Wild Swan Theater Presents: American Short & Tall Tales

On Friday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m. celebrate our country’s rich folklore through humor, stories, and music. This humorous production for children of all ages is from America's early days, which reflect the wit and wisdom of the diverse pioneers who settled this country. The first "tall tale" is from the banks of the Mississippi River, When Bad Man Mike Fink Met Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. There is an alligator, a bee hive for a bonnet and plenty of teeth rattling in this funny tale full of shenanigans and trickery.

Moving from the Mississippi River to the southwest in the second tall tale, audiences meet an old woman named Tia Miseria or Aunt Misery, who has an unusual problem: She can't keep boys from climbing her beloved pear tree. One day her kindness to a disguised stranger brings special powers to her, and suddenly those boys face the funny consequences.

The third tall tale called Why Lapin's Ears Are Long, is a delightful Creole story from Louisiana. Compere Lapin or Brother Rabbit, longs to be big like a bear or an alligator so he goes to a snapping turtle for help. A wild goose chase, plenty of tricks and "gris gris" spells that may transform Lapin into...what? Lapin, and the audience, are in for a big surprise at the end of this tall tale.

Refreshments will be served following the performance.


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