Amelia Bedelia will take the stage at the Pikes Peak Center in the hilarious Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor & Other Stories, staged by Story Salad Productions in conjunction with the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration. The play brings to life the well-loved misfit of children's literature whose career spans more than 40 years.
For those not in the know, let me introduce you to Amelia Bedelia.
Amelia is a wacky housekeeper, a Mary Poppins-like character, but without the attitude or magical abilities. She is a literalist and will do anything she is asked, however ludicrous it may seem, much to the delight of her young fans. For example, if Amelia is asked by her employer to "run the iron over a tablecloth," she might grab the iron and run (with her feet) over a tablecloth. Don't get it? If Amelia Bedelia reads the driving instructions "Bear left," she might turn right to avoid a bear.
Amelia has difficulty with idioms and homophones-- expressions that are easily misunderstood and words that sound alike but have different meanings. It works on the page, why not on stage?
An idiom lies at the heart of Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor, which is based on the story by Herman Parish. Amelia's employer compliments her on her organizational ability saying, "Amelia, you should run for Mayor." So she does. Off to City Hall she runs, fast, and commences her mayoral campaign. The mix-ups don't stop there in this hilarious tale of mangled meaning and confusion.
The hour-long show will also introduce young audiences to other stories through music, theater and dance. Making a special appearance will be T-Bone, a singing hip-hop city dog who's said to bring down the house.
But don't worry; Amelia will be there to put it back up.
-- Wayne Young
Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor & Other Stories
Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.
Thursday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., special matinee for grades K-6.
Tickets: $3, minimum booking of 10 or more; call Melinda at 495-1932.
Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., open to the general public
Tickets: $10; call 520-SHOW for more information.