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Monkey Baa Theatre from Australia comes to Liberty Hall

TYLER, February 21, 2014-- On Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., the Aussies are invading Liberty Hall to perform “I Am Jack,” a one man show for children about dealing with bullies.

The Monkey Baa Theatre is a dynamic, inspiring theatre company based in Sydney, Australia. Started in 1997, by actors Tim McGarry, Sandra Eldridge and Eva Di Cesare, Monkey Baa is one of Australia’s largest touring companies with a reputation for producing exceptional quality work for young people and their families. The company adapts the very best of Australian children’s literature for the stage, working with award winning writers such as Jackie French, Morris Gleitzman, Sonya Hartnett and Suzanne Gervay.

Monkey Baa will present “I Am Jack” based on Suzanne Gervay’s children’s novel about the journey of a smart, funny, 11 year old boy. Jack is being bullied at school and it is not long before the pressure begins to build inside him. What starts as a joke soon turns into a larger problem that makes Jack no longer safe in the school yard. As much as he wants to tell his Mum, he can’t, for at home there is also conflict of another sort. But help is on its way from the most surprising of places. With the use of self-expression through photography, Jack begins to make sense of his world, of his relationships with others, and most importantly, with himself.

This excellent one man show explores the often overlooked insidious taunting and teasing that bullies are so adept at inflicting on their victims. The work’s charm and humor has succeeded in delighting and informing young audiences across Australia and now crossing North America. Jack takes us on a touching and sometimes comical journey as he moves from victim to victor. One actor plays eleven characters, moving with ease between each one.

Monkey Baa has received a 2007 and 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Children’s Presentation (equivalent of Australia’s Tony Awards), the 2006 and 2007 Drover Award and the 2011 Glug Award. Three of the company’s adaptations have been published; “Hitler’s Daughter,” “Thursday’s Child” and “Worry Warts.”

This event is for families with children ages 7-14. Tickets are available online for $10 at www.LibertyTyler.com or at the door one hour prior to the show for $15. For more information about upcoming events, sponsoring an event or renting Liberty Hall, call Manager Anne Payne at 903-595-7274.

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