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Theater Department to Present 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie' on March 27, 28

March 2009

Can one cookie and one mouse lead to a big adventure for a young boy? You bet!

Sauk Valley Community College’s Theater Department will present the popular children’s story If You Give a Mouse a Cookie with two special performances. The first will be at noon on Friday, March 27, with the second at noon on Saturday, March 28, in the Mathis Theatre. There is no charge to attend either performance. The Saturday show is in conjunction with Child Fair, which will be held at the College from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.

“We’re looking forward to presenting this production not once, but twice,” said Jason Hedrick, Sauk’s director of theater. “This show is appropriate for all ages, and particularly great for giving the little ones that first theatre experience.”

In addition to being a fun event for the entire family, this fast-paced children’s tale of warped logic also gives young audience members a valuable lesson in cause and effect. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is an entertaining story of how one simple event, giving a mouse a cookie, triggers other thoughts and events. As the pushy little mouse wants more, it is easy for children to relate to the activities that are attributed to the mouse, but really relate to their lives. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was written by Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. Numeroff has written 30 children’s books.

Sauk’s production will feature theater students Tamra Culver, Walnut, who will star as the mouse. She also co-directs the production. Ryan Elmendorf, Dixon, stars as the Boy. Costuming for the production has been designed and constructed by Nancy Webster. Andrew Kida, Ashton, has designed the set and lighting, and Jorge Chirinos of Sterling will provide special assistance.

There will be general seating for both shows; however, reservations may be made by calling Sauk’s Information Center at 815/288-5511, ext. 385. Tickets are also available at Books on First in Dixon.