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The University of North Carolina Greensboro, School of Theatre will present Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse in the Taylor Theatre November 10, 11, and 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse is directed by ’09 MFA graduate Annika Pfaender. The play’s story revolves around Lilly, a little mouse full of ambition and youthful enthusiasm. She loves school, especially her new teacher, Mr. Slinger. When she receives an exciting new purple plastic purse, she can’t wait to show it to her class, but things don’t go exactly as Lilly planned.
“From the start of the process, I wanted to emphasize the ‘young’ aspects of the characters and de-emphasize the ‘mouse’ aspect,” said Pfaender, who focused on theater for youth as a graduate student at UNCG. “So, while elements of a mouse world are incorporated into the set and the costumes, we tried to focus more on the difference in scale between the human and mouse world. We also have some really neat things that light up. I’m eagerly anticipating the ‘ooohhs’ and ‘aaahhs.’”
The North Carolina Theatre for Young People (NCTYP) exists to celebrate the art of live theater for young audiences, to enrich the lives of young people and their families, and to connect the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with the community. Founded in 1962, the company has reached well over one million young people with fully mounted main stage productions as well as touring shows that have traveled as far as rural Maryland and Washington, D.C.
The touring shows alone engage more than 15,000 children every year. NCYTP aims to embrace all community members in its offerings, promoting diversity, inclusion, and acceptance. Producing work for deaf audiences, bilingual audiences, and refugees from around the globe, NCTYP works to expand its audience base.
The UNCG School of Theatre educates and trains students as professional artists in performance, design and technology, theatre for youth, and theatre education. Our rigorous BA, BFA, and MFA programs produce exemplary theatre artists with the knowledge, skills, and vision to work professionally in the performing arts. The School of Theatre is committed to creating and nurturing a diverse, engaged, artistically well-balanced body of future Theatre professionals, performers and teachers.
Our mission is to nurture our students’ dreams, enhance their talents, and help them to turn passion into purpose, on and off the stage.
Tickets are available online at http://www.triadstage.org/tickets, by phone (336.334.4392), or in person at the UNCG School of Theatre Box Office location (406 Tate St, Greensboro NC, 27403). Hours of operation for the box office are Monday-Friday 1:00-5:00. Dedicated school performances will be offered Nov. 13-16. For more information, please contact the UNCG School of Theatre group sales manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 336-334-4015.