Monday Morning Children’s Theater returns to Claremont Opera House

CLAREMONT, N.H. – Monday mornings at 10 a.m. from July 9 through Aug. 13, five professional adult actors from Jean’s Playhouse Children’s Theater Company from Lincoln, N.H. perform original musical adaptations of popular fairy and folk tales on the air conditioned, historic stage of the Claremont Opera House to an enthusiastic group of children with area summer schools, daycares, parents and grandparents. Shows run approximately 40 minutes.

IMPACT is the professional children’s performance company of Jean’s Playhouse. The company writes and performs eight children’s musicals every summer; each is different and all promise a good time for both you and your kids!

Children will love the catchy original songs and wacky characters, all performed by the professional IMPACT actors! The performances finish with a cast meet and greet with autograph signing and picture taking immediately following the performance.

“Wendy and the Pirates, A Neverland Story” July 9, is a delightful prequel to Peter Pan. Join Wendy and her brothers, John and Michael Darling, as their imaginations take them on journey where pirates abound, friendship blooms, and differences are celebrated!

July 16 presents “The Reluctant Dragon.” What happens when you meet a dragon that loves poetry instead of shooting fire out his nostrils? What happens when the town insists that the dragon is dangerous no matter what you say? Join the boy, St. George, and the dragon as they find a raucous way to convince the town that the dragon is more than what meets the eye!

July 23 is “The Princess and the Pea.” Finding the right person to marry can be a difficult job, especially when your mother insists that she be a princess. For Prince George all the princesses he’s met so far…just don’t feel real. Then one stormy night a drenched young woman shows up at his door! The Queen Mother creates the test of all tests to see if she’s true as Prince George wonders…could she really be the one?

July 30 is “Azban’s Great Journey: An Abenaki Tale” adapted from New England author Brian Chenervert’s book, “Azban.” The raccoon is quite the rascal. On his journey from river lands to the ocean, he spends his days scheming ways to get free meals and meddling in the affairs of those he encounters. Soon Azban realizes that sometimes his behavior comes at a cost and that perhaps he should mend his ways.

Aug. 6 is “Little Bo Peep and the Beautiful Owl.” Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep…or has she? It seems that it wasn’t only Bo’s fault that the sheep disappeared that day. In the process of trying to find them and bring them home, Bo comes across a strange family and a beautiful owl who lives outside their home. There is something quite mysterious about this owl and Bo refuses to leave until she discovers just what it is!

Aug. 13 is “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” Mr. McGregor has a luscious garden right next door to Peter’s home. Peter’s mother has told him and his sisters, they mustn’t ever go there. Peter thinks it won’t hurt to eat just a few of the vegetables, but when he does, the afternoon doesn’t go as smoothly as Peter planned!

Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the show at the Claremont Opera House. Seating is general admission. Groups are advised to call ahead and ask for a section to be reserved for them at 603-542-0064. Show descriptions for upcoming shows can be found at www.claremontoperahouse.org.

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