Come join us for a Wild West adventure at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center this fall! The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times is an interactive cowboy play for kids and families set in the Wild West, and it's all about figuring out how to manage anger and other big feelings when it feels like we could just bust a gut!
In this rootin' tootin' tall tale penned by InterAct's Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger, we meet Pufferfish Pat, a legendary cowboy hero who can outride, outrope and outrun just about anything--except his own hair-trigger temper! When Pat gets angry, he blows up like a Pufferfish, which gets him a nickname he hates and bad reputation he doesn’t want. He wants to be a friend to everyone and stay cool as a cucumber...he just doesn't know how! And with the little town of Gravy Gulch heating up for the annual Great Gravy Cookoff and Fashion Festival, it's more important than ever that Pat keep his cool! Where can he go to find folks who might understand or help him with this ornery problem? And what happens when black hat cowboy One-Eyed Jack rolls back into town, looking to get Pat run out of town for good? Will Pat be able to get a hold of his mean temper in time, or is it adios, Gravy Gulch?
The play is performed by three actors appearing as many different characters in and around the dusty town of Gravy Gulch, with help from the whole audience, who get to become the cowpokes and townsfolk of Gravy Gulch right from where you sit!
Activities Before the Show and After the Show
Come early with your kids for crafts and pre-show activities, and stick around afterwards for a Meet-and-Greet with the actors--it's a great time to get autographs, take pictures, and tell us your favorite part of the show! The Pre-show activities table opens 30 minutes before the performance.
About Managing Anger and Other Big Feelings
We all get mad from time to time--in the play Pufferfish Pat, kids get to hear right along with Pat that angry feelings are natural and even healthy sometimes, and that when it comes to managing angry feelings, there’s no one fix that works for everyone every time. Kids hear characters sharing their tips and ideas for managing angry feelings see characters modeling different anger management strategies for Pat, and even get to share some advice of their own.
FIELD TRIP FRIDAYS for Elementary Schools and Home School Groups
On Friday, September 15 and Friday, September 22, InterAct Story Theatre hosts two special field trip opportunities for elementary schools and homeschool audiences--with special discount rates! The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times connects with curriculum objectives in Reading Literature and Speaking & Listening, and explores the important character education topics of Anger Management, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, and Caring. Teacher resource materials and parent guides containing pre-performance and post-performance activities are available. For more information about special rates for school groups and home school groups, please contact us at email@example.com!
SPECIAL SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE, SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10 @ 1:30PM
The performance on this date and time is designed to create a welcoming afternoon of theatre for children who are on the autism spectrum, children who have sensory needs, and their families. This performance includes lower sound levels and a limit on activities that produce loud sounds; families are free to talk and to enter/exit the theatre during the performance; and a designated quiet area will be near the theatre space (parent/guardian is required to stay with their child at all times). As with all of our performances, house lighting is on in the theatre during the show. We want to provide a positive and comfortable theatre experience for your child.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can reach out to you and become aware of specific needs for your child.
The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times. An interactive play for kids and families about dealing with anger and other big feelings.
Fri, September 8, 2017: 7:00pm*
(*Pay What You Can Performance)
Sat, September 9, 2017: 11:30am & 1:30pm
Sun, September 10, 2017: 11:30am & 1:30pm**
(**Sensory Friendly Performance)
Fri, September 15, 2017: 11:00am & 1:00pm
Sat, September 16, 2017: 11:30am, 1:30pm & 4:00pm
Sun, September 17, 2017: 11:30am & 1:30pm
Fri, September 22, 2017: 11:00am & 1:00pm
Sat, September 23, 2017: 11:30am & 1:30pm
Dates and times are subject to change
Note for Parents and Teachers: For the safety of everyone, children must be under the direct supervision of a parent, teacher or responsible adults at all times while at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center.
This production is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. On the web at MSAC.org. Also, supported in part by Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Montgomery County government and the generous support of a legion of donors and partners. Thank you for supporting arts for kids and families in Maryland!