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

Event Slides Per Node 1415

  • 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

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, takes place one hour before the performance. 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.