Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Based on the novel by Richard and Florence Atwater
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Mr. Popper's Penguins

Script by Robert Kauzlaric
Music & Lyrics by George Howe

GENRE: Family musical comedy
LENGTH: 60 minutes
CAST: 1 females, 1 male, 2 either (4-18 actors possible)
SET: Flexible set

Money is tight and times are tough in the town of Stillwater. With no houses to paint till next spring, Mr. Popper is stuck at home daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands, while Mrs. Popper must scrimp and save just to put beans on the table. But with the unexpected arrival of a spirited penguin named Captain Cook, a new horizon opens before them. As a quiet partnership expands into a boisterous flock, the Poppers learn that there’s no problem that can’t be solved with steady determination, lots of love, and a dash of unconventionality. Join this offbeat family on an unforgettable adventure in a new musical based on the 1938 classic by Richard and Florence Atwater.

“Richard and Florence Atwater’s 1938 children’s tale — adapted for the stage by playwright Robert Kauzlaric and songwriter George Howe — is the endearing and enduring tale of a housepainter whose fascination with faraway places leads him to write a fan letter to an antarctic explorer, who responds by sending Popper a penguin from the South Pole… This charming and funny hour-long family show, which uses life-size puppets to represent the birds, emphasizes the loving partnership of Mr. Popper and his improbably patient and supportive wife, whose participation in the action has been expanded from the original book… Kauzlaric’s witty script and Howe’s bouncy score is well delivered.” —Chicago Reader

Premiered October 2015, Lifeline Theatre, Chicago, IL

Regional Tours:
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (Southeast USA: 2017-18)

Produced by:
The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
Nashville Children’s Theatre (Nashville, TN)
South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA)

Production photo by Suzanne Plunkett

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