearing up to delight audiences with UNH’s Little Red Wagon’s 36th season. The tour kicks off June 12 in Shapleigh Maine.

The Little Red Wagon, the nation’s oldest performing arts program for children, visits libraries, recreation centers, town greens, schools, and other public and private venues throughout the New England States.

This summer the program offers two different show selections. For pre-school audiences, the troupe will perform caravan style, with red T shirts and a puppet stage in “Truckin’ with the Wagon.” Conceived and directed by Red Wagon alum and UNH lecturer Sarah Marschner, “Truckin’ with the Wagon” aligns with the New Hampshire Library Association’s summer reading theme.

“It’s all about the kids,” says Marschner, who created the show to include as much movement and participation from the audience as possible.

This year’s audiences will meet a family on a road trip throughout the Northeast, and participate in their adventures at the shore, the mountains, the lakes, the forests and everything in between.

The second selection is a National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” Bookshelf Selection for 2007-2008. Geared toward the school-age child, “Don’t Count Your Chickens Until They Cry Wolf,” is a scripted musical production of Aesop’s famous fables featuring the Tortoise and the Hare, the Fox, and offers a rousing number featuring the sun and the wind.

Audiences will enjoy colorful costumes, beautiful sets, and irresistible animal puppets. Directed by UNH theatre and dance lecturer Carol Jo Fisher, “Don’t Count Your Chickens Until They Cry Wolf” by Carol Lynn Pearson is produced by special arrangement with Anchorage Press Plays. Fisher also designed the set and costumes.

Little Red Wagon performers are multi-talented actors who take part in all aspects of the tour, including set up, break down, and driving thousands of miles in their famous Red Wagon trucks. This year’s five member troupe hails from Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut and represents not only UNH but also Skidmore College and Duke University.

The tour runs June 12 through August 10. For more information go to

www.unh.edu/theatre-dance/wagon.html.

The Little Red Wagon, part of UNH’s Theatre Resources for Youth (TRY), provides programs to promote theatre and enhance education and culture in New England communities. In 1966, TRY was established through a federal grant in cooperation with the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts to provide performances and workshops in children’s theatre. TRY has been instrumental in the introduction of theatre education into the public school system as a supportive tool for reading and learning.

To schedule The Little Red Wagon or for more information, contact Nancy Pearson, director of marketing and communications, at 2-2150 or at n.pearson@unh.edu.


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