STARRED REVIEW
December 2004

Theater playset for everyone’s favorite pig

By Ian Falconer
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The spunky star of the best-selling books Olivia and Olivia Saves the Circus is set to jetée her way into the hearts of theater fans old and young. Making her dramatic debut in time for the holidays, the little white pig takes center stage with Teatro Olivia, a handsomely designed three-dimensional theater that allows aspiring young directors to mount their own productions. Created by author Ian Falconer, this ingenious, miniature playhouse serves as the perfect introduction to the performing arts. Raise the curtain on Teatro Olivia, and you'll find a fold-out stage with wings and a handsomely appointed auditorium, complete with balcony, box seats and an audience of need it be said? discriminating observers.

A variety of backdrops, props and costumed paper dolls provide the required equipment for special stagings of Swan Lake, Turandot and Romeo and Juliet, all featuring Olivia, who is aided in these dramatic endeavors by her little brother Ian. Together, the piglet players take the leading roles in each production. An accompanying Playbill provides plot summaries for the theatrical works, as well as biographical information on the sibling stars.

Sure to be a hit this holiday, Teatro Olivia is the ultimate indulgence for active imaginations. Expect rave reviews and encores galore. Bravo, Olivia take a bow!

 

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Teatro Olivia

Teatro Olivia

By Ian Falconer
Rizzoli
ISBN 9780689878169

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