PRESS RELEASE- Furry Tails with a Twist
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Furry Tails with a Twist at Players Club of Swarthmore
The Players Club of Swarthmore Children’s Series kicks off the summer with an inventive and interactive production of Furry Tails with a Twist.
Follow the adventures of Sam and Alex, two bumbling actors trying desperately to present a few of the world’s most beloved fairy tales. Unfortunately, their script becomes seriously scrambled. In the end, both the actors and the audience learn creative tale-telling through these furry tails … er … fairy tales.
Furry Tails with a Twist is written by Jennifer Hickok DeFratis and directed by Jim Carroll. It stars Donna Dougherty (of Media) and Liz Iannacci (of Morton). Performances take place at Players Club of Swarthmore on the Raymond W. Smith Stage, an intimate, fully air-conditioned, black box theatre. Meet the actors and enjoy cookies and juice in the lobby after every performance.
We caught up with actress, Liz Iannacci for a quick Q&A.
PCS: As an elementary school teacher, how do you connect with Furry Tails?
Liz: As a teacher, this piece is fun to connect to with. Kids love to see shows they know. These are classic stories that kids know and love [Billy Goats Gruff, Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks] but we’re messing up the stories in a silly way. We get them involved a lot so I think they will love it!
PCS: What is one of your most favorite characters to portray in the show?
Liz: I love playing the goat [Billy Goat’s Gruff]. It’s probably the most bizarre moment but it’s so much fun.
PCS: How is working with just one other actor the entire show, the incomparable Donna Dougherty?
Liz: It’s a new learning experience being in a two person show. The learning curve is a nice challenge. Donna is so much fun and we had a chance to work together before. We’re constantly laughing at one another and aren’t afraid to goof around while playing on stage. We’re supportive of one another and that’s crucial in a show like this!
PCS: That’s right! You played Amber and Velma Von Tussle in our Broadway World Award-winning production of Hairspray! For parents who haven’t exposed their children to theater yet, do you think this play would be the right starting point?
Liz: I do! It’s in a black box setting which gets children so close to the action. Since they have to help put the stories back together, it will keep them engaged and thinking. It’s great for parents too. Seeing stories adults loved as kids themselves along with two silly adults messing up those stories, will surely entertain.
Performances: Saturday, June 17 at 11am and 3pm; Sunday, June 18 at 11am; Saturday, June 24 at 3pm and Sunday, June 25 at 11am. Doors open 30 minutes prior to every performance.
Ticket Prices: Adults (ages 12 and over) – $10. Children (ages 3-11) – $8. Children (ages 2 and under) – Free. Buy tickets online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/958414 or at the door on the day of the performance with cash or check. All seats are general admission.
Group Rates/Birthday Parties: Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. The group rate is $9.00 for Adults (13 and older) and $7.00 for Children (3-12 years old). Birthday packages are also available for parents to bring their child’s birthday party to the show. We offer cupcakes and a private meet and greet with the characters. If you have a group coming to one of our performances, or want to spend your child’s birthday with us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Players Club of Swarthmore, an all-volunteer organization now in its 106th season, is located at 614 Fairview Road—just off of Route 320. We’re only minutes from I-95 and Route 476—and the R3 Regional Rail line is within walking distance, at the edge of the Swarthmore College Campus. In addition, buses run up and down Route 320. Our Mainstage is a 300-seat proscenium theatre that is fully accessible for patrons with physical limitations. Our Raymond W. Smith stage is a black box space that can seat up to 80 people, however it is only accessible by stairs. There is plenty of free off-street parking. Visit www.pcstheater.org for more information.
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