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July 7, 2005

Contact: Contact: Mike Emery
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Leave it to the creative minds at the University of Houston’s Children’s Theatre Festival (CTF) to put another unique spin on a classic story.

When CTF’s original adaptation of “Peter and the Wolf” premieres on Wednesday, July 13, audiences will be treated to two versions of Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless musical composition and tale.

The first half of the performance remains faithful to Prokofiev’s production with music and narration telling the story of a boy and his animal friends hunting a menacing wolf. Then, the second part of the performance transplants the setting to a modern day playground where Peter and his buddies confront a neighborhood bully.

“Prokofiev's music is brilliant and the characters are wonderful,” said Brian Byrnes, associate professor of theater and the play’s writer and director. “‘Peter and the Wolf’ is great storytelling that continues to inspire children and parents alike."

The final two performances will feature performers from Illuminations…Theatre with the Deaf, who will act as shadows for the actors and interpret the play for hearing impaired audience members.

Sidney Berger, director of UH’s School of Theatre, and Bren Dubay founded CTF in 1978. Each year, more than 25,000 theater-goers delight in these colorful productions that feature professional casts and crews.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for children 14 and under. For more information about the Children’s Theatre Festival, visit or call (713) 743-2929.

WHAT: Children’s Theatre Festival: “Peter and the Wolf”

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13;
10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14;
10:30 a.m. Friday, July 15;
2 p.m. Sunday, July 17;
10:30 a.m. Monday, July 18;
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 19;
10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 20;
10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, July 21;
10:30 a.m. Friday, July 22;
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 26;
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27;
10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28;
10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, July 29;
2 p.m. Sunday, July 31

WHERE: Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre
University of Houston - Entrance 16
Houston, TX 77204-5017
WHO: The University of Houston’s School of Theatre

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