Go back in time and learn more about what life was like for Ally and Nick’s grandmother. Enter our giveaway for a chance to win tickets to The Thing in Grandma’s Closet!
Pollyanna Theatre Company presents The Thing in Grandma’s Closet by Jonathan Graham at the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center on January 28 – February 5, 2017.
About the Play
The Thing in Grandma’s Closet tells the story of Nick and Ally, whose grandma has recently passed away. As they clean her house, the downer of a day becomes much more interesting when they discover a mysterious contraption tucked away in a closet. Is it another one of the eccentric former science teacher’s failed inventions, or something she hoped they would find? The siblings put aside their petty squabbles and work together so that they and their mother can reconnect with their grandma and move forward from their loss. Through the action of the play, both Nick and Ally learn that there are many reasons to admire their grandmother that they never knew about. The siblings learn that their grandmother was a very successful scientist who overcame great obstacles to achieve her career in a day when women were not encouraged to love science and math.
Playwright Jonathan Graham explains, “For me, the play is about the interplay between grief and memory. Writing it was an act of resistance to that all-too-human tendency to not fully appreciate the complexity of those we love until they are gone. It was also inspired by my own mother and mother-in-law who are my kids’ quirky and wonderful grandmas.”
This play also speaks to the importance of empowering girls to pursue their dreams and interests no matter what they may be. Director Judy Matetzschk-Campbell says, “The Thing in Grandma’s Closet is a great way to look at how far we have come, but also, to take stock in how far we have to go. I hope it can spark conversations about the struggles that young girls are still facing in regards to societal expectations and gender roles.”
Show Dates and Times
January 28 at 2 p.m.
January 29 at 2 p.m.
February 4 at 2 p.m.
February 5 at 2 p.m.
This new play is best suited for children ages 7-11.
Parents, teachers and caregivers can download a free study guide to accompany the production here. The guide contains an overview of the play, educational objectives and pre/post discussion questions and activities.
As with all Pollyanna Theatre productions, the cast is comprised of adult, professional actors, including:
Nick – Chase Brewer
Ally – Uyen-Anh Dang
Grandma – Bethany Harbaugh
Mom – Jess Hughes
In addition to public performances, The Thing in Grandma’s Closet is also available for schools and camps throughout Central Texas.
Enter to win
Fill out the entry form below for your chance to win one of two family 4-packs of tickets to Pollyanna Theatre Company’s production of The Thing in Grandma’s Closet. Two winners will be selected at random and contacted by email. One entry per person, please. Official rules.