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Petunia’s Playhouse Live!: Petunia’s Big Day draws on characters and themes originated by the 2020 web series Petunia’s Playhouse in which cheerful puppet Petunia and her friend Pumpkin Duck guided the viewers through mental health-related challenges of the pandemic and introduced them to strategies and tools necessary to understand their own feelings, maintain a positive attitude, and foster resilience. In its new, live, musical version, Petunia prepares for her first day of school when an unexpected visitor – the Anxiety Monster –  makes a mess of her plans, wreaking havoc on what was supposed to be the best day ever. Creator, writer and performer Laura Kay Clark reprises the role of Petunia the puppet and is joined by a talented cast of puppet and human characters (including Christopher Isolano as Anxiety Monster and Renee Titus as Mom) in an interactive adventure for the entire family, featuring original songs by composer and lyricist Billy Recce (A Musical About Star Wars). Christina Rose Ashby directs. Joining the cast are Renee Titus, Christopher Isolano, John Pickup, Julia Fein and Amanda Spencer. Main puppet characters are designed by Puppet Kitchen artist Eric Wright who built them with Jamie Bressler; additional puppets and colorful sets are by Myra G. Reavis.

Link to program: https://www.petuniasplayhouse.net/petunialiveprogram

It’s Petunia’s first day of school, and nothing can stand in the way of her big day! She starts her day with her daily affirmations-- I am strong, I am capable, I am brave--and she feels confident that she’s going to have the best day ever! That is, until an unexpected visitor arrives in her Playhouse and begins to make a mess of her big day. Petunia quickly learns that this new visitor is none other than the Anxiety Monster, and he’s brought some friends with him: his anxiety Monstrettes and the Tummy Butterflies!

Anxiety Monster begins to fill Petunia’s head with all kinds of terrible What-If’s: What if no one likes me? What if my teacher is mean? What if no one sits next to me on the bus? And then, he has an even better idea: Petunia should pretend to be sick so she doesn’t have to go to school at all. Luckily, it’s Mom to the rescue with an anxiety-reducing exercise that makes Anxiety Monster and his pals disappear. Mom reminds us all that it’s okay to feel anxious, and that Petunia can still enjoy her big day even though she’s feeling nervous!

  • Year
  • Runtime
    26 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    World Premiere
  • Director
    Christina Rose Ashby
  • Screenwriter
    Laura Kay Clark
  • Producer
    Party Claw Productions LLC
  • Executive Producer
    Ashley Kristeen Vega
  • Co-Producer
    Laura Kay Clark
  • Production Design
    Myra Reavis
  • Composer
    Billy Recce