Rainforest lessons await in Michigan
April 11, 2012 4:48PM
For more information about Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue or to reserve tickets, call (269) 756-3879 or visit www.acorntheater.com.
Updated: May 13, 2012 8:17AM
A rainforest experience in southwestern Michigan seems magical, but magic is only part of Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue, a stage show Monday, April 16, at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks.
“We use magic, puppetry, comedy, music and live animals in this entertaining, educational and engaging show for families, said Barry DeVoll of the Blue Trunk Educational Series, producer of the show. “Our hope is also that audiences leave with information on saving the rainforest and how to help in your own community.”
Bixby, the character who serves as the tour guide, helps the audience learn about the rainforest and its inhabitants during this 80-minute production. Children also will learn about deforestation and the importance of rainforest conservation.
“One thing that makes the show special is audience participation, not just by the kids, but by whole families,” DeVoll said. “We feel that the best way children learn is to have the whole family engaged.”
The audience has a chance to become engaged before the show starts. Up to 10 rainforest animal species will be displayed in the theater lobby. These may include a ring-tailed lemur, macaw, snake, kinkajou, cavy and a raccoon-like coatimundi from Central and South America.
The 45-minute Bixby’s Rainforest Encounters animal display starts at 5 p.m. (CDT) and is free with show admission. Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue starts at 6. Tickets are free thanks to a grant from the Pokagon Fund.
The Acorn Theater is at 107 Generations Drive in Three Oaks. Take Interstate 94 east to Michigan Exit 4A. Go about five miles east on U.S. 12 to the first traffic light, then turn left on Elm Street. Turn left at the post office and continue to the theater.