Date(s) - 01/13/2018 - 01/21/2018
Jewish Community Center of Rochester
TYKEs (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy) is among the first theaters in the nation to mount a production of the new show Fly Guy: The Musical, based on the New York Times bestselling series of books by Tedd Arnold about the escapades of a boy named Buzz and his hilariously non-traditional pet fly.
Fly Guy: The Musical runs for two weekends only at the Hart Theater at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Avenue in Brighton. Show dates are:
Saturday, January 13 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday, January 14 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, January 20 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday, January 21 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $16, JCC members pay $15. Group and subscriber discounts are available. Call 585-461-2000 or order on-line at www.TykesTheatre.org.
The musical is a clever combination of several of Arnold’s Fly Guy books including Hi! Fly Guy, Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl and Fly Guy vs. the Flyswatter. Arnold is a two-time winner of the ALA’s (American Library Association) Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for Hi! Fly Guy and more recently, I Spy Fly Guy. Author and illustrator of over 60 books, Arnold’s first book ever, No Jumping on the Bed!, became an ILA-CBC (International Literacy Association-Children’s Book Council) Children’s Choice book. Parts, another one of Arnold’s children’s stories, was named one of Parents Magazine’s 50 all-time best children’s books.
Tedd Arnold is something of a local celebrity, currently residing in his birthplace of Elmira, New York. “We’re hoping he’ll make the two-hour drive to see our show – we’ve invited him to watch his characters come alive on our stage at TYKEs,” explains TYKEs’ director and founder Freyda Schneider. “The show is just as fun and exuberant as you’d expect from the Fly Guy series – with its lovable characters and energetic, clever plots. The lively, very fast-paced original score by Austin Zumbro is dazzling and so unique – kids and parents will be buzzing.”
In the show, Buzz and his pet fly embark on a madcap adventure from the school bus to a crazy flyswatter factory field trip to the much-awaited Amazing Pet Contest, accompanied by a host of hilarious characters including Roz the lunch lady, Fly Girl and her owner Liz, and even [spoiler-alert:] the Super Swatter 6000 robot-turned-waffle-maker.
Fly Guy: The Musical is recommended for children ages 4 and up. School-time shows sold out in a matter of days, so TYKEs encourages theatre-goers to purchase tickets early as they expect the shows to sell out quickly.
Continuing TYKEs’ 14th season will be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from February 5 to 10, and Madagascar – A Musical Adventure, based on the Dreamworks motion picture, from April 7 to 15. Subscriptions are available.
TYKEs consistently ranks as the #1 Children’s Theatre Company in Rochester by KidsOutandAbout.com, and one of the top places in all of Rochester to bring kids. TYKEs also received the Family Favorite award for Best Children’s Theatre Performances by Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine (now ROC Parent).
TYKEs is a non-profit theatre program of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, created to captivate children and their families with best-loved bedtime stories, fairy tales and literature brought alive on stage by adult, professional actors. TYKEs inspires an appreciation of the arts, fosters an awareness of literature, and promotes communications and social interaction skills while teaching important life lessons. TYKEs strives to make its performances accessible to all children regardless of their ability to pay, providing complimentary tickets over the years to many organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, CP Rochester, Head Start, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and many more. TYKEs was voted number one children’s theatre and one of the top 20 greatest places to bring kids in all of Rochester for the seventh consecutive year (KidsOutAndAbout.com) and the Family Favorite for Best Children’s Theatre Performances (Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine).