Original artwork by Kyle Ragsdale
THE IRT CABARET | FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 25 | WELCOME TO THE IRT! Exploring new places and meeting new people can be scary— especially for the first time! With courage, William leaves his small country home and visits the big city where he learns new things and meets new friends. To experience new adventures we need to be brave! —Director Benjamin Hanna
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Count the numbers to help William & Monty travel from the country to the town, but be careful to avoid those pesky mouse traps!
3 boots with dark toes 1 boot with something in it
3 boots in shades of green 2 boots with red stripes
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FILL IN THE BLANK:
Read each sentence and fill in the blank with the best answer from the word bank. PIPE TOWN
Costume design for William, the Country Mouse, by Guy Clark.
William lives with his grandmother in an old _____________ called Toecap Cottage. Monty lives in a large _____________ far from Williamâ€™s farm. Snowey and Silver are _____________ mice who live near Monty. William slips and slides all over the ___________wood. Monty shows William a hot water ___________that takes him up to the attic. William and Monty help themselves to all the food that has been set out for a _____________.
FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 1. What makes your home safe, warm, and enjoyable? 2. All the mice come to see that there are good things about others different from themselves. What do you like about yourself? What do like about someone in your community who is different from you? 3. William learns to be brave in our story. In what ways did you see him be brave? How have you shown bravery in your life? How can we try to make ourselves more brave?
THE ACKERMAN FOUNDATION SUPPORTER
THE JERRY L. BURRIS & BARBARA J. BURRIS FOUNDATION SUPPORTER
TRACY L. HADDAD SUPPORTER
JANET ALLEN, Executive Artistic Director SUZANNE SWEENEY, Managing Director THE IRT CABARET FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 25 SETTING WILLIAM’S HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY, AND MONTY’S HOME IN TOWN CAST
PAETON CHAVIS MONTMORENCY DE VERE BOOT
Hometown: Fishers, Indiana Favorite Subject in School: Social Studies Favorite Childhood Book: Holes by Louis Sachar First Play: Annie Jr. Fun Fact: I don’t like cheese at all! That’s weird, right? What kind of mouse doesn’t like cheese?
CARLOS MEDINA MALDONADO SNOWEY
Hometown: Gurnee, Illinois Favorite Subject in School: History Favorite Childhood Book: Shoeless Joe & Me by Dan Gutman First Play: I played Scrooge in A Christmas Carol in 8th grade. Fun Fact: I was born in Puerto Rico.
BRIANNA MILAN SILVER
Hometown: Buford, Georgia Favorite Subject in School: Math Favorite Childhood Book: The BFG by Roald Dahl First Play: James and the Giant Peach (as a cloud) Fun Fact: I collect snow globes—I have more than 30!
VICKY IRELAND | PLAYWRIGHT
Vicky Ireland is a British playwright who has written many plays for children, including adaptations of books and stories by Roald Dahl, Hans Christian Anderson, Rudyard Kipling, and Jacqueline Wilson. GRANT SOMKIET O’MEARA WILLIAM BOOT
Hometown: Brownsburg, Indiana Favorite Subject in School: English Favorite Childhood Book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff First Play: Dr. Dolittle Fun Fact: I’m obsessed with llamas.
CLAIRE WILCHER GRANNY
Hometown: Tell City, Indiana Favorite Subject in School: English Favorite Childhood Book: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry First Play: The Music Man at age 7 Fun Fact: I sat on a stool in the kitchen while my dad cooked and told him riddles out of my pile of joke books.
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ARTISTIC TEAM BENJAMIN HANNA | DIRECTOR
GORDON STRAIN | SCENIC DESIGNER
GUY CLARK | COSTUME DESIGNER
Hometown: Barrett, Minnesota Favorite Subject in School: Reading and Writing Favorite Childhood Book: There’s a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss First Play: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Fun Fact: I loved reading in my treehouse.
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana Favorite Subject in School: Art Favorite Childhood Book: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak First Play: I played Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol at the Orchard School. Childhood Dream Job: Archaeologist
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana Favorite Subject in School: Art Favorite Childhood Book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott First Play: I played Marley’s Ghost in A Christmas Carol in elementary school. Childhood Dream Job: Fashion Designer
BETH A. NUZUM | LIGHTING DESIGNER
TOM HORAN | SOUND DESIGNER
BRITTANY COWGILL | STAGE MANAGER
Hometown: Hobart, Indiana Favorite Childhood Book: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein First Lighting Design: A Doll’s House For Fun: I read, play video games, and walk my pet duck, Berkley.
Hometown: Gilroy, California—the Garlic Capital of the World! Favorite Subject in School: I was pretty good at Math, but I loved any chance to write stories. Favorite Childhood Book: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Fun Fact: I once biked from San Francisco to San Diego; it took me two weeks!
Hometown: many different cities, mainly in Texas Favorite Subject in School: Science Favorite Childhood Book: Matilda by Roald Dahl First Play: In the 4th grade, I played The Littlest Reindeer. Childhood Dream Job: I wanted to be a teacher, a truck driver, and a professional roller skater.
Production Assistant & Young Actor Liaison: Jessica Hughes Understudies: Kate Homan & Jordan Pecar
Photos of the set without actors on it and with proper credit (see below) is permitted. Scenic Designer Gordon Strain (gordonstrain.com) | Lighting Designer Beth Nuzum Photography and recording are not permitted during the performance. The videotaping of this production is a violation of United States Copyright Law and an actionable Federal Offense.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse is produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois.