New York Times bestselling author/illustrator, Judy Schachner’s children’s book comes to life on the stage!

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Contact: Lauren Stevenson Yacina • 610.506.1355 • lauren.stevenson@verizon.net

The new musical is performed by the professional actors of Theatreworks USA on Friday, February 20th

The professional actors of Theatreworks USA perform Skippyjon Jones on 2/20, 7:30 pm (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)
The professional actors of Theatreworks USA perform Skippyjon Jones on 2/20, 7:30 pm (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

February 6, 2015, Drexel Hill, PA – Skippyjon Jones, a new musical based on the bestselling book by Swarthmore’s Judy Schachner, will be performed by the professional actors of Theatreworks USA at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 20 at 7:30 PM. The 60-minute musical is recommended for children ages 4 and up.

Tickets are just $7 – $10 and available by calling the Box Office at 610.622.1189 or visiting the Web site at www.udpac.org. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. Parking is free.

Skippyjon is a big-eared Siamese kitten with a vivid imagination and an unusual life goal—to be a chihuahua like his dog friends. Skippyjon’s imagination takes him on adventures, such as becoming a Spanish swordsman named Skippito Friskito, the greatest canine sword fighter in old Mexico! Filled with delightful music and loads of adventure, Skippyjon Jones will have young audience members laughing and singing along!

Author and illustrator Judy Schachner, a resident of Swarthmore, introduced Skippyjon Jones to the world in 2003, and has since been nominated for and won several awards for her children’s books. In 2004, Skippyjon Jones won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award, which honors books that are felt to embody the universal read aloud standards. In 2005, the book won the Ladybug Picture Award, Armadillo Readers’ Choice Award, and the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, and in 2006 won the Colorado Children’s Book Award.

Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of not only providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors, and designers an early opportunity to work in this field. A list of Theatreworks USA alumni reads like a veritable “who’s who” of theatre: director Michael Mayer (American Idiot, Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie); writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane (TV’s “Friends”), Lynn Ahrens and Steven Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island), Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde: The Musical); and actors F. Murray Abraham, Henry Winkler, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson also got their start with Theatreworks USA.

Theatreworks USA is America’s largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961,Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 85 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about three million people annually. Every year, the company tours approximately 16 shows from its ever-growing repertoire of 125 plays and musicals.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.

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