Mr. Popper's Penguins

Ages 3+

Show Times through 12/20:
7 p.m. Friday
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday
2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday 

Holiday shows:
12/ 20 @ 2pm, 12/21 @ 2pm, 12/22 @ 11am & 2pm, 12/23 @ 11am & 2pm, 12/24 @ 11am, 12/27 @ 11am & 2pm, 12/28 @ 2pm, 12/29 @ 2pm, 12/30 @ 2pm, 12/31 @ 7pm *, 1/1 @ 2pm and 5pm.

*Special PJ's and Play/NYE Countdown

The show is an hour and a half
with a 10-minute intermission.

Dec. 09, 2016 - Jan. 01, 2017

Synchronicity celebrates the holidays with Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a delightful musical for all ages based on the classic 1938 children’s book by Richard and Florence Atwater. Mr. Popper, a humble house painter, gets a cool surprise when Antarctic explorer Admiral Drake ships him a penguin! One penguin expands into a family of penguins, and suddenly the Poppers have a lot of extra mouths to feed on a tight household budget. So, Mr. Popper trains the penguins to perform and takes their show on the road, leading to mischief, hilarity, and dreams come true.  

Each Friday is PJs & Play!  Kids can wear pajamas and enjoy milk and cookies while watching the show!

Sign Interpreted Performance by Stagehands: Sunday, December 11 at 5pm!

Inside Scoop performance is 2pm on 12/18.  Free ice cream & post-show chat!

Special 'Kidnight' New Year's Eve performance at 7pm, 12/31 - With sparkling cider toast celebration & penguin leap after the show.


Mr. Popper - Brandon Partrick 

Mrs. Popper - Megan Wheeler

Janie/Various - Janeva Sibdhannie 

Bill/ Various - Jacob Mckee

Various - Brian Jordan 

Various - Allison Dixon 

Production Team

Director - Rachel May

Stage Manager/Asst. Director - Julie Skrzypek

Music Director - Alli Lingenfelter

Choreographer - Jennifer Smiles Plumley

Facility & Production Manager - Lisa Green

Technical Director - Ali Hooks

Scenic, Props & Puppet Designer - Ryan Bradburn

Lighting Designer - Elisabeth Cooper

Costume Designer - Sydney Roberts

Sound Designer - Preston Goodson

Asst. Lighting Designer - Angus McBee

Dramaturg - Kathy Janich

About the Playwright &Composer

Jody Davisdon is a director and arts administrator whose career and accomplishments in the field of theatre for young audiences spans 30 years.  She is the founder of the Rainbow Company Children’s Theatre and co-founder of both the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre and the Serendipity Theatre Company.  She has the unique distinction and honor of being the only founder/executive director of three separate children’s theatres to be named the “Best New Children’s Theatre in the United States” by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.  In addition to her dedication to the field of family theatre, her seminal work in the field of theatre for disabled artists has produced several scripts.  Jody has been featured in People magazine and on Good Morning, America as well as in many other national publications and media.

Source: Pioneer Drama Services: Author Details 

BRETT SCHRIER is an accomplished composer, music director, and vocal coach in New York City. He always knew his life would be dedicated to the artistic world. His earliest memories include sitting at the piano, singing, and dreaming of the day he would earn his living doing what he loves. After a childhood spent performing, Brett attended The Boston Conservatory, where he pioneered a program and graduated with an individualized degree in Music Direction for the Musical Theatre. Since graduation, Brett has worked in music and theatre venues across the world. As one of New York's "most talented upcoming writers," Brett has written and developed three full-length musicals. His first, Take Two! The Musical! earned rave reviews during a World Premiere Production at Northern Stage. He also composed the original score for the stage adaptation of Mr. Popper's Penguins, which is licensed by Plays For Young Audiences, and produced by multiple companies around the world. His newest project, Time Between Us, won Critic's Pick Award in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, premiered regionally at Serenbe Playhouse, and is currently in development for an Off-Broadway run. Brett wrote the music, book, & lyrics for Time Between Us, which is being called 'one of the most thought-provoking, cutting edge pieces of musical theatre this decade.'Brett's musical directing/conducting credits include: I Love You…You're Perfect…Now Change42nd Street (National Tour), Hairspray (National Tour), Les MiserablesCatsMiss SaigonThe Will Rogers FolliesFiddler On The RoofBeauty And The Beast, and A Chorus Line. His arrangements are frequently heard in concerts, cabarets and recordings across the world, and his work is continually performed at distinguished New York City venues: Ars Nova, Joe's Pub, The Duplex, and The Knitting Factory. Brett served as Music Director for Broadway In South AfricaBroadway Under The Stars in Sonoma, and the National Tour of Scooby-Doo Live!, produced by Warner Bros/Life Like Touring. He is also Vocal Director for Royal Caribbean Productions.A faculty member at Marymount Manhattan College, Brett resides in New York City, where he enjoys vocal coaching some of Broadway's most gifted stars, songwriting, and teaching musical theatre workshops. He is the founder of Broadway Playground, a place for artists of all levels to explore their craft while "playing" in a creative learning environment. Brett is a proud member of ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

Source:; About Brett

About the Authors

Richard Tupper Atwater

Richard Tupper Atwater was a Chicago  writer and classics professor at the University of Chicago. He contributed to the literary and arts magazine The Chicagoan and wrote for a number of newspapers, including the Chicago Evening Post, the Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, and the Herald-Examiner. He also taught Classical Greek at the University of Chicago. Richard Atwater's other publications include Rickety Rhymes of Riq, a book of poetry published in 1925; Procupius: A Secret History, a translation of the Greek story of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora, published in 1927; Doris and the Trolls, a children's book published in 1931; and The King's Sneezes, A Children's Operetta with music by Jessie Thomas, in 1933. Richard Atwater suffered a stroke in 1934 which left him unable to speak or write. He had finished a manuscript of a book he called "Ork! The Story of Mr. Popper's Penguins", inspired by a documentary about Richard E. Byrd's Antarctic expedition that he had seen with his family in 1932. His wife Florence revised the book after he became disabled, and Mr. Popper's Penguins went on to become a children's classic.

Florence Hasseltine Atwater 

Florence Atwater was born in Chicago, the last child of Mary Josephine ("Minnie") Delany, a former concert pianist with the Philadelphia Conservatory, and James Carroll, a Philadelphia publisher. As Florence Carroll, she obtained her AB and MA in French literature at the University of Chicago (1920) where she was co-editor of The Chicago Literary Monthly, and student of Richard Atwater. They married in 1921 and had two children, Doris (1922-2000) and Carroll (1925-2013).  After her husband's stroke in 1934, Florence Atwater started teaching high school French, English and Latin, and wrote short pieces for The New Yorker,  Woman's Home Companion, and The Atlantic. She submitted her husband's original version of Mr, Popper's Penguins to two different publishers but it met with no success. She rewrote parts of the book and the revised version was accepted by Little Brown and published in 1938 to great success. Mr. Popper's Penguins won the Newberry Honor Award in 1939 and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958. It has been translated into many languages, and has never been out of print. In the summer of 2011, a movie of the same name was released.


Richard Atwater at Library of Congress Authorities

Lesson plans for Mr. Popper's Penguins at

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