STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Author Jon Scieszka gets it.
A press release from Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre quotes him as saying: “My motto in writing is: ‘Never underestimate the intelligence of your audience.’ Kids can be silly and smart.”
Scieszka’s “Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” has been turned into an hour-long musical comedy — part of the Walnut Street Theatre for Kids series Jan. 31-Feb. 8.
In this twisted fairy tale world, familiar characters overlap, like Jack from “Jack and the Beanstalk,” an ugly duckling that grows up to be a really ugly duck, Cinderella and Rumplestiltskin, the Frog Prince and the title character, who thinks people are out to eat him, like “The Gingerbread Man,” when in reality people are running away from his bad smell.
The goal of the WST for Kids series is to encourage families to read together and engage in creative conversation.
So who thought to make the “Stinky Cheese Man” book into a play?
Kent Stephens, who playfully retitled it “Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y (stoopid) Tales.” Gary Rue came up with the songs.
Can school groups go?
Walnut Street Theatre encourages school groups to read the book in class and then come to the kids’ productions. The shows are all matinee performances. Study guides are available for teachers and school groups at www.walnutstreettheatre.org.
That’s at Walnut Street Theatre?
At 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia.
When are the performances?
10:30 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 5 and 6, and 11 a.m. Feb. 7-8.
How much are tickets?
$14-$16, $10.50-$12.50 for groups of 10 or more.
What else has Jon Scieszka done?
“Time Warp Trio” on Discovery Kids — he wrote those books.
How can I get tickets?
You can call (215) 574-3550 or (800) 982-2787 or visit walnutstreettheatre.org/.