Genre: Kids

“One of the nation’s most revered organizations for cross-generational theater” – Philadelphia Weekly


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College opens its Target Storybook Series with Enchantment Theatre Company’s The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, based on the beloved book series by Crockett Johnson, on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2pm. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).


“One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” So begins Harold and the Purple Crayon, the first of seven delightful picture books by Crockett Johnson that follows the zany adventures of an inventive young boy. As it turned out, there wasn’t any moon that night nor was there a path to walk on, so Harold simply drew them. And thus his journey began. Resourceful and brave, Harold created the world he wanted to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s-the-limit imagination. Enchantment Theatre Company’s production will take you on a wild ride as Harold jets to Mars (shooting stars, spaceships!), joins a circus (he walks a tightrope!), and meets a king in an enchanted garden (of course, there’s a dragon).


The “Harold” books have captivated families for more than fifty years, celebrating the imaginations of children and the unique ways they see the world. Enchantment Theatre Company, a Philadelphia-based producer of original theater works for children and families, has adapted this wonderful story for the stage using each element of its signature style, combining life-size puppets, masks, magic, and music. Enchantment’s production will delight anyone whose heart is young and adventurous.


About Enchantment Theatre Company

Founded in 1979 by Jennifer Blatchley Smith and Landis Smith, and expanded to an artistic partnership with Resident Director Leslie Reidel in 1995, Enchantment Theatre Company has toured its original productions all over the world. It has performed at Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The Company has toured in the Far East six times, performing in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. The Company has also appeared with major orchestras nationwide, including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Delaware, Houston, Minnesota, Cleveland, and Seattle orchestras, and with the Boston Pops on the PBS Christmas at the Pops television special, which aired nationally for five years. Past productions include original adaptations of Beauty and the Beast, The Firebird, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, and The Velveteen Rabbit.


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ presentation of Enchantment Theatre Company’s The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon is sponsored by Target.


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2 train to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

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Box Office: 718-951-4500, Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm


About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough. In recognition of its commitment to quality family programming, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has been recognized as both Brooklyn’s Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids and Brooklyn’s Best Place for Family Bonding by ParentsConnect Parents’ Picks Awards. In 2014-15, Brooklyn Center celebrates its 60th Anniversary Season of presenting world-class performances on the Brooklyn College campus.


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Brooklyn Center’s 60th Anniversary Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Major support for the 2014-15 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Target, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, Macy’s, the Herman Goldman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, WFUV, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 60th Anniversary Season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assembly members Rhoda Jacobs, Alan Maisel, Félix Ortiz, Annette Robinson, and Helene Weinstein, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.

Open:   03/29/15
Close:   03/29/15

Theater:   Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Address:   Whitman Theater, 2900 Campus Road
Brooklyn, Ne 11210
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