Cedar Valley Community Theatre presents “Elephant and Piggie: We Are in a Play”Cedar Valley Community Theatre will present Mo Willems’ “Elephant and Piggie: We Are in a Play” by at the True Life Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. In addition, the theater group will put on five productions in elementary schools for students only during the week of September 26–30.

The Elephant and Piggie book series, authored by Willems, debuted in 2007. The series features two friends — an elephant, Gerald, and a pig, Piggie — and follows them through their friendship and adventures. Piggie is an optimistic pig, and Gerald is a cautious and pessimistic elephant. Directed by Cassie Walker, this production features Zach West as Elephant, Noel Perry as Piggie, and Melissa Leavitt, Katelynd Adams, and Kim Sanders as the Squirrels.

Willems is a New York Times No. 1 best-selling author and illustrator who started his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards for his writing before writing and illustrating picture books. Willems has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions: for “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!,” “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale,” and “Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity.” His Elephant & Piggie early-reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009.

The True life Center is located at 2111 North Main Street in Cedar City. Tickets are $5. More information about Cedar Valley Community Theatre is available at cedartheatre.org.

The Cedar Valley Community Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in January 2012. The theater was organized to bring together students, children, adults, and people from a variety of backgrounds in the Cedar City area and to provide a vibrant theater culture for all community members throughout the year. The theater produces two musicals each year in the beautiful Heritage Center Theater. Open auditions are held for each show, and all community members are welcome to audition regardless of prior experience. The team is composed of volunteers working behind the scenes to make ongoing community theater a reality for Cedar City. Ticket prices are kept low and are comparable to movie tickets so that shows are affordable and accessible to all.

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