Playtime Poppy Presents – Pippi Longstocking

Apr 21st - 2:00 pm

2205 Forest Drive SE Cedar Rapids

Adapted for the stage by Thomas W. Olson

Based on the book by Astrid Lindgren

Music by Roberta Carlson

Produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences 

On the outskirts of town stands a ramshackle house… there’s a horse on the porch, a monkey in the kitchen and a freckle faced, red-pigtailed, whirlwind of a girl in mismatched stockings presiding over all! This is the domain of Pippi Longstocking!

Pippi is outrageously unsupervised and proud of it. She has what she needs to get by, and if she doesn’t she’ll make something up that will do the trick. Her father is a pirate captain off sailing the seas. Her mother is an angel watching over her from heaven. And neither Mrs. Prysselius, head of the Child Welfare Board, nor Thunder and Bloom, a couple of ne’erdo- wells who try to abscond with the gold in her pirate treasure chest can get the best of her. Neither can the policemen who try to make her go to school, or the school teacher she meets once she goes. (She decides to give school a try once she learns from her neighbors and new very-best friends, Tommy and Annika, that if you go to school, you get a summer vacation.) In fact, the adults who come in contact with her often are the ones who learn from the encounter. She teaches the burglars in her house a lesson in manners when they use the word, “damn,” (language no well behaved person should use), and she conducts a real-world mathematics lesson at school until even the teacher enjoys the romp.

But it’s not that she’s unteachable. Pippi swallows her fears of not knowing any of the rules of etiquette and goes to a fancy party. She cares so much more than she’s willing to admit, and she learns a hard lesson that even fun can go too far, and sometimes what starts out as play can end up just plain disrespectful. She simply doesn’t fit, and it’s hard to imagine Pippi fitting in anywhere – unless you meet her, and then you can’t imagine life without her.

Sponsored by our friends at Puddle Jumpers & Rain

with season sponsor Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust and media sponsor KDAT

Thursday, April 19 at 5:00pm

Friday, April 20 at 5:00pm*

Friday, April 20 at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 21 at 11:00am*

Saturday, April 21 at 2:00pm

* ASL interpretation


$4 (ages 1-99) or

Poppy Punch Pass ($35 for 10 punches – each a $4 value).

Poppy Punch Passes may be purchased on our website or at the box office.

Tickets are available 45 minutes prior to the performance.

Auditorium doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Playtime Poppy performances are typically one hour in length.

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