According to legend, Aesop was a slave in ancient Greece who won honors, and his freedom, from telling stories that resonate with moral truths. There have been picture books, plays, TV shows, movies, anthologies, albums – you name it – retelling these delightful fables. In fact, my composer husband’s contributions can be seen on You Tube in: Ralph Martell’s, Aesop’s Fables in Song. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOxy7NNfgooB-w8Dy07DJ2Q.
Now, ShoWorks Entertainment, after a successful Indiegogo campaign, is bringing this live-action, long-running success in South Africa, to California. Originally created by the late performer/teacher/producer/director Keith Galloway, this bright and colorful children's musical has been delighting audiences there for the last 30 years.
Actors, Jo Galloway, Arturo Lopez, Emmanuelle Girard and Chris Worley, perform in these tales, chock full of song, dance, and humorous predicaments. We meet animals engaged in human-like situations that are sure to resonate with both children and adults alike.
There is my personal favorite, The Lion & The Mouse; the ever so pertinent, The Tortoise & The Hare; and a few I hadn’t heard before, The Fox & The Miser, The Wolf & His Shadow, and The Peacock & The Crow.
Then, of course, the ever popular winter’s tale, The Ant & The Grasshopper!
So, go and enjoy, but don’t forget to bring the grandkids!
At The Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica, through July 31st. Tickets: 310-392-7327 or online at www.edgemarcenter.org
Also listed in the July issue of NOT BORN YESTERDAY.