Bay Area Children’s Theatre presents world premiere musical starring everybody’s favorite Little Llama
About the show:
“Llama Llama Red Pajama Live!”, a new musical by Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT) inspired by the bestselling Llama, Llama Red Pajama series of picture books by the late Anna Dewdney, is touring 40 theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Families can join in the fun when Llama bursts into his bedroom looking frantically for his favorite red pajamas. Mama, hearing the commotion, comes upstairs with Llama’s pajamas in the laundry basket to ask about his day—his very first day at school—and put him to bed. But when she goes downstairs to do the million things that busy mothers have to do at the end of the day, Llama is too wiggly to fall asleep, and besides, he’s thirsty. He howls for Mama to come back up, but she doesn’t arrive. Will she ever return?
“What’s amazing about the Llama Llama books,” said Director, “is that they are telling a story about a normal child who is going through scary moments about growing up and has to learn how to take care of himself in the simplest ways to feel safe, comfortable and become a little bit more independent. What we’re doing with this musical is to bring to life some of those situations, as Llama learns that, if he’s a bit anxious, he can calm down and not have a total mental breakdown at this very moment. Llama is already living in an imaginary world, but sometimes that scary shadow is just an old towel and a baseball bat left on the floor. We’re just helping him deal with the choices he has made.”
Award-winning playwright-composer-lyricist Austin Zumbro (“Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site the Musical”) has written a panoply of clever tunes in a variety of styles to create a fun-filled, contemporary musical that expresses the imagination of childhood for both children and adults to enjoy, including a song about the history of sleepwear through the ages.
Families are invited come to this original, world-premiere musical ready to do the Bedtime Dance! Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Austin Zumbro, Playwright, Composer, Lyricist
Austin is an award-winning playwright and composer, born and raised in the Bay Area. His musicals for Bay Area Children's Theatre's main stage include “Press Here, the Musical,” “Beautiful Oops!,” Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site the Musical”, “Fly Guy the Musical,” “The Day the Crayons Quit, the Musical,” and many others. A graduate of Stanford University, he has been on staff with Bay Area Children's Theatre since 2009.
Bay Area Children's Theatre:
Bay Area Children’s Theatre is the premiere theatre company for young audiences in California, serving more than 125,000 children and adults each year with professional productions, a theatre education program, and outreach to schools in underserved communities.