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School Performance: Tall Stories: Emily Brown and the Thing (KCYS)

This performance is part of the Krannert Center Youth Series, school-day performances for public, private, and home schools, grades PreK-12.

Do you have trouble getting to sleep? Perhaps you need your cuddly? Or a glass of milk? In Cressida Cowell and Neil Layton’s Emily Brown and the Thing, Emily has the same problem—or the Thing outside her window does anyway. London’s Tall Stories is a charming theatrical company that uses puppetry and its unique style of physical storytelling to create warmhearted and witty productions for audiences of all ages. In Emily Brown, we are treated to a tender musical depiction of nighttime rituals and childhood imagination as Emily and her stuffed rabbit, Stanley, undertake incredible adventures while they attempt to quiet and comfort the Thing.


Connects to Illinois Learning Standards in Fine Arts and Social/Emotional Learning.

Recommended for grades PreK-2

Performance length: 50 minutes

Campaign for Young Audiences

  • Phyllis & Kyle Robeson, Lead Sponsors
  • In Memory of Mary Ellen Wonderlin
  • Susan & Michael Haney
  • Gertrude Brokaw McCloy Endowment
  • Dr. Donna Murray Tiedge & Robert Tiedge
  • Anonymous
  • JSM Management

Youth Series Programming

  • Ann H. Bender Youth Series Endowment
  • Leslie & Gary Mason
  • Brenda & Stephen Pacey
  • Jill & James Quisenberry
  • Prudence & Bernard Spodek
  • The Susan Sargeant McDonald Endowed Fund for Youth Programming (Suzi was the founder/developer of the Krannert Center Youth Series)
  • Anne & David Sharpe
  • In Memory of Charles R. & Valeria Novak Taylor
  • UpClose Marketing & Printing
  • Illinois Arts Council
  • National Endowment for the Arts

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