Face-paced, fun and fanciful on-stage adventure for young audiences
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2017
UNION, N.J. – Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Mexican Chihuahua, will bring his imagination to life for the audience at Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre on Sunday, January 29, in the musical, Skippyjon Jones, Snow What.
While his sisters listen to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Skippyjon heads into his closet, where his imagination leads him to a world of real adventure. As his alter ego Skippito Friskito, and with the help of his friends, the Seven Chimichangos, Skippyjon must rescue the beautiful princess Nieve Que (Snow What), battle the evil dragon and defeat the Bruja (witch).
The Theatreworks USA musical is based on the Skippyjon Jones book series by Judy Schachner, and is recommended for ages 4-8. The 55-minute show is fast-paced, leaving no time for young ones to become bored by the plot line.
“There are a lot of really fun surprises that will continue to wow them more and more as the show goes on,” said Nick Scalzo, who is playing the role of Don Diego, the leader of the Seven Chimichangos. “The songs are funny and the melodies are catchy. With the speed and momentum, it doesn’t give them a chance to wander off or lose interest.”
Parents will be happy to learn that there are also a few lessons to be learned from Skippyjon Jones, Snow What, including many Spanish words and some sage advice.
“Kids learn to not be afraid to use their imagination and also to be considerate of those around you,” Scalzo said. “Skippyjon saves the day for everybody, but he wouldn’t have achieved that if he wasn’t considerate of others. It’s a simple concept.”
Skippyjon Jones, Snow What will be performed at Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 29. Tickets are $12-$20 (use code POST17 to receive a 17% discount) and are available at the Kean Stage Box Office in Wilkins Theatre, by phone at 908-737-SHOW (7469) or online at www.keanstage.com.
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