Children’s show features ‘Stinky Cheese Man’

Published 12:31 am Thursday, October 20, 2011

On Sept. 7, the front-page headline of the Washington Daily News read, “What is that SMELL?” It’s a little over a month later, and the folks at the Turnage Theater and East Carolina University’s School of Theatre and Dance are still talking about smells. This time, however, we’ve something fun to show for it.

At the Turnage Theater at 2 p.m. Saturday, the School of Theatre and Dance’s Storybook Theatre troupe will present “The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fair(l)y (stoopid) Tales” by Kent Stephens, music by Gary Rue and based on the Caldecott Honor award-winning book by Jon Scieszka.  This is a show for all ages, whether you are 3 or 103.

If you are unfamiliar with “Stinky Cheese Man,” it will not be an issue, as this whimsical production stands alone as an exciting event for all. This ever-so-popular book shakes up the traditional fairy-tale characters into a single, (semi) coherent story you’ll love.

Most of us have grown up with the stories of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, the Little Red Hen and the Gingerbread Man. Well, in “The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fair(l)y (stoopid) Tales,” these characters wind up in unpredictable, hilarious and exciting moments of mixed up stories and songs. Experience character mash-ups like Cinderumplestiltskin, as well as old characters showing up in whole new ways.

So, come out this Saturday to see Foxy Loxy, Little Red Hen, Jack, Cinderella’s stepsister and stepmother, a princess, a gang of gnomes, a chorus of frogs and, of course, … Gingerbread Man’s odiferous cousin, the Stinky Cheese Man. Not only can you expect the usual high level of talent from our ECU student cast, but also be ready to enjoy Janet Cox’s exciting choreography and Tyler Griffin’s excellent musical direction. Make a real event of it and come dressed as your favorite fairy-tale character, then stay after the production for a fun — and free — hour-long drama workshop for children in the theater lobby.

As the giant in the show says, “Ha! Good! Good show!” So, don’t miss out on this great opportunity for you and your family.

Tickets are available at the Turnage Theater box office (252-975-1191; at 150 W. Main St. Tickets are $12 each for adults and $5 each for children up to 12. Seating is reserved, so order your tickets quickly.

Patch Clark, a Washington resident, is director of the Storybook Theatre troupe, a division of East Carolina University’s School of Theatre and Dance.