My Father’s Dragon
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 2:00 pm
Pre-Show Activities for Kids at 12:30pm in the Rodale Community Room
Presented by ENCHANTMENT THEATRE COMPANY
Based on the beloved stories by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Exclusive production authorized by author Ruth Stiles Gannett
Story adaptation by Jennifer and Landis Smith and Leslie Reidel, Artistic Directors of Enchantment Theatre Company
Score by Charles Gilbert, composer of Enchantment’s Peter Rabbit Tales
Production design by C. David Russell, Designer for Enchantment’s Peter Rabbit Tales
In collaboration with author Ruth Stiles Gannett and in celebration of the books’ 70th Anniversary, Enchantment Theatre Company brings the three tales of My Father’s Dragon to life on stage.
When nine-year old Elmer Elevator hears about a baby dragon who is held captive by the ferocious animals of Wild Island, he sets off on an adventure to rescue the dragon and return him home. With the help of his friend the Alley Cat, Elmer packs everything he thinks he’ll need – including chewing gum, two-dozen lollipops, seven hair ribbons and a box of rubber bands! With pluck and ingenuity Elmer makes his way to the Island, outwits the wild animals and saves Boris, the dragon. But can they find their way back home? As they travel over the ocean they get lost in a storm and discover a magical island of escaped canaries. The resourceful Elmer helps the canaries overcome their “curiosity disease” and uncover a stash of hidden riches. With bags of gold and the canaries’ blessings, the dauntless duo at last returns home.
With talking animals, a daring rescue, a flying dragon, buried treasure and lots of humor throughout, this fabulous adventure is brought to the stage in Enchantment Theatre’s distinctive style. Using puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects and original music, Enchantment Theatre Company is delighted to bring you the story of a compassionate and courageous young boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow and blue-striped dragon.
Honors and Inclusions
• Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book
• 100 Best Children’s Books of all Time
• NY Public Library 100 Great Children’s Book List
• NEA Teachers’ list of top 100 books for children
• Common Core Standards Exemplar Text
• Common Core Standards Recommended Reading List
• When the book was published in 1948, The New York Herald Tribune called it “a true work of art” and later named it the best children’s book of the year
I’ve rarely seen anything like it. Class after class of third graders sat there, jaws literally agape, as I read from [My Father’s Dragon] a book that was a good 60 years old. Doubt you the power of a great story? Look no further. This title has a hold on kids that most folks would kill to achieve. -Elizabeth Bird, from “School Library Journal, 100 Top Children’s Books”