Thursday, June 11, 2015

Alliance Brings Atlanta Premiere of “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical”

By Shandra Hill Smith

Laughter from kids of all ages fills the theatre this particular Friday. And the kids aren’t alone, as they find their laughs joined by those of the adults spread throughout the 200-seat Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre in Midtown Atlanta.
Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and Devon Hales
Photo: Greg Mooney
It’s clear to see just how much children and adults alike are enjoying “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical,” based on the book “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” by three-time Caldecutt Honor winner Mo Willems.

Andrea Washington signs an autograph following
a performance of “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical.”
Photo: Shandra Hill Smith
With performances through Sunday, June 28, “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical” shows what happens when things go horribly — and hilariously — wrong when baby Trixie takes a simple trip to the Laundromat with Dad with her beloved stuffed animal Knuffle Bunny. It’s a tale of baby’s first words and a parent learning to listen. It’s filled with plenty of cute scenes, including a vocal performance in gibberish by Trixie who hasn’t quite begun to speak, and another where Dad goes inside a washing machine in search of Knuffle Bunny. The one-act show delivers great performances from cast members Hannah Church, Devon Hales, Jeremiah Parker Hobbs, Jake Krakovsky and Andrea Washington.
Andrea Washington and Jake Krakovsky
Photo: Greg Mooney
Directed by Rosemary Newcott, the Alliance’s artistic director of theater for youth and families, the play for children three to 10 is produced in partnership with the High Museum of Art exhibition “Seriously Silly! The Art & Whimsy of Mo Willems.” The exhibit (through January 10, 2016) features more than 100 works — preliminary drawings to completed illustrations — from Willems’ career.  
Jeremiah Parker Hobbs, Devon Hales and Hannah Church
Photo: Greg Mooney
More info:
Combination tickets are available for the musical and exhibition