THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
Beginning each October actors from Last Leaf travel to schools, libraries, parks, and early learning centers to bring live theater programs to children of all ages. Many of the original adaptations are based on classic fairy tales or folk tales from around the world to encourage literacy. Some programs are STEAM-based to coordinate with school curriculum. But all are colorful and entertaining. We consistently receive great positive comments from kids and adults in the audience as well.
Each season we feature two, 40 - 50 minute, interactive programs followed by a meet and greet with the professional actors. During the summer we add a third alternative program to coordinate with the summer reading theme for libraries across the country.
You can now hear some of our most popular plays for free on the podcast Winking Kat Tales. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, & winkingkattales.com.
Click here to link to the site.
The cast of "Puss 'n Boots" with friends at a children's center south of Seattle.
Touring shows for Spring & Summer 2020
PURRLIE'S MISSION TO THE MILKY WAY
This original, new musical is about a very curious cat who, with the help of the neighborhood pets, builds a rocket ship to see for herself if the Milky Way is really made out of milk.
Children's Programs sponsored in part by:
The Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions Fund
The Anne & Mary Fund of the
Community Foundation of
Our summer public performances have concluded.
Currently we are booking programs for schools and organizations for this fall and winter. If you would like to book a performance for your school, daycare, event, or organization, contact Last Leaf
Please, check this page in October when we'll announce the titles of our touring productions for summer 2020.
THE ARTIST'S BRUSH
is a 45- 50 minute musical play with a cast of four actors. The play is based on a Dutch folktale. The plot revolves around a young artist, Johannes, who doesn’t want to put the work in to learn how to paint. Instead he trades his paintbrush for a magic brush given to him by a mischievous wood fairy, named Haanekam. The brush paints on canvas, with great accuracy, whatever the painter is looking at. The young painter becomes famous and successful for his lifelike paintings, until the mayor of a town asks him to paint his wife who is not very physically attractive or graceful to most people. The painter paints what he sees, and the mayor who loves his wife dearly is insulted. The angry mayor puts the painter in jail. The mayor’s house maid, Aachie, teaches the painter to use 'see' with his imagination. With the help of his imagination, the magic brush helps our hero paint a way to escape from prison.
HERCULES & THE GOLDEN APPLE
is an interactive, musical adaptation of one of Hercules’ famous labors. The labors were assigned to him by the Oracle of Delphi to clear his reputation and keep his soul from Hades. For this labor, Hercules is told he must pick two golden apples from a magic apple tree. Unfortunately, that tree grows in Hera’s secret garden. The goddess, Hera, doesn’t want anyone to find her garden – least of all Hercules who she doesn’t like at all. Hercules has to solve puzzles and take a long journey across Greece and Egypt to get to Hera’s Garden of Hesperides. But with the help of Athena, the Sphinx, Atlas, and a Greek chorus (the audience), he may have a fighting chance to succeed.
The Magic Hat
is an original story developed in conjunction with the Shapiro Foundation for Anti-Racist Education. It follows our hero, Balfour, who has a special hat that can change it's shape to fit into any group. The hat allows Balfour to make friends with different groups of people who have very strange and often untrue ideas about each other. 45 min.
"The Mountain Folk's Song"