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Little Engine That Could at The Smith

ArtSmart Educational Theatre presents THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD EARNS HER WHISTLE live on stage, Tuesday February 3 at 10am and 7pm at The Smith Opera House. ArtSmart is sponsored by Lyons National Bank, The City of Geneva and the Delavan Foundation. The Little Engine That Could™ Earns Her Whistle. The Little Blue Engine, against all odds, finds a way to conquer her fears and demonstrate the extraordinary strength of “I think I can!” At the Piney Vale Train Station, the overbearing the Silver Engine keeps things running efficiently and always on time. Silver has no patience for the Little Blue, who – to everyone but dependable old Rusty – seems far too small to pull the Piney Vale Express. Little Blue, not to be discouraged, expresses her desire to see the exciting world outside the train yard in the song “All Aboard!”When Silver forces Rusty to retire, however, Little Blue’s dreams start to look like they may never be realized. Even her erstwhile “best friend” Little Red, promoted to pull the Piney Vale Express in Rusty’s place, begins to question Little Blue’s resolve.Little Red hurts her wheel and can’t pull the Piney Vale Express after all. Suddenly, everything depends on Little Blue. Rusty’s unflagging encouragement gives her even more confidence, and she tackles her challenging mission in “The Big Journey.” At the show’s joyful conclusion, Little Blue completes the route successfully and can finally say “I thought I could!”The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle features a dynamic, Broadway-style score and colorful, inventive sets and costumes. The production was adapted and directed by ArtsPower’s artistic director Greg Gunning; Greg also wrote the lyrics, while Richard DeRosa created and orchestrated the musical score.Mark Blackman and Gary Blackman founded ArtsPower in 1985 and have been steering its course ever since. ArtsPower has grown into one of America’s premiere producers of professional theatre for young and family audiences. Its 27 professional touring musicals and dramas have been seen by 12 million people in 48 states – from Alaska to Florida – in hundreds of the nation’s top cultural centers, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and Lincoln Center in New York. “For many children, The Little Engine That Could™ Earns Her Whistle may be the first live performing arts show they see,” says Smith Opera House executive director Kelly Bradley “Our goal is not only to teach them valuable lessons about self-reliance, but also to foster in them a genuine love of theatre.”Make the 7pm performance a LIVE bed time story! Blankets, stuffed animals and pajamas are encouraged. The evening performance include a questions and answer session after with the actors and crew. Study guides are available upon request to complement the theatre learning experience. Next in the ArtSmart Educational Theater series is Harold and the Purple Crayon on March, 27 and Dog Loves Books on April 23, 2015. All seats are $5.50. To purchase tickets or to make reservations for groups of 25 or more, please contact Jessica Allen at 315-781-5483.The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. Box Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm Phone: 315-781-5483. Email: boxoffice@thesmith.org For event listing and more information about The Smith and The Smith Center For The Arts, visit our website the smith.org

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