Children’s Literature on Stage: ‘Elephant and Piggie’s We’re In A Play’ at Children’s Theatre Company

image courtesy Dan Norman


My most beloved children’s literature characters are on stage for the next month.

Elephant and Piggie.

Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences on Tour  has brought them here in a partnership with Children’s Theatre Company.

 Whether you have a kiddo who loves books or one who is a reluctant reader, you will want to check this theatrical experience out!

image courtesy Dan Norman

Piggie and Elephant with their friends, the Squirrelles–image courtesy Dan Norman

FFTC is proudly sponsored by

The cast

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Piggie– image courtesy Dan Norman

image courtesy Dan Norman

Best Friends– image courtesy Dan Norman

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Elephant Gerald– image courtesy Dan Norman

image courtesy Dan Norman

image courtesy Dan Norman

I love great children’s literature.  For the past two years, I have had the privilege of reading to my sons’ kindergarten classes during their weekly library visits.  My absolute favorite read aloud series is by Mo Willems. He’s the author that brought us the Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus series, Knuffle Bunny series, Cat the Cat series, and my favorite Elephant and Piggie (there are so many more, but I can’t list them all without your eyes glazing over).

Elephant and Piggie are delightful.  Piggie, a happy-go-lucky girl, experiences the world through rainbows and unicorns.  Elephant?  Well, he worries “so that Piggie doesn’t have to.”  They are best friends–a perfect combination. 

Elephant is  played by Christopher Michael Richardson and Piggie is play by MN native Shinah Brashears.

Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play Important Details!
•Runs through October 23 • Click HERE for more detailed showtimes
•Ticket prices start at $15
•The Show is 60 minutes long • No intermission • But there are still Piggie Cookies for sale before the show!  (This was very important to my 6 year old)

5 Things to Enjoy 

  • Music and Dancing–this is the best part of the show.  I need a copy of the music.  It’s really fun!
  • All things Elephant Gerald
  • The Penguin–he was both my son’s and my favorite character. 
  • Piggie and her trumpet and the hilarity that ensues.
  • Audience Participation:  The more you get into it, the more you’ll love it!

FFTC is sponsered by Kinder Musik of the Valley


image courtesy Dan Norman

image courtesy Dan Norman

5 Things to Know

  • Slow moving at points
  • Loud:  I looked over to see my son plugging his ears.
  • The stage is very simple
  • The characters don’t LOOK like the animals they are
  • You can get your kids ready for the play by watching these videos

You absolutely don’t need to read the books in advance.  In fact, you may enjoy it more if you haven’t read the books. 

If you already know the books, don’t hold too tightly to your Elephant and your Piggie.  You will enjoy the show more that way.

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