Earth Day, officially celebrated around the globe on April 22, is coming to State College three weeks early this year. And even though that's April Fool's Day, it's no joke! The well-being of Mother Earth is the focus of The Magic School Bus Live! The Climate Challenge, a musical for children on stage at 2 p.m. Sunday in Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium.
The Center for the Performing Arts presentation is produced by New York City's Maximum Entertainment in association with San Francisco's Bay Area Children's Theatre and Oregon Children's Theatre.
The Climate Challenge, based on a title in the mega-popular Magic School Bus series of children's science books, features a cast of seven actors portraying adventure-minded teacher Ms. Frizzle, her reptile sidekick Liz and her students. The musical adaptation takes the class from the Arctic to the Equator in search of evidence of climate change. It also provides children with engaging ideas for how they can help the environment.
One of the best-selling series of children's science books in publishing history, the Magic School Bus stories, written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen, make learning fun. That spirit of fun in learning extends to the stage show, which features music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen.
Tickets are still available for the show, which is ideal for kids in pre-school through middle elementary grades.
Kids Connections, which includes a child-friendly activity, begins one hour before the musical and is free to ticket holders. Kids Connections, like the show, takes place in Eisenhower. Due to space limitations, participation in Kids Connections is limited.
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