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

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  • A man and woman each wrap their arms around stuffed penguins and look at the camera while another couple watch from behind.
  • A woman stands next to a stuffed penguin and watches her male counterpart recite lines.
  • A man stands and holds a wooden box while another man crouches next to a stuffed penguin.
  • A man stands and looks upward while three people around him position stuffed penguins on his shoulders, arms and head.
  • A man looks to his left at three people in assembly-line position while they paint stuffed penguins.
  • A man wearing a suit jacket gestures to three actors each standing in front of two stuffed penguins.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Based on the book by Richard and Florence Atwater

10:00 am Monday, February 12, 2018
60 minutes


In the town of Stillwater live the pleasant and practical Mr. and Mrs. Popper. Sometimes Mr. Popper dreams of going on adventures. When he writes to his idol Admiral Drake—explorer, circumnavigator of the globe, and visitor to the South Pole—Mr. Popper receives a surprise package. It’s a bunch of boisterous penguins! This new musical, based on the classic Newbery Honor Book from 1939, teaches that unexpected strains and creative solutions can make a family, and that dreams can have surprising endings.

PA Academic Standards: 
Arts and Humanities
Science and Technology
Environment and Ecology
Family and Consumer Sciences
Key Learning Areas: 
Creativity and Invention
Interactions Between People and Places
Biological Sciences
Ecosystems and Their Interactions
Stages of the Family
Global Competency
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support provided by
McQuaide Blasko Endowment

Educator Preparation Materials: 

We provide teaching materials that point out subject area connections that follow the Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System/Academic Standards, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Learning Standards for Early Childhood, and the Common Core State Standards. Contact Medora Ebersole at 814‑863‑6752 or mde13@psu.edu to receive these resources.

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Teachers: Experience the chill!

The Center for the Performing Arts is partnering with the Penn State College of Education’s Center for Science and the Schools to offer educators an opportunity for Act 48 credit. A Chilling Experience: Investigating Life in the Arctic and Antarctic—a free one-day workshop on Thursday, January 11, in Eisenhower Auditorium—will help teachers learn about integrated activities for the classroom. Do you like fascinating stories about penguins, polar bears, and other cold-climate-adapted animals? Do you think your students would enjoy investigating the Arctic/Antarctic food web? A Chilling Experience will integrate literature, math, science, technology, and the arts using several activities you can replicate in your classroom. Participants will have a chance to win tickets for a class trip to see a School-Time Matinee presentation at Eisenhower. Register now. For more information, e-mail Ashley Rapsinski or call 814-865-1713.