Monday, June 15, 2009


Please Touch Playhouse is excited to add a brand new show to its repertoire! “Getting There” premieres on June 13 and will be on stage through August 8.

I caught up with David Hutchman, Theater Experience Manager, who told me all about this new show.

Pinky: David, what’s “Getting There” about?

David: Getting There is a light hearted, prop, puppet and toy filled retelling of the story of how down through the ages people from all over the world have managed to get from one place to another; from the beginning of time when everyone walked, to the discovery of the wheel to today’s fast cars, planes and train.

Pinky: That sounds so fun!

David: You’re right, Pinky! It’s a fun interactive show about the history of transportation for the child who always wants to know if we’re there yet.

Pinky: How did the idea of the show come about?

David: We wanted to create a theater program around the theme of transportation. Topics like traffic safety, vehicle identification and teaching the history of cars, planes, and all things that “roll, move and run” are introduced to kids in a fun way. Kids will learn lessons like “Look both ways before you cross the street and hold your big person’s hand,” as well as the importance of friendship that ties the plot of “Getting There” together. And then there’s the idea that we don’t always need to go fast, but that we can take time and experience the little things along the way.

Pinky: So it’s all about a healthy balance! How can kids bring this particular show into their own homes after they leave the museum?

David: As with most of Please Touch Playhouse productions, “Getting There” can be reenacted at home with props any child can find in their home; from toy cars and airplanes to stuffed animals. It’s important for parents and guardians to remember that the goal of performance play is not to train your child to be an actor, dancer or musician. Instead, focus on creating an atmosphere for your child to explore the performing arts, so such skills as communication, listening, self-expression and self-confidence can be explored and encouraged. Remember, performance play is a great opportunity for your child to learn and grow while having fun!

Pinky: Thanks, David! I can't wait to see the show! Click here for fun "Getting There" related activities!

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