“One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” So begins Enchantment Theatre Company’s The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, based on the seven delightful picture books by Crockett Johnson that follow the zany adventures of an inventive young boy. As it turned out, there wasn’t any moon that night nor was there a path to walk on, so Harold simply drew them. And thus his journey began. Resourceful and brave, Harold creates the world he wants to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s-the-limit imagination.
Enchantment’s innovative production will take your school and family audiences on a wild ride as Harold jets to Mars (Martians, space ships!), joins a circus (he tames a lion!) and meets a princess in an enchanted garden (of course, there’s a dragon, too). The “Harold” books have captivated families for more than fifty years, celebrating the imagination of children and the unique way they see the world. That’s why Enchantment, one of America’s groundbreaking producers of original theater works for children and families, adapted these wonderful stories to a stage production, which premiered in 2009 and toured nationally for two years.
Using all the elements of its well-known signature style(life-size puppets, masked actors, magic, and music),Enchantment has also added a new dimension with the use of large scale video animation. Capturing the books’ simple purple line drawings perfectly, the animation not only creates Harold’s world of make believe but provides an opportunity for the actors to interact with the setting. And of course, being an Enchantment production, the simple purple lines don’t stay simple for long. This popular production will delight and amaze your audiences, from children starting at Harold’s age to grandparents —anyone, in fact, whose heart is young and adventurous.