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Mr. Popper’s Penguins

February 10th – March 3rd, 2024

Book by Robert Kauzlaric
Music and Lyrics by George Howe
Based on the novel by Richard & Florence Atwater

Directed & Choreographed by Ilyse Robbins
Music Directed by Dan Rodriguez

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Money is tight and times are tough in the town of Stillwater. With no houses to paint till next spring, Mr. Popper is stuck at home daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands, while Mrs. Popper must scrimp and save just to put beans on the table. But with the unexpected arrival of a spirited penguin named Captain Cook, a new horizon opens before them. As a quiet partnership expands into a boisterous flock, the Poppers learn that there’s no problem that can’t be solved with steady determination, lots of love, and a dash of unconventionality.

Recommended for ages 3+
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Run Time: 70 minutes with no intermission

Accessibility Performance Dates:
Feb. 25th, 2024 at 2pm
Feb. 29th, 2023 at 10:30am (Student Matinee)
Mar. 2nd, 2024 at 6:00pm

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Stephanie Charlton
Understudy Mrs. Popper

Alan Cid
Understudy Ensemble

Yasmeen Duncan

Kristian Espiritu*
Mrs. Popper

Russell Garrett*

Lisa Kate Joyce

Michael Mahoney*
Mr. Popper

Todd McNeel

Elias Robles
Understudy Mr. Popper


Jennifer Butler
Prop Designer

Brendan F Doyle
Sound Designer

Janie Howland
Scenic Designer

Bethany Mullins
Costume Designer

Karen Perlow
Lighting Designer

Ilyse Robbins

Dan Rodriguez
Music Director

Carolyn Saxon
Associate Director/Casting Supervisor

Alex Vernon
Puppet Designer


Paige D’Ambrosio
Assistant Stage Manager

Samantha Galvao
Scenic Charge Artist

Shauwna Dias Grillo*
Production Stage Manager

Lindsay Hoisington
Wardrobe Supervisor/Costume Shop Manager

Saskia Martinez
Associate Props Designer/Paint Assistant

Nate Morrissey
A2/Production Assistant

Bekah Rudinec
A1/Audio Engineer

Kira Troilo
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Lawrence Ware
Production Electrician

Coming soon

Scenic Construction:

Scenic Painters:


Special Thanks:


Takiyah Harris
Director of Artistic Sign Language

Cassie Heath
ASL Interpreter

Ember Hope Spera
ASL Interpreter

Alyse Jessica Clinton
Open Caption Formatter

Gamalia Pharms
Primary Audio Describer

Jan Stankus
Pre-Show Description Writer

Kelli Small
ASL Feed Interpreter

Neil Gustafson
Open Captioner


Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a story about a house painter named Mr. Popper who is gifted a penguin from a South Pole explorer. One penguin turns into twelve penguins, and Mr. Popper puts on a stage show with the penguins to help pay for their upkeep. The story is about Mr. Popper’s adventures with the penguins and his love for tales of adventure, particularly about the Poles. The story was adapted into a movie in 2011, starring Jim Carrey as Mr. Popper. (Book Rags)


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