Mr. Popper's Penguins
PRESENTED BY PARKER ARTS AND INSPIRE CREATIVE
This charming tale touches the heart – with lots of laughs along the way! It is hard enough for Mr. Popper, a simple painter, to support himself and his family. The addition of twelve penguins makes it impossible to make both ends meet – until Mr. Popper has a splendid idea. He will turn the talented penguins into a traveling vaudeville act! And that’s exactly what he does. The entire family will delight in the adventures of Mr. Popper and his “performing” feathered friends.
Monday, June 19 - 6:30 PM
Run Time: 90 minutes
This performance will have sign language interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Book and Lyrics by Jody Davidson
Music by Brett Schrier
Based on the novel by Richard and Florence Atwater
Produced by special arrangement with
Plays for Young Audiences
Mr. Popper is a house painter who dreams of traveling the world – except he doesn’t have the money. Instead, he reads magazines about famous people and distant lands. One day, the Popper family tunes in to a radio broadcast by an Admiral Drake, who is exploring Antarctica, and they are surprised. The admiral has actually answered a letter from Mr. Popper! He promises Mr. Popper a surprise in the mail.
Mr. Popper’s surprise comes in a big package – it’s a penguin named "Captain Cook" who sleeps in the family’s freezer. Captain Cook is very playful, if not a little weird (he ate the Popper family's goldfish when he first arrived).Through a series of comical events, Mr. Popper ends up with 12 penguins, and decides to train the penguins to perform in order to help pay for their upkeep.
Soon, "Popper's Performing Penguins" are featured across the country. But in the theater in New York, the penguins cause trouble; what's worse, they've accidentally shown up at the wrong theater! The manager of the wrong theater is extremely angry and has Mr. Popper arrested, along with his 12 performing penguins.
Admiral Drake comes to the rescue, bailing Mr. Popper out of jail. After speaking with Admiral Drake, Mr. Popper decides that show business is no life for a penguin. Drake takes the 12 penguins with him on his expedition to the North Pole, where they will be released into the Arctic.
The Poppers are sad to see the penguins go, especially Mr. Popper himself – that is, until Admiral Drake invites Mr. Popper to accompany him on the trip. The Poppers wave goodbye as Mr. Popper and his penguins sail away toward the North Pole.