orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

September 24, 2012

Lutcher welcomes return of ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

ORANGE —  

Back by popular demand, “The Man Who Planted Trees,” returns to the Lutcher Theater for the 2012-2013 Lutcher Incredible Kids Events Series. Two shows have been schedule, at 2 p.m., and 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased now at www.lutcher.org or at 409-886-5535. The show will also be presented at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 1, primarily for school groups to enjoy, although these performances are also available to the public.

Produced by Puppet State Theatre Company of Edinburgh, Scotland, “The Man Who Planted Trees” is a multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic telling the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, “The Man Who Planted Trees” shows us the difference one man, and his dog, can make to the world. This show is suitable for adults and children over 7.

The cast of this intimate show consists of two actors/puppeteers and the puppets the audience quickly grow to love. One such puppet is “Dog,” a sharp-witted, enthusiastic and lovable pooch who helps narrate the endearing tale. The audience will actually smell the lavender fields and feel mist in the air as the narrative unfolds. The Lutcher sells only 250 seats for each performance, facilitating the intimacy of the story’s setting.

Everyone attending the Sunday, September 30 performances will be invited to a “Tree Party,” which will take place immediately following each of Sunday’s shows. Lutcher families will have the opportunity to meet the cast, enjoy refreshments, and receive “Plant an Oak Tree” kits donated by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Each kit will include a pot, soil, several acorns, and instructions for planting.

Oak trees are native to southeast Texas and are an important food source for wildlife. Trees not only beautify our property, but they can help to shave a few pennies off of our electric bills.

When planted near a house, oak trees provide excellent shade to help reduce the need for air conditioning in summer. In winter, trees planted near homes break the force of the wind and can lower heating costs.  Trees also create oxygen and store carbon dioxide, helping to counter the effects of climate change.

Additionally, to further the celebration of tree planting, the group who brings the most members to each of the Sunday performances will receive a tree to plant at the location of their choice. Garden clubs, conservationist groups, church groups, and children’s organizations are types of groups that are encouraged to attend “The Man Who Planted Trees” together.

This Lutcher “Fall Family Fun Event” is sponsored locally by Printpack Inc, and by the Nelda C. and H. J. Lutcher Stark Foundation. The Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is located at 707 Main, Orange, Texas.