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The Sheridan Arts Foundation and Telluride Theatre are please to present BARRY
For Immediate Release
The Sheridan Arts Foundation and Telluride Theatre are pleased to present
an original show for children of all ages
featuring the songs of famed children’s musician Barry Louis Polisar
December 9, 11, 12 @ 5:30pm
FREE and open to the public at the Sheridan Opera House – Families Welcome!
Barry Louis Polisar has been writing and recording music for children since 1975. One of those children lucky enough to grow up with his songs was Telluride Theatre’s own Sasha Cucciniello. After playing some of his music for Colin Sullivan, Colin secretly contacted Sasha’s childhood hero to see if he could get permission for her to write a play using Barry’s songs. Barry said yes.
“Barry has been incredible throughout this process - trusting and generous. He has lived up to his idol status and this play is a tribute to him.” Using his songs Sasha wrote a play, really a musical, for children of all ages. My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana, I’ve Got a Dog and My Dog’s Name is Cat, Giggle Tickle Fiddle Little Wiggle Around, Homemade Band and My Brother Threw Up on my Stuffed Toy Bunny are just some of the fun songs included. The story follows a boy named Barry through an ordinary day where lots of extraordinary things happen. But that is only part of the story - there are surprises, silliness and lots and lots of amazing music. Breakfast, lunch and dinner; school and recess; babysitter and library time – with a dancing dinosaur, a very shy boy named Hiram, show and tell, a dog named cat and a cast of characters who have to cooperate, imagine and try new things to make it all magical.
The cast includes Rachel Cooke, Patrick Dyar, Megan Heller, Colin Sullivan and Melissa Sumpter. During the rehearsal process the playwright and cast have been working closely with veteran theatre musicians Ethan Hale and Sam Burgess to bring Barry’s songs to life. “The music is the centerpiece to the play and to have the talent of Ethan and Sam playing live during the shows will make this event more special.”
BARRY is the inaugural production of the newly formed Telluride Theatre (the recent merge between the REP and SquidShow) and is a co-production with the Sheridan Arts Foundation. The Sheridan Arts Foundation, owner and operator of the historic Sheridan Opera House, is thrilled to co-produce a family show with such talented individuals as Sasha, Colin and the local cast members. This homegrown musical is the perfect fit in helping fulfill the SAF’s mission to expose and provide quality arts to the children and visitors of the Telluride community. SAF Event Director Ronnie Palamar feels strongly that “Telluride’s local talent is overwhelming, so there is no need to drive to Denver for family entertainment when we are offering it in our own backyard!” The SAF hopes community members of all ages will come and enjoy this fun and moving performance, all while supporting two local nonprofit organizations.
For more information visit www.sheridanoperahouse.com or call 708-3934
Barry Louis Polisar - Barry sings his song All I Want is You in the opening credits of the film Juno and on the Grammy Award-winning Juno Soundtrack. It also currently airs daily throughout the US on national TV in an ad for the Honda Hybridand.
Barry is an author, songwriter, story-teller and poet. A five-timeParents' Choice Award winner, Barry has written songs forSesame Street and The Weekly Reader. He has been a regular musical performer on The Learning Channel and the star of an Emmy Award-winning television show for children.
A pioneer in the world of books and music for children, he paved the way for an entire generation of musicians who perform for kids when he began writing and recording for children in 1975. Thirty-five years later, his unique songs and stories are now heard all around the world.
Barry writes books and poems, visits schools and libraries throughout the United States and Europe, and has performed at The White House, The Smithsonian and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He was given a Special Library Recognition Award for his "ability to communicate with and excite children to read."
Barry's web site is a free resource for teachers, parents and kids of all ages; listen to his songs, watch videos, get "Read" posters or contact him directly to set up a visit at your school or library...or just to say hello. http://www.barrylou.com/