The Borrowers | 2016-2017 Productions : The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

The Borrowers

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Civic Youth Theatre Play

Under the floor boards, as cozy as you please, Arriety Clock and her parents, Homily and Pod, live a quiet little life. They just borrow whatever they may need, like a teacup from the dollhouse that is just the right size for them. Arriety, a typical teen yearning to experience the grown-up world, longs to go upstairs, to help her father with the borrowing. But after what happened to her cousin Eggletina (an incident with a cat that no one speaks of) it is forbidden. But then the Boy who lives upstairs, so big and so lonely, sees her father. "And that's how the whole world changes shape." Forced to flee the house to save themselves, the Clocks begin the journey of a lifetime out in the wide, and ever so large, world. As they struggle to survive they make new friends and learn that, maybe, the world isn't such a scary place after all.

The Civic Youth Theatre is designed to introduce young patrons to theatre as an art form. Students involved in a production learn very quickly that it takes a lot of hard work to put on a show. They memorize lines, paint scenery and collect props, all while they are building friendships and developing self-confidence that will last them a lifetime.

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