“Wynken, Blynken and Nod” is based on the titular poem by Eugene Field. Rose artist educator Ashley Laverty adapted it as part of the theater’s First Stage series designed for very young children, first-time theatergoers and kids with special needs.

The 45-minute show is interactive: Audiences will, in Field’s original words, “sail on a river of crystal light into a sea of dew.” The story is told through non-verbal movement and puppetry.

It’s visually appealing, but has no loud sounds or blackouts, making it suitable for kids age two and older. The characters dance with sea creatures, interact with the moon and discover treasures as they journey across the heavens.

Lauren Crabtree designed a set filled with fluff reminiscent of the sky, the sea and dreamland. Parents can expect a lullaby-like story.

The show opens Saturday and runs through March 4 on the Hitchcock Stage, the black-box theater on the Rose’s fourth floor.

Betsie Freeman

Betsie covers a little bit of everything for The World-Herald's Living section, including theater, religion and anything else that might need attention. Phone: 402-444-1267.

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