Pictured: Shon Ruffin (as Piggie) and Jake Walker (as Gerald the Elephant). Photo by J. Robert Schraeder.
The Coterie Theatre concludes its 40th anniversary season with the family musical “Elephant & Piggie’s ‘We are in a Play!,’” adapted for the stage by creator Mo Willems.
Directed by Shanara Gabrielle, with musical direction by Anthony T. Edwards and choreography by Marc Wayne, the production features Jake Walker (as Elephant) and Shon Ruffin (as Piggie), with Kimberly Horner, Roan Ricker, and Catera Combs Marx (as The Squirrelles).
The production team includes Danielle Renee (Coterie resident stage manager), Zoë Still (set designer), Shane Rowse (lighting designer), Georgianna Londré Buchanan (costume designer), David Kiehl (sound designer), Kelli Harrod (properties), Scott Hobart (technical director), and Emily White-Winter (production assistant).
When “bestus” friends Elephant and Piggie get together, anything is possible. They might learn a crazy new dance, spend the day playing ping-pong in silly hats, or even get invited to a fancy pool costume party. Together with their delightfully nutty back-up singers, the Squirrelles,
Elephant & Piggie soon discover the fun of being in a play, all the while encouraging the audience to join in for some interactive fun. Featuring, jazz- and Broadway-inspired melodies to bring the story to life on stage, author Mo Willems transports his simple – yet endearingly fanciful – look at friendship into a musical message that resonates with every age in the family.
“Elephant & Piggie’s ‘We are in a Play!’” runs June 11 – August 4. For more information visit thecoterie.org.