'Harold and the Purple Crayon' comes to the stage Oct. 4

September 16, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- "The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon," based on a series of popular picture books by Crockett Johnson, comes to the stage in a production by Philadelphia’s Enchantment Theatre Company at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, in Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium.


The theater ensemble, which has toured throughout the United States and Asia, uses life-sized puppets, masks, magic and music to dramatize stories that have captivated youngsters for more than 50 years.


Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $18 for an adult, $8 for a University Park student and $13 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at http://www.cpa.psu.edu or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Tickets Downtown (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.


The show follows the journeys of an inventive young boy. Refusing to be bound by the reality at hand, the resourceful lad uses his imagination and a big purple crayon to conjure the worlds he longs to explore. The original adaptation takes audiences on a wild ride as Harold jets to Mars, joins a circus and meets a king in an enchanted garden complete with a dragon.


McQuaide Blasko Attorneys at Law underwrites matinees for kids. FROGGY 98 is the media sponsor. Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders.


Kids Connections, which takes place one hour before the show, is free for ticket holders and includes a craft-centered, child-friendly activity for young audience members. Due to space and time restrictions, seating for Kids Connections is limited.

Last Updated September 17, 2009