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RAPA Family Theatre’s expanded 2018-19 season

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RAPA Family Theatre has announced its 2018-19 lineup, including two summer shows. - PHOTO COURTESY SAMPER IMAGES
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  • RAPA Family Theatre has announced its 2018-19 lineup, including two summer shows.

It’s never too early for a young person to learn the phrase “you do you.” RAPA Family Theatre’s coming 2018-19 season thematically focuses on wit, adventure, and embracing your uniqueness.

The season kicks off this fall with Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (October 13-21), an ever-timely tale about the blind vanity of certain brands of leadership — and how some clever citizens can flip that to their benefit. Next up is “Mr. Popper’s Penguins: The Musical” (December 8-31), about a painter-penguin struggling to support his growing family when a stroke of genius strikes: turn the whole fam into a traveling musical act, à la The Partridge Family or The Jackson 5.

A reporter tries to solve one of America’s most enduring mysteries in “Amelia Earhart” (February 1-10, 2019), which takes audiences through the events leading up to the disappearance of the intrepid adventurer. The regional premiere of “The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and His Friends” (March 16-24, 2019) brings Victorian England to the stage as it interweaves the life of children’s author Beatrix Potter and five of her beloved tales: “Peter Rabbit,” “The Tailor of Gloucester,” “Two Bad Mice,” “Mr. Jeremy Fisher,” and “Jemima Puddle-Duck.” And closing the season is “HONK! The Musical” (May 4-9, 2019), a retelling of the classic “Ugly Duckling” story about being different and discovering that’s not such a bad thing.

RAPA will also offer two summer 2018 productions: “The Frog Prince” (July 14-29), the classic tale of a curse that challenges the characters to see beyond the surface; and “Charlotte’s Web” (July 29-August 19), which returns to RAPA for the third year.

All performances run about one hour in length plus a short intermission. And kids can meet and get photos with the cast after each performance. Both summer shows and all five 2018-19 productions will feature a sensory-friendly performance developed by RAPA and Monroe Boces-2.

Season tickets are now on sale (254-0073; rapatheatre.org) as a flexible package for the five-production series. Audience members can select their favorite three, four, or all five shows and receive a 20% discount. Single tickets ($20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors, and $10 for kids age 12 and younger) will go on sale June 15. All shows take place in the newly renovated Studio Theatre at the Kodak Center at 200 West Ridge Road.

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