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2006/07 Season
PRODUCTIONS
Ferdinand the Bull
Philadelphia Premiere
Based on The Story of Ferdinand by MUNRO LEAF and ROBERT LAWSON
Adaptation and lyrics by KAREN ZACARIAS
Music by DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA
Directed by JENNIFER CHILDS
On the Arcadia Stage
April 11 - May 27, 2007

A classic tale of individuality set in 1930s Spain, Ferdinand the Bull is a hilarious, Flamenco-flavored family musical about a bull who doesn't want to fight and butt heads like all the other bulls – he just wants to take care of his beloved flowers. Young Duquito Danilo dreams of being a dancer, while his father plans to make Danilo a great Spanish bullfighter. When the Duque comes looking for the toughest toro for his son's bullfight in Madrid, he mistakenly picks Ferdinand. Ferdinand the Bull is an exuberant romp about being yourself and refusing to be bullied into acting like someone you're not. Kids and adults will love the clever wordplay, comical characters and lively music.

Recommended for children ages 5 and up.

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Critical Acclaim–

"An utterly charming and compelling ensemble cast ... an ideal performance for even the youngest theater-goers" –GoCityKids.com  [Read review]

"The musical literally sings with feel-good family fun, accompanied by the gentle reminder to remain true to yourself and to your friends." –The Evening Bulletin  [Read review]

"Sweet...this gentle show teaches you to follow your own nature and your own dreams...a charming demonstration of stagecraft" –The Philadelphia Inquirer

"If you're looking for a show to keep young kids entertained, take them to see Ferdinand the Bull." –Talkin' Broadway

"Frolicking fun for the entire family" –County Press

"Consistently entertaining, with fun music, a gorgeous set, complete with magically-appearing flowers, and a couple of jokes thrown in for the grown-ups in the audience" –Phillyist.com
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Ferdinand the Bull
Cast
Joe Coots
Maggie Lakis
Conrad Ricamora
Tom Teti
Ben Phipps, on guitar

Scenic Designer
Adam Riggar
Costume Designer
Rosemarie E. McKelvey
Lighting Designer
Drew Billiau
Music Director/Sound Designer
Nathan A. Roberts
Assistant Director
Joanna Mongelli
Stage Manager
Francis deSales Brookes


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