Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour-
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!

Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!

A Kennedy Center commission based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!

Script and lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by Jerry Whiddon
Choreographed by Jessica Hartman

Elephant Gerald is an elephant: lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is (what else!) a piggie: perky, smiley, full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends! And in We Are in a Play!, a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense–facing fundamental questions like, what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. So get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of your favorite books. You’ll be doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long!

Performance Timing: 60 minutes

Best for ages 4 and up


Since 1992, Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour has been a leader in bringing imaginative and original works to communities around the nation.


In the program’s 19 year history, 43 tours have played in hundreds of cities in 49 states as well as parts of Canada. More than 2 million children, teachers, and parents have been part of these audiences. Many of the students who see these productions may never have the chance to visit the nation’s performing arts center, but could still experience the professionalism and talent that has become the trademark of Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences.


The tours begin with a fully mounted production and engagement at the Kennedy Center for Washington, DC metropolitan area audiences. Prior to the touring season, the shows are re-worked specifically for the road, complete with performing company and production staff. Many works are specifically commissioned by the Kennedy Center and affiliates in order to contribute to the development of new plays and musicals for young audiences. It is our belief that supporting the creation of new works for young audiences is critical to the ongoing revitalization of the field.


Tour highlights include: The Red Badge of CourageThe Snow Queen; Little Women; a dance/theater adaptation of The Nightingale; a musical adaptation of Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; an opera version of The Emperor’s New ClothesLilly’s Purple Plastic Purse; Walter Dean Myers’ Harlem; Color Me Dark: A Story of the Great Migration North; Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka; The Phantom TollboothTeddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major—a Kennedy Center collaboration with the White House Historical Association; Nobody’s Perfect, a bi-lingual musical in spoken English and American Sign Language, the first tour to travel the country with open-captioning; Barrio Grrrl!; and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical based on the Caldecott Honor-winning picture book Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems.


When presenters book a KCTYA on Tour production, they also receive access to a comprehensive education package. Curriculum connections made through Cuesheets, study guides highlighting different activities and information for students for use before and after the performance, and the Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge educational website are featured components of our national touring program.

Elephant & Piggie Review-

November 2013

“a fun experience, and a great way to introduce your child to theater

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Elephant & Piggie Review- Northern Virginia Magazine

November 2013

“Families will be clapping, singing, and dancing along at this unforgettable, lively show.”

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Elephant & Piggie Review- MD Theatre Guide

November 2013

“Gerald and Piggie are special characters with a friendship that translates to all types and ages.”

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Elephant & Piggie Review- The Washington Post

November 2013

“a vaudeville-style review of Piggie Gerald’s greatest hits”

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Elephant & Piggie Review-

November 2013

“…moments of joyous abandon”

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