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ARTS: Bird Brain Tour Starts Tomorrow Night in NKY

Bird Brain, a funny fable for family audiences from Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill, brings the lesson that strange behavior isn’t always foolish. The community tour has several dates in Northern Kentucky from April 18 to May 23.

Based on the story VogelkoppBird Brain tells the tale of a kindhearted woodcutter who finds a nest of freezing baby birds and decides to give them a warm home under his hat. The problem is that he lives in a world where tipping your hat to others is not only a courtesy, but also the law, with severe punishments for disobeying. The woodcutter finds himself torn between doing what he feels is right and following the social norms.

Recommended for ages 5 and up, Bird Brain, says Playhouse Education Director Mark Lutwak, will spark the imagination of young audiences. Set and costumes feature simple bits of fabric that get folded, twisted and used in multiple ways. The music and sound effects will be created vocally by the actors.

“It’s very simple, but beautiful and fantastical,” adds Lutwak. “As with a lot of theatre for this age group, we celebrate the imagination of the story by engaging the imagination of the viewers.”

Admission is free or inexpensive and is available at the door. Contact the center near you for ticket information, available on the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com.

Bird Brain performance schedule:

Saturday, April 18, 7:00 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center (Covington)

Saturday, April 25, 2:00 p.m., Fort Wright Civic Club

Sunday, April 26, 2:30 p.m., Kenton County Library - Covington Branch

Friday, May 15, 7:00 p.m., Boone County Library - Scheben Branch (Union)

Saturday, May 23, 7:00 p.m., Circus Mojo (Ludlow);  pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m.

-Staff report/Photo: Cast of Bird Brain (provided)