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In an effort to provide quality, family entertainment and to compliment the grade level performances provided by The Lancaster School District, Lancaster County First Steps Partnership is sponsoring Mr. Popper's Penguins, performed by the Children's Theatre of Charlotte

About Mr. Popper

Mr. Popper spend his time daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands while Mrs. Popper scrimps and saves to put beans on the table. When a spirited penguin arrives on their doorstep, a new horizon (and flock!) opens before them! Come along for an unforgettable adventure in this 1930s-inspired musical based on the classic book.

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In the town of Stillwater, at the end of September 1937, Mr. Popper lives a sensible life as a house painter. He often wishes he had seen the world before settling down—particularly the North and South Poles. As a busy summer season of work ends, Mr. Popper heads home to Mrs. Popper and prepares to spend his off-season reading about the Arctic regions. He even writes to his favorite explorer, Adm. Drake. But he doesn’t expect the answer Adm. Drake sends: a special delivery. With the arrival of a penguin, Capt. Cook, life at the Popper’s will never be the same!

Capt. Cook is big hit in Stillwater. The Poppers take him on walks through the town, and everyone’s excited for this strange creature although no one else seems to know exactly what kind of bird he is except for the Poppers. The Poppers must make some other adjustments for their new guest, including taking all of the food out of the refrigerator to make him more comfortable. The penquin begins making a nest in his new home, using hairpins, yarn and whatever else he can find in the house.

When Capt. Cook starts to get sick from loneliness, the big aquarium in Mammoth City sends its lonely penguin, and now the Poppers have two! Soon Capt. Cook and his new mate, Greta, lay eggs, and 10 new little penguins join the crowd. Complications set in as the Poppers, who don’t have the money for roast beef or ice cream, start buying shrimp for 12 hungry penguins. They also move the furnace and install a freezing unit in the basement. There’s only one solution Mr. Popper can think of to pay the debts they owe: They’ll begin a performing penguin act! So begins the family’s adventures across the country, living in hotels, performing on vaudeville stages and making enough money to pay their debts. But travelling can be exhausting and near the end of their tour, Mr. Popper makes a terrible mistake. He takes them to the wrong theater, and the penguins get into a fight with Sven Svenson and his trained seals. Their fight destroys the theatre and chases away the audience, so the manager has the Poppers taken to jail.

Luckily, as the Popper family languishes in jail, Adm. Drake arrives and rescues them. The family heads for home, but the story isn’t over. Adm. Drake offers to take the penguins to the North Pole to start a new colony there, and invites Mr. Popper to accompany them. But Mr. Greenbaum, a bigshot movie producer, wants to take the penguins to Hollywood where they’ll become famous. Mr. Popper says he can’t give them to either men, but asks if Adm. Drake will take them to the South Pole instead with the Poppers accompanying them. The admiral agrees when Mr. Greenbaum offers to film the journey as a documentary to finance his next expedition. The story ends with the Poppers saying goodbye to the penguins when they arrive at the South Pole. They promise to continue being family, even though they’re far apart.

About The Children's Theatre of Charlotte

The mission of the Children's Theatre of Charlotte is to create theatre experiences, inspiring generations to explore the wonder of their world.

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte has grown to become one of the top theatre and education organizations for young people in the United States. Nationally recognized for the breadth and strength of its programs, Children's Theatre of Charlotte provides more than 250,000 experiences for children and families a year with technically imaginative productions and wide-ranging education programs for young people.

Each year we mount professional productions for children and families, with the curtain rising more than 600 times during a season – that’s more than any other theatre company in the state. The Charlotte Observer’s theatre critic called Children’s Theatre of Charlotte “the city’s leading professional troupe,” and each season our actors, designers and directors receive numerous awards for their work on the stage. Another critic called our work “the most technically imaginative and resourceful theatre productions in the region.” It’s Broadway caliber theatre, the best in the region.


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