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Dallas Children’s Theater to perform ‘Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly’ Nov. 11 at Eisenhower

Dallas Children’s Theater will perform “Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly”—a musical adaptation of a popular series of illustrated children’s books—at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

This 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.

Purchase tickets, which are $19 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student, and $19 for a person 18 and younger. A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

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 …,” wrote 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 theater companies in the United States, as an American Masterpieces Touring Artist.

Watch a preview of the show.

The production is presented by special arrangement with Pippin Properties, Inc., and Gurman Agency LLC. McQuaide Blasko Endowment provides support for the presentation at Penn State.

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