“…strikes magic in the hearts of all children.”
- Book Trends
“…a fantasy in which dragons really exist for a little while…”
-School Library Journal Review
The University Theatre at WMU, in collaboration with Education for the Arts (EFA), is honored to present the world premiere of Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. The story, originally a children’s book by Bruce Coville, has been adapted for the stage by the WMU Department of Theatre and features sophisticated puppetry that will inspire the imagination.
The story follows Jeremy Thatcher, who is struggling to survive bullies, crushes, and sixth grade art class, when he stumbles into a very strange magic shop. He buys a dragon’s egg and later learns that he is responsible for hatching it! While raising a dragon, Jeremy learns to believe in magic, true friendship, and the power of love.
The production, adapted by Kalamazoo playwright and EFA teaching artist Tucker Rafferty, will feature amazing puppetry and digital projection effects. WMU theatre students have been working with South African guest artist in residence Jason Potgetier, who is serving as Puppet Director for the production. The company of puppeteers are breathing life in to a dragon in four life stages and several other animals to help tell the story of this unlikely friendship.
COME PLAY WITH US ONE HOUR BEFORE THE SHOW FOR FREE CRAFTS, PUPPETRY, AND FACE PAINTING!
March 10: 7:30p.m.
March 11: 1:00p.m. - Sensory Friendly Performance for Families with Special Needs - Click here for details.
March 11: 4:00p.m.
March 12: 2:00p.m.
March 17: 7:30p.m.
March 18: 1:00p.m. & 4:00p.m.
March 19: 2:00p.m.