For the past several years, Pima Community College has opened its theater season with a play geared toward children.
This year, it’s “The Trumpet of the Swan,” opening Friday.
Here are four reasons to catch the play:
1. It’s a classic story. The play is based on the book by E.B. White, the same person behind “Charlotte’s Web” and “Stuart Little.”
“It’s taking a wonderful story and narrating it from a child’s point of view,” director Mickey Nugent said of the Joseph Robinette adaptation.
2. The message goes far deeper than feathered friends playing musical instruments. The title of the play sums up the protagonist of the show, but doesn’t describe the heartfelt storyline.
Actors will tell the story of a young swan, Louis, who was born with a disadvantage — he is unable to speak. With a little help from his father, a friend named Sam, and a lot of dedication, Louis learns to express himself through a trumpet.
“I absolutely love the fact that it tells the story of how anyone can conquer their fear and can do whatever they want to do, even if they have a disability,” said Nugent.
3. There are trendy technological aspects. “For a children’s show, we don’t take it lightly. We are adding a lot of technical values,” said Nugent. PCC has added film and video projection, which lends an exciting dimension to help make Louis and his adventures come to life.
4. Adults enjoy it as much as children. The director describes the show as a mixture of heart and comedy. “People will appreciate it because it’s touching, yet humorous,” said Nugent. “It has heart, and I love to do shows that have heart.”
Ashley Reid is a University of Arizona journalism student apprenticing at the Star this semester. Contact her at 573-4128.