WYE MILLS - Back by popular demand, ArtsPower National Touring Theatre's beloved Laura Ingalls Wilderchronicles the exciting adventures of the Ingalls family as they travel across the prairie in search of a little house to call home. ArtsPower’s Laura Ingalls Wilder comes to the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College on Friday, May 15 at 7 pm.
Based on Wilder’s own childhood experiences, which she began recording in her 60s, this original musical delights young audiences with the adventures of the spirited pioneer girl and her family.
Laura Ingalls Wilder follows the tomboyish Laura, her older sister Mary, her Ma, and her Pa as they travel across the unsettled frontier of the late-1800s American Midwest. Many challenges threaten the Ingalls family’s security, including Indian attacks, disease, and devastating crop losses. Powered by their devotion to each other and an unwavering “pioneering spirit,” they are able to overcome anything.
The show features a lush musical score with five original songs, among them “Move On,” which captures the restlessness and excitement of loading up the covered wagon to find a new home, and “Fishin’,” a duet in which Laura and Pa laugh and share tall tales at their favorite fishing hole.
Mrs. Ingalls would like Laura to pay more attention to her studies, but lessons make Laura feel like a misfit – especially when she compares herself unfavorably to the “smarter” Mary.
Yet in the end, it is her love for Mary that helps Laura overcome her insecurities. When Mary is blinded by scarlet fever, Laura becomes her sister’s eyes. She entertains Mary with outlandish descriptions of everything around them in another of the show’s songs, “Seein’ Things I Never Saw Before.” In the process, Laura discovers her own talent for storytelling, the same talent that will someday bring her national fame as one of America’s best-loved children’s authors.
Written and directed by ArtsPower Artistic Director Greg Gunning with music by his longtime collaborator Richard DeRosa, Laura Ingalls Wilderhas been a hit with audiences since its premiere in 1995.
Mark and Gary Blackman founded ArtsPower in 1985 and have been steering its course ever since. ArtsPower has grown into one of America’s largest and most active producers of professional theatre for young and family audiences. Its 27 professional touring productions have been seen by 12 million people in 48 states – from Alaska to Florida – in some of the nation’s top regional theatres, university auditoriums, and cultural centers, including The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and Lincoln Center in New York.
Tickets for the show are $9. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call the TPAC Box Office at 410-827-5867.