Friday, October 17, 2014
A Visit to Beverly Hills' Wallis Annenberg Center for Kid-Friendly Theater
If you have kids over the age of 5, I can guarantee they will love "The Man Who Planted Trees," a whimsical hour-long play being performed this weekend at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. We checked out one of the shows last weekend, and the Blogger Kids enjoyed the tale (as well as the arts and crafts beforehand).
As part of The Wallis' "Theater for Young Audiences" series, the play incorporates humans and puppets to humorously tell the touching story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, in the French countryside. The kids will enjoy the jokes and the puppets, while you'll appreciate the themes.
The U.K.-based Puppet State Theatre Company has performing "The Man Who Planted Trees" for some time. It's based on the tale by Jean Giono, which also inspired an Oscar-winning animated short in 1989. Here's a YouTube sample of Puppet State Theatre’s take:
"The Man Who Planted Trees" continues through this weekend. Go here for ticket information.
Other upcoming Theatre for Young Audiences events include Dan Zanes and Friends (Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2pm); Compagnie Les Voisins’s "The Queen of Colors" (Jan. 9-18) and "Lifeboat" (March 13-22).
I hadn't been inside the former Beverly Hills Post Office since I attended a party there years ago. Now, of course, it's been transformed into the Wallis. Some peeks inside and out: