Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Event Slides Per Node 1415

  • Six actors strike poses and make hand gestures while dressed in stylized insect costumes.
  • Actors dressed in costumes depicting a fly, a worm, and a spider sing in unison.
  • Actors dressed in costumes depicting a fly, beetle, butterfly, spider, worm, and bee hold a sign announcing Mrs. McBee’s first-grade class.

Dallas Children's Theater
Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Adapted from the Diary of a Worm series by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss, © 2011 Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss
By special arrangement with Pippin Properties, Inc., and Gurman Agency LLC

4:00 pm Sunday, November 11, 2018

This coolest-ever rock-and-roll romp of three unlikely friends captures the droll humor and whimsy of the picture book series written by Penn State alumna Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss. Insects rule in the diaries of unlikely best friends Worm, Spider, and Fly. Worm eats his homework, Fly believes she has superpowers, and Spider can’t wait to grow up and molt.

Promoting eco-consciousness, earth science, and tolerance of others, Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly—with book, music, and lyrics by Joan Cushing—is a joyful and hip musical exploration of the world outside. Audience members might just find that a bug’s life is not all that different from their own.

“The raucous, joyous show rapping spiritedly at Dallas Children’s Theater offers an intoxicating mix of educational and entertainment fare …,” writes a Dallas Morning News reviewer. “It’s a memorable biology lesson and uplifting message for kids seeking their own special role in the world.”

The National Endowment for the Arts designated Dallas Children’s Theater, named by Time as one of the top five children’s theatre companies in the United States, as an American Masterpieces Touring Artist.

Adult $19
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $19

support provided by
McQuaide Blasko Endowment

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Kids Connections

3:00 pm Sunday, November 11, 2018

Eisenhower Auditorium

Kids Connections, which is free for ticket holders and includes a craft-centered, child-friendly activity, takes place one hour before the performance. Due to space and time restrictions, Kids Connections participation is limited.