Ferdinand the Bull
Meet Ferdinand, an unusual bull who prefers picking flowers to joining the bullfighters in the ring, and Danilo, a young nobleman whose father Duque Dodo has big dreams for him. Watch what happens when Danilo, the reluctant matador, meets Ferdinand in the bullring. You'll cheer for them as they refuse to go along with the crowd and strike a blow for individuality and celebrating our differences. This production integrates Spanish, flamenco dancing and original music to create a memorable theatrical experience perfect for young audiences and their families.
This musical adaptation, based on Munro Leaf's beloved storybook, is written by award winning playwright Karen Zacarias (author of Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure, Einstein Is a Dummy, The Magical PiÃƒÂ±ata, and Cinderella Eats Rice And Beans: A Salsa Musical). Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma.
Founded in 1977 in Tempe, Arizona, Childsplay's mission is "to create theatre so strikingly original in form, content or both, that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love, and respect for the art form thus preserving imagination and wonder, the hallmarks of childhood that are the keys to the future."
Childsplay is a resident professional company of adult actors who teach and perform for young audiences and families. The company has performed for more than 4 million children and adults and has grown to serve an average annual audience of 250,000 children, teachers, and families. Childsplay's 2007-2008 tour of TomÃƒÂ£s and the Library Lady visited 39 cities, and the in the fall of 2009 the company embarked on a 7 week tour of Peter and the Wolf.
Childsplay has developed both a strong community presence and a national reputation for excellence under the guidance of Founder and Artistic Director, David Saar. In the April 2000 cover story of American Theatre magazine, Childsplay was listed as one of the top theatre companies for young audiences in the United States. All productions are performed by Childsplay's ensemble of resident professional adult actors, whose tenures with the company range from three to twenty years.