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
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.
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