Friday, January 27, 2017

MO WILLEMS STUDIO FEBRUARY 2017 UPDATE


I hope you all have a wonderful FEBRUARY filled with reading and laughs.  Here are some of the things planned for this month:

FRIENDIVERSARY!   




February is Friendiversary Month, the month where, for the past 7 years, the Mo Willems Studio teams up with First Book to insure that every 2nd grader at a Title 1 school in New Orleans (LA), Springfield (MA), and Holyoke (MA) goes home with an Elephant & Piggie Book of their very own.


I'll be visiting a school in Holyoke to read and distribute some of the books.  Always a highlight of the year for me.

YOU can join the fun all day on SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4 when the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM in Amherst (MA) throws their Friendiversary Party

Elephant and Piggie will be there, there will be games, story times, art projects, films, and you'll be able to drive the Bus that The Pigeon can't! 


Plus there will be free books for every kid who comes thanks to Hyperion Books and First Book! 



If YOU want to help throw a Friendiversary for a deserving school near you, you can!  Reach out to First Book to see how you can help.

HOORAY!


Congratulations to LAURIE KELLER for winning the 2017 THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL MEDAL from the American Association of Librarians for WE ARE GROWING! (An Elephant & Piggie Like Reading Book).

Laurie's book, along with Dan Santat's, launched this new series of easy readers.  It's been a joy to work with and watch Laurie craft the best possible story about some blades of grass.  The grass really is greener on her side.
We'll be publishing a new Elephant & Piggie book this spring, written and illustrated by Laurie's pal, Charise Harper.

This year's selections were wonderful and honored many of my pals and one of my neighbors, David Milgrim, who lives down the block.  It was also a joy to see the inspiring Ashley Bryan win a Newbery Honor in his 90's.

Huzzahs all around.

THEATER!   

KENNEDY CENTER TOUR!




 


The KENNEDY CENTER TOURING production of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! is back on the road all across AMERICA and CANADA.

It's a great show and one that often sells out.  So, get your tickets!

Remember to contact the individual venues for tickets and details.  There will be many other locations with school performances, but these dates are be open to the public.

Note: schedules are subject to change.

Here is the tour schedule for the next few months:

February 8                 Indianapolis, IN           Clowes Hall
February 10-11          Skokie, IL                    North Shore Center
February 16-17          Des Moines                Des Moines Civic Center
February 19-20          Madison, WI              The Overture Center for the Arts
February 25-26          St. Louis, MO            Center of Creative Arts (COCA)
February 28               Glen Ellyn, IL              McAninch Arts Center

March 3                     Lafayette, LA               Acadiana Center for the Arts
March 8-10               Greenville, SC            The Peace Center for the Performing Arts
March 14                  Westhampton Beach, NY  Westhampton Beach Performing Arts
March 16-17             Newark, NJ                   New Jersey Performing Arts Center
March 18                   Northampton, MA        Academy of Music
March 19-20             Hanover, NH                 Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts
March 21                   Burlington, VT              Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
March 22                   Portsmouth, NH           The Music Hall
March 25                   Ottowa, ON                 Centrepointe
March 26                   Oakville, ON                Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
March 27                   Richmond Hill, ON       Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
March 29                   Burlington, ON             Burlington Performing Arts Centre

I will be attending the performance in NORTHAMPTON, MA on MARCH 18 and doing a talk back.  Get your tickets from the Academy of Music before they sell out!

 

The big show is the 2 week run in NYC with a live band at the New Victory Theater Off-Broadway on 42nd in late January and early February, the plays Off-Broadway Debut!

I'll be on hand for a talk back with the composer, Deborah Wicks La Puma after the 3pm show on February 4 and I'll be doing a signing after the 7pm show that same day. 


Other theater companies are performing my plays as well!  Check them out if they're in your area.  You'll be supporting local artists, introducing your kids to the joys of theater, and hopefully have a laugh or two. 

AUSTIN, TX!

The ZACH Theater production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! will open on February 14 & runs thru April 28th!


REDMOND, WA!


The Second Story Rep production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! will open on February 11 & runs thru March 5th!


WARREN, PA!

The STRUTHERS LIBRARY THEATER production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL runs from Feb. 23 - 26.

ATLANTA!

 

The Alliance Theater's wonderful, interactive production for VERY young audiences, PLAY THE PLAY WITH CAT THE CAT runs thru February 19th!

THANKS/nice news!


Thanks to you, Elephant & Piggie's WAITING IS NOT EASY! popped back onto the New York Times Bestseller list in January.  Thanks, you!


A heartwarming story in January was that of Daliyah Marie Arana, a 4 year old who, because she has read over 1,000 books, was made honorary Librarian of Congress for a day by the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden.  I was  touched by Daliyah and her mom, all the more so because it turns out she likes my books!  Thank you Daliyah!

Continuing....

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