Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical – An educational program for Elementary School Students – April 2016




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The Ivoryton Playhouse will premiere Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical for schools in Middlesex County.

Based on the historical events of the Little Rock Nine, Polkadots tells the story of Lily Polkadot just as she has relocated to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot to attend the school, Lily is faced with the distaste of Penelope Square and the realization that she will have to drink from a new “polkadot pump” instead of the “square sprinkler.” But the courageous Lily finds her way to acceptance with the help of her new friend, Sky Square.

Polkadots is interlaced with rollicking original songs, including “First Day”, “Sticks and Stones”, “One Pal”, “Beautiful” and “The First”.  Add in colorful costumes and superb cast and this musical comes to life and captures the hearts of children while teaching them the importance of treating each other with dignity and respect.
11698794_409825679208658_2840587928840970198_nBroadway actor Douglas Lyons teamed up with Greg Borowsky, Salina Giardino and Melvin Tunstall II to reimagine the story of the Little Rock Nine, the African-American students involved in the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Mr. Lyons, who grew up in New Haven, currently performs in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway.

“The storyboard for “Polkadots” began as a history lesson with African-American and white racial tension, but as we wrote it, through the process we realized it’s about more than race; it’s about how to deal with bullies, how to embrace yourself and that extra layer,” said Mr. Lyons. “It’s about a motivation of the spirit.”

There will be eight shows for schools on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Performances for the general public are Monday, April 11 at 7pm and Saturday, April 16, at 11am and 2 pm. Tickets for all ages are $15 and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.)

Ages/Grades of Target Audience:  Geared toward 3rd, 4th and 5th grade elementary school students, ages 8-11. Appropriate for younger ages as well.

PLEASE NOTE: 3rd and 4th grade students from the following schools will take in our educational program, which will include attending Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical with their school.

Region 4 – Chester, Essex and Deep River elementary schools
Clinton – Joel Elementary School and Abraham Pierson School (includes 5th grade)
Middletown – Farm Hill, Lawrence, Macdonough and  Moody elementary schools
Portland – Gildersleeve School

Funding for this program provided by:  Marc Blakeman, The Bauman Family Foundation and Thomas J. Atkins Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, and Essex Community Fund.

CFMClogo_LargeWFunded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s Council of Business Partners Fund as part of its ongoing Campaign for Bully-Free Communities


For more information or if you would like to book this program for your school, please call Donna Bowden at 860.767.9520 x 201



Conceiver/Co-Composer/Lyricist – Douglas Lyons

Book:  Melvin Tunstall III

Co Composer:  Greg Borowsky

12507100_459235560934336_1305096553773999305_nDirector/Choreographer:  Christine O’Grady

Music Supervisor:  Madeline Smith

Music Director:  Ted Arthur

Orchestrations:  Ethan D. Pakchar

Illustration:  Salina Giardino

Production Manager:  Aaron Salley

Costume Design:  Kristina Sneshkoff

Make-up Design:  Joe Dulude

Wig Design:  Bobbie Zlotnik

Lighting Design: Tate Burmeister

Set Design: Dan Nischan



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