I don’t know about you, but just seeing the cover of The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales, transports me back to elementary school giggles. See Northwest Children’s Theater bring the Caldecott Honor book by Jon Scieska and Lane Smith to life in their beautiful new space, The Judy.

Courtesy of NWCT, poster art by Lea Zawada.

If you’re not familiar, the book and live theater adaptation by John Glore add a healthy dose of absurdity and silliness to classic fairy tales. The frog doesn’t turn into a prince when kissed (he was “just kidding”), characters run, run, as fast as they can away from the Stinky Cheese Man, and Chicken Licken’s doomsday predictions are a little more accurate than Chicken Little’s.

NWCT alumni make up the cast and crew of this spectacular show, including Derek R. Herman, who traveled all the way from New York City to direct the production. A recent graduate of NYU’s Theater Education masters program, Herman says, “My experience at NWCT is at the core of everything I do… my dream has always been to return to NWCT at some point in my life.” This loyalty is a testament to the excellent experience student actors have at NWCT. Check out their classes and camps options here.

Credit: David Kinder

The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales is recommended for ages 5 and up. The run is short — only three weekends — so don’t wait to get tickets to this show that will have the whole family chuckling.

If you think your child would love this incredibly stupid show, but you’re afraid the theater environment may be too overwhelming, check out NWCT’s free sensory friendly performance on July 30, perfect for kids on the Autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities.

Don’t miss seeing Cinderella snub Rumpelstiltskin and the Ugly Duckling grow up to be a really ugly duck. Get tickets before they sell out!

The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales
The Judy Kafoury Center for Youth Arts
1000 SW Broadway, Suite T-100 (with attached parking garage!)
Saturdays-Sundays, July 22-August 6, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Tickets $25-$35
Sensory Friendly Show: July 30, 11:00 a.m.
Audio Described Show: August 5, 2:00 p.m.
Get tickets here.

Meg Asby
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