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Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

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  • In an illustrated title slide, a girl in pigtails drags her toy monkey behind her while running through grass.
  • An actress clutching a stuffed monkey portrays a young Jane dressed in a schoolgirl skirt, blouse, and cardigan.
  • An actress in a schoolgirl uniform smiles while she speaks with three people dressed in matching overalls, work gloves, and caps.

The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour Presents
Me ... Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall
Based on the book Me ... Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Adapted and Written by Patrick McDonnell, Andy Mitton, and Aaron Posner
Co-Arranged and Music Direction by William Yanesh
Choreographed by Christopher d'Amboise
Directed by Aaron Posner

4:00 pm Sunday, February 10, 2019

Before she became a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Accompanied by Jubilee, Goodall went on outdoor adventures and observed the miracles of nature. As she learned from her expeditions, young Jane dreamed of spending the rest of her life living with and helping animals in Africa. Later, she would do just that.

Me … Jane, based on a Caldecott Honor Book by Patrick McDonnell, is the true story of the young Goodall, who as an adult scientist has spent more than half a century studying the social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees. This musical production—adapted by Andy Mitton, Aaron Posner, and McDonnell—shares how Goodall believed in herself, lived her dreams, and made a difference in the world.

“The idea of bringing Me … Jane to the stage is very exciting,” Goodall says. “I love the book and I am sure that the live action will inspire children of all ages to pursue their dreams and to realize that if Jane did it, they can do it, too.”

Since 1992, Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour has been a leader in bringing imaginative and original works to communities around the United States. The program has mounted more than forty tours that have reached two million-plus people in forty-nine states and parts of Canada.

The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour is represented by Shaw Entertainment Group, LLC.

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

support provided by
McQuaide Blasko Endowment

Secondary Events on Each Event

A Very GOODall Storytime!

1:00 pm Saturday, January 12, 2019

Tyrone-Snyder Public Library
1000 Pennsylvania Ave., Tyrone

Free and open to the public

Before she became a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Join us for a story hour presented by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State with support provided by Steven L. Herb and Sara Willoughby-Herb. After learning about the young Goodall and how she followed her dreams, families will have the opportunity to create art books inspired by observations of their favorite animals.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are not required.

Attendees will have a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to see The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour presentation of Me … Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 10, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

A Very GOODall Storytime!

11:00 am Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Annie Halenbake Ross Library
232 W. Main St., Lock Haven

Free and open to the public

Before she became a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Join us for a story hour presented by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State with support provided by Steven L. Herb and Sara Willoughby-Herb. After learning about the young Goodall and how she followed her dreams, families will have the opportunity to create art books inspired by observations of their favorite animals.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are not required for this event.

Attendees will have a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to see The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour presentation of Me … Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 10, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Kids Connections

3:00 pm Sunday, February 10, 2019

Eisenhower Auditorium

Kids Connections, which is free for ticket holders and includes a craft-centered, child-friendly activity provided by Penn State’s Matson Museum of Anthropology, takes place one hour before the show. Due to space and time restrictions, Kids Connections participation is limited.

Audio Description

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Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance of the performance. Phone 814-238-0132 to reserve this service.