Children's play opens July 7 at Fairyland
"Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type" is a family performance opening July 6 for a five-week run at Aesop's Playhouse in Children's Fairyland.
The show is presented by the Bay Area Children's Theatre to introduce pre-kindergartners to live theater.
This musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin tells what happens when Farmer Brown's animals decide to rebel. The barn is cold and the cows would like cozy electric blankets. But the farmer doesn't speak their language so they discover an old typewriter and start sending him notes.
The play is directed by Erin Merritt. She is assisted by set designer Peter Parish, choreographer Nicole Helfer and costume designer Tammy Berlin.
"Click Clack Moo" will be presented at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, July 7 through Aug. 5 at Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland.
Tickets are $15 general admission (includes all day admission to Fairyland); $10 groups and Fairyland members. All ages welcome; children age one year and older need a ticket. Go to http://www.bactheatre.org/ or (510) 296-4433.
Pardee Home gears up for Fourth of July event
The beautiful gardens of the historic Pardee Home Museum at 672 11th St. in Oakland will be the site of the annual Fourth of July celebration.
Frederick Hodges will play the piano accompanied by Ann Gibson singing patriotic songs. An old fashion barbecue will includes hamburgers, baked beans, corn on the cob, beverages and more. There will be special activities for all ages, including children's craft table, croquet, badminton and volleyball. Tours will be available of the Pardee Home.
Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 11. Those under age 5 will be admitted free. There is a $2 discount for guests who attend in period costume. All proceeds benefit the preservation of the historic home and gardens.
To make reservations, call 510-444-2187 or 510-832-3456 or just show up on the Fourth of July.