Focus on Community/Arts
"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" Comes to TPAC

Posted on Friday, October 27, 2006


WYE MILLS – One thing leads to another in the Omaha Theater Company´s production of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," which will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 in the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College.

As a young boy runs in circles accommodating the many demands of a bossy mouse, the audience will find itself pulled into a delightful tale of circular logic. If you give a mouse a cookie, then he will surely need a glass of milk. If you give him a glass of milk, then he will surely need a straw, then a napkin – the demands never end!

"It´s a very humorous play," said Omaha Theater Company Artistic Director James Larson. "The play teaches children the meaning of life is to be happy and to make others happy."

The show features a small, but exceptionally talented cast from the Omaha Theater Company, which is one of the nation´s leading touring companies for children´s theater. The Company serves more than 500,000 people each year by performing coast-to-coast at more than 60 different venues. Joining the actors on stage will be giant-sized specialty props and a special "split-stage" design that will allow for the illusion of two co-existing worlds of different sizes.

"One side of the kitchen is scaled to the size of a young boy, a little bit bigger than normal since the boy is played by an adult," Larson said. "The other side of the kitchen is scaled to the size of a little mouse, so it is much, much larger than normal. Both sides of the stage represent the same area of the kitchen."

This delightful story, based on author Laura Numeroff´s popular children´s book of the same title, was adapted for stage in 1992 by playwright Jody Davidson, an esteemed contributor to world of youth theater. Davidson is the founder and co-founder of several prominent children´s theaters including the Rainbow Co. Children´s Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the only founder and executive director of three separate children´s theaters to be named "Best New Children´s Theater in the United States" by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

"This play is a tribute to vaudeville in that it uses the same physical, slapstick comedy," said Davidson. "On top of that, it´s inter-generational. Everyone can enjoy it on every level and parents can relate to the circular pattern, which so often accompanies everyday life with a child. It´s like living with a mouse!"

Tickets are $8. Funding for this production was made possible by the Queen Anne´s County Arts Council and the Caroline County Arts Council. Copies of Laura Numeroff´s books will be for sale in the lobby after the show. In addition, members of the cast will be available to meet patrons and sign books. For tickets or more information, please call the TPAC box office at 410-827-5867.


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