Theatre Review: ‘If You Give A Moose A Muffin’ at Adventure Theatre MTC

Boy (Parker Drown) watches Moose (Michael Russotto) eat muffin. Photo by Bruce Douglas.

Adventure Theatre MTC concludes its 2011-2012 season with If You Give A Moose A Muffin, forty-five minutes of high energy live action that is exciting, entertaining, surprisingly interactive and is, without a doubt, created to delight children.

Based on the children’s book by Laura Numeroff, this production was adapted for the stage by Steve Garfinkel, directed by Jeremy Skidmore, and stars Helen Hayes Nominated actor Michael Russotto as the fast-talking moose and Helen Hayes Winner Parker Drown as the “boy”.

Moose (Russotto) and boy (Parker Drown). Photo by Bruce Douglas.

The play begins with what looks like a lazy afternoon for a young boy.  Parker Drown enters and sits on his couch looking very much at home. He waits patiently as the audience settles into their own couch-like seats that are very welcoming, have low seat backs, and are on step up risers so even the very young children, in every part of the theater, can see over the backs of the seats and people in front of them. Then his mother calls to him from offstage (the backyard garden), and reminds him to complete his list of chores. He reluctantly agrees, and all seems well and orderly until the front door bell rings and a very large moose asks to come inside.

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The continually moving moose wears a grey suit, a pink tie, and antlers so large they look like they were carved from 2 X 8 pieces of wood. He comes to the boy’s house with the purpose of helping wayward moose, and with a message of environmental awareness. He gets sidetracked, however, when he asks for and is given a fresh baked muffin.

 …forty-five minutes of high energy live action that is exciting, entertaining, surprisingly interactive and is, without a doubt, created to delight children.

Michael Russotto as Moose. Photo by Bruce Douglas.

Thus begins a whirlwind of activities, first from the moose and then from the boy who gives up his orderly goals for the day and joins in on the fun. One innocent pan of muffins leads to jam-eating, store-going, sweater-wearing, button-sewing, sock puppet-making, scenery-painting, ghost-becoming, berry-picking, jam-making, and chances are if, the moose wants some jam, he’ll want another muffin to go with it…

Running Time: 45 minutes.

If You Give A Moose A Muffin starts June 22, 2012 and runs through September 2, 2012. All performances will take place at Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, Maryland in the historic Glen Echo Park. For more information and for tickets call the box office at 301-634-2270 or online.

About April Forrer

April Forrer has been a Maryland resident for over 15 years, having moved from Washington, DC after graduate school at the George Washington University. She began her writing career on Capitol Hill as a speech and legislation writer for two U.S. Representatives. She then started working with non-profits to enhance their media and development outreach. She now spends her professional time writing her first novel and designing and constructing costumes for theatrical productions. She savors her time spent with her three children, her dog and her husband.