‘Petra and the Wolf’ comes to ECA March 23-24

A scene from Petra and the Wolf.

Petra and the Wolf, a new work inspired from the classic Peter and the Wolf, will be presented at the Edmonds Center for the Arts Friday and Saturday, March 23-24.

The performance features large-scale puppetry by Glass Half Full Theatre and a new instrumental score written and performed live by Mother Falcon, a band NPR describes as “the little orchestra that can seemingly do the impossible.”

Petra and the Wolf is presented as an ECA Education Matinee for school groups and homeschool families on Friday, March 23 at 10 a.m.and noon, and as a public Saturday matinee on March 24 at 11 a.m.

Petra and The Wolf introduces the mischievous but fearless Petra, the granddaughter of the fabled Peter. When a wolf threatens Petra’s home and animal friends, her adventures become a showcase of bravery and compassion. Audiences of all ages will walk away from this stunning piece of visual and musical storytelling with a new sense of empathy for the animals that share our earth.

Petra and The Wolf unites Lionheart Youth Theatre with the music of Universal Recording Artist Mother Falcon and the critically-acclaimed puppetry of Glass Half Full Theatre. Based in Austin, Texas, Lionheart Youth Theatre is dedicated to producing and presenting work for young audiences that celebrates the fearlessness and imagination of the next generation. Glass Half Full Theatre creates new works of theatre using the precise physical language of both humans and puppets to address the momentous issues that humankind confronts across the globe.

Mother Falcon is one of Austin’s most talked about bands, recently described by NPR Music as “sweepingly majestic.” Their classical-crossover pop songs and huge ensemble are starting to make big waves outside of Austin, yet this incredible group of artists is remains dedicated to the young people in their community through their summer rock camp programming.

ECA’s Saturday Matinee performance of Petra and The Wolf is generously sponsored by Doreen and Ralph Boy. Funding is also provided by the Hazel Miller Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), Wells Fargo, and Nancy Bittner.

Tickets to Education Matinees are $8 per student, with one complimentary teacher or chaperone for every 10 student tickets sold. Tickets to Saturday Matinees are $10 per person. Purchase tickets online at www.ec4arts.org, by phone at 425-275-9595, or in person at 410 4th Ave N.

ECA offers Arts for Everyone, a program with $2 matinee tickets to schools with over 30 percent of students on Free & Reduced-Price Meal programs, low-income families, and older adults. For more information about Arts for Everyone, contact Gillian Jones, Director of Programming, at [email protected] or 425-275-9483, or visit www.ec4arts.org.

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