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November 1, 2012

Three Pigs and a ukulele coming to Hatfield Hall

TERRE HAUTE — Hatfield Hall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology continues its Performing Arts Series with two family-friendly shows on Nov. 8 and 9.

‘True Story of the Three Little Pigs’

The venue’s Family Series begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 when the Dallas Children’s Theater presents “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.” Based on the popular children’s book by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith, this play begins where a classical tale left off — the imagined aftermath of the Big Bad Wolf’s crime spree.

Audiences are invited into the courtroom for the trial of Mr. A. Wolf who is accused in the homicide of two of the three little pigs. Could he have been framed by unfair media attention? After all, Mr. Wolf now seems to be really quite cultured and charming. Is he not the blowhard brute we’ve always assumed he was?

Fast-talking independent reporter pig Lillian Magill claims nobody has ever heard the Wolf’s side of the story, and she is hungry for the truth.

The Honorable Prudence Pig, a tough as nails judge with a weakness for musical theater, presides over the case.

A sharp, smooth-talking lawyer pig named Julia is the prosecuting attorney, and she always gets her way.

In the end, the audience plays a key role in deciding the guilt or innocence of the suspect formerly known as the Big Bad Wolf.

Dallas Children’s Theater was founded in 1984 as a forum for artistic collaboration, educational resource and enrichment for the greater Dallas community. Now celebrating its 28th season, the theater began a local touring program in 1985, expanding into a national touring program in 1996.

Recognized by Time magazine as one of the top five children’s theater companies in the United States, and the only one of that group to tour nationally, Dallas Children’s Theater travels coast to coast with professional large-scale productions designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind and promote education.

Jake Shimabukuro: Four strings never sounded so good

At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 Hatfield Hall’s Mainstage Series continues with ukulele sensation Jake Shimabukuro.

Forget the images of Don Ho and Tiny Tim that thoughts of this instrument may conjure. Shimabukuro is taking the ukulele well beyond the tiny bubbles and tulip tip-toes of yore. In the process, he has wowed audiences from Conan O’Brien to the Queen of England with offerings like Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” alongside Bach and Hawaiian folk tunes.

himaburkuro first won acclaim for a YouTube video covering George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Since then, he has redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, and won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. He’s played with Yo-Yo Ma and Ziggy Marley and earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

His recent album, “Peace Love Ukulele,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard World Album Chart. His latest album, “Grand Ukulele,” features a number of reinterpretations, from classics to the latest chart-toppers, including Sting’s “Fields of Gold” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

Shimabukuro got his start at age 4 when his mother gave him his first ukulele lesson. Fascinated by the instrument, the Hawaii in native eventually began playing regularly at a local café, where his talent and reputation blossomed. He now has his own record label and tours extensively in the U.S. and Japan.

“I’m thrilled to finally get Jake here to Terre Haute,” said Hatfield Hall’s Bunny Nash. “I’ve been trying to book him for several years now but he doesn’t get to the Midwest often. He has fans coming in from Indianapolis, Bloomington, Chicago — even as far away as Texas — just to see him perform at Hatfield Hall.”

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