Green Series (ages 4 and up)
copyright © 2018 by P. Haines-Ainsworth & Terence Alaric Levitt
published by Winking Kat Books
Balfour and The Magic Hat is an original musical for ages 3 and up. It was created in cooperation with the Shapiro Foundation for Anti-Racist Education.
In our story, Balfour wants to see the world and go on a journey. His Grandmother makes a special hat for him to wear. It's special because he can twist it, button it, or pull it into all kinds of different shapes. On his journey, Balfour travels to a small island. The people on the island live in three different groups on three different parts of the island. The people in each group are afraid to talk anyone from another group. They know someone belongs to a different group because each group wear a special kind of hat. Innocently, Balfour changes his magic hat to fit the weather and surroundings on the different parts of the island he visits. As he travels across the island the shape of his magic hat coincidentally matches the hats belonging to the different groups. Because his hat looks like theirs, the island people aren't afraid to talk with him and he makes friends with people from each group. As he talks with his new friends on the island, Balfour finds they all have a lot in common in spite of the strange ideas they have about the people who don't belong to their group. He finally gets his new friends to meet and talk with each other. The meeting is not going well, when suddenly something happens to Balfour's magic hat that makes the islanders come together to help Balfour.
Book and lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth with music by Terence Alaric Levitt.
Cast: Jennifer Makenas, Adrian Cerrato, Tristan Carruthers, Danny Miller, Patricia Haines-Ainsworth.
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