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It’s Good to be an Ant: Western New England to Host Interactive Children’s Theater April 29 and 30

Posted February 13, 2011

Western New England College will host the original interactive children’s play It’s Good to be an Ant on Friday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 at 11:30 a.m. in Sleith Hall Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $2.00 to support the Western New England chapter of First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books to needy children.

The play, written and produced by Western New England Assistant Professor of Drama Hillary Haft Bucs, is a highly interactive children’s theatre piece about the social structure of an ant colony and the importance of collaboration and teamwork. The audience follows a day in the life of an ant colony in which a sneaky wood louse sets out to eat the Queen’s eggs. The worker ants of the colony, with the help of the audience, show how cooperation saves the day.

It’s Good to be an Ant recently made its East Coast debut with performances at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Museum of Picture Book Art and the Hilltown Cooperative Charter School.

“Both the Eric Carle Museum and the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School audiences were thrilled with the production’s compelling story, highly interactive nature, and colorful costumes,” says Bucs. “I am so excited to bring children’s theatre to Western New England College as a chance to serve the children of the Springfield area. I hope that we can continue to tour the play in the future, and provide more children’s theater opportunities on our campus.”

Bucs wrote and produced the play while working in California, where it had its Equity premier at the John Anson Ford theatre in Hollywood in collaboration with the world-famous San Francisco Mime Troupe and Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena.

The play then spent several years touring Los Angeles County. It’s Good to be an Ant features members of the Western New England Stageless Players drama company. Additional support was provided by the Steerage Rock Fund for the Arts.

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