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Children’s show ‘Lilly’s Plastic Purse’ at Taylor

Mouse cartoonUNC Greensboro’s North Carolina Theatre for Young People will present three performances of “Lilly’s Plastic Purse” at Taylor Theatre, November 10, 11 and 17 at 2 p.m.

Based on books by Kevin Henkes the story has been adapted by Kevin Kling and the show is directed by Annika Pfaender ’09 MFA.

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.'”

Pfaender says that classroom teachers like to read “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” because it contains a lesson about good classroom behavior, but that the play also has things to say about negotiating new friendships, balancing the needs and desires of others with one’s own needs and desires and about dealing with big life changes.

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, bi-lingual audiences, and refugees from around the globe, NCTYP works to expand its audience base.  

Tickets for “Lilly’s Plastic Purse” are available from the Taylor Theatre Box Office (336.334-4392; 406 Tate St.), open Monday through Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and from Triad Stage online (https://triadstage.org/tickets), in person or by phone (336.272-0160; 232 South Elm St), open Monday through Friday 1  to 6 p.m. and Saturday 2 to 6 p.m.

For information about additional school performances November 13-16, contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015 or grpsales@uncg.edu.