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Civic Youth Theatre Play with Music Each season, since the early 1940s, thousands of youth from the greater Kalamazoo area have been entertained and educated through attendance of or participation in our Civic Youth Theatre program. For many of our young patrons, a Youth Theatre production serves as an introduction to theatre as an art form. Youth involved in a production learn very quickly that it takes a lot of hard work to put on a show. As they memorize lines, paint scenery and collect props, they are also building friendships and develop self-confidence that will last them a lifetime. On the outskirts of town stands a ramshackle house. It might not seem like much 'til you peek through the railings....then you'll find that there's a horse on the porch, a monkey in the kitchen and a freckle faced, red-pigtailed, whirlwind of a girl in mismatched stockings presiding over it all. This is the domain of Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking - or Pippi! Pippi Longstocking is a scrappy 9-year-old girl who asks a lot of questions and always puts bullies in their place but she has a tendency to get caught up in one outrageous adventure after another! Whether she's fending off burglars, wrestling a circus strongman, or sailing away on a pirate ship, Pippi will win over the sternest of hearts in this rollicking musical adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's beloved book.
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