‘Page to Stage’ series brings literature to life

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published January 13, 2016

 Fans of Peter Rabbit will enjoy seeing his trials and tribulations Feb. 25 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township.

Fans of Peter Rabbit will enjoy seeing his trials and tribulations Feb. 25 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township.

Photo provided by Enchantment Theatre Company

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MACOMB COUNTY — Two literary favorites will make the jump from the book page to the main stage next month as the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts brings back its “Page to Stage” series.

“Page to Stage” takes a story and brings in a cast of characters to act it out live on stage. The program is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the literature, and offer new insight and perspectives from the performers. Question-and-answer periods usually follow each performance, according to a press release from Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Marketing Manager Sandy Hazelton-Pianko.

On Feb. 24, “Lily’s Crossing,” by Patricia Reilly Giff, comes to life at 9:30 a.m. and noon.

On the following day, Feb. 25, “Peter Rabbit Tales,” based on the original Peter Rabbit books by Beatrix Potter, will delight fans with two shows at 9:30 a.m. and noon.

In “Lily’s Crossing,” the character of Lily plans a spectacular summer at her family’s cozy house on the Atlantic Ocean. But by the summer of 1944, that changes because of World War II. The performance — by the group ArtsPower — is recommended for students in grades three through eight. The show runs 55 minutes.

In “Peter Rabbit Tales,” audience members will embark on a journey as Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny escape from Mr. McGregor, outfox Mr. Tod, and rescue the Flopsy Bunnies from the disagreeable badger Tommy Brock.

“Peter Rabbit Tales,” presented by Enchantment Theatre Company, is recommended for pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students with a runtime of 60 minutes.

According to organizers, the show was adapted by Jennifer Blatchley Smith, Leslie Reidel and Landis Smith.

For ticket information, call (586) 286-2222 or visit www.MacombCenter.com. Study guides for the show also are available at the website.

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located at 44575 Garfield Road, at Hall Road.

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