College hosts production of beloved Beatrix Potter stories
From Lindsay Midkiff East Arkansas Community College
FORREST CITY — East Arkansas Community College presents the Family Series performance of Peter Rabbit Tales on Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m., in the EACC Fine Arts Center. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 19. In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday anniversary, Enchantment Theatre brings her captivating stories to life in Peter Rabbit Tales. “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” has enchanted young audiences for over one hundred years with the exploits of a charming hero, who, going against his mother’s wishes, has adventures in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Potter created an instant classic with the little blue-coated rabbit who many recognize as both a boy and rabbit, wild and civilized, and who has become an icon of childhood since he first hopped out of the pages of the beloved story book and into children’s hearts. Based on three of Beatrix Potter’s tales including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, and The Tale of Mr. Tod, Enchantment Theatre in collaboration with Frederick Warne and Company and Penguin Books UK present the theatrical version of Peter Rabbit Tales™. Using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery and original music, the magical, marvelous world of Beatrix Potter will come to life on the EACC Fine Arts Center stage. In the production, Potter’s adored characters Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny escape from Mr. McGregor, outfox Mr. Tod, and rescue the Flopsy bunnies from the disagreeable badger, Tommy Brock. When Benjamin’s children disappear, he asks his cousin Peter Rabbit to help him find the bunnies. Peter thinks he has had plenty of adventures in his time as he remembers his youthful escapades in Mr. McGregor’s garden. As the cousins reminisce about their past adventures, their friends, Squirrel Nitkin, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-duck and Mrs. Tittlemouse, gather to encourage Peter on his one last quest. Based in Philadelphia, Enchantment Theatre Company has produced original theater for children and families since 2000. The company presents only original work based on classic stories from children’s literature, using its signature blend of masked actors, pantomime, magic, large-scale puppets, and original music. Enchantment Theare has toured its original productions all over the world. Building more than 30 years of theatrical experience of its artistic directors, Enchantment has quickly become known for high quality imaginative productions, not only in its home city but throughout the United States and the Far East. Tickets for Peter Rabbit Tales are $14.50 and go on sale Tuesday, Jan, 19. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.eacc.edu, by calling 870-633-4480, ext. 352, or in person at the Fine Arts Center Ticket Office. Group discounts are available and save 20 percent. The EACC Fine Arts Center is located at 1700 Newcastle Road in Forrest City right off I-40, forty miles from Memphis. Stay connected to the EACC Fine Arts Center on Facebook (EACCFineArtsCenter).