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Announcing the Theatre in the Park Blue Curtain Project!

Beginning this fall, Theatre in the Park will be presenting professional theatre through a new initiative focused on educational theatre for the ever-growing young mind.  This project will present plays and musicals at the performance level you've come to know and love with Theatre in the Park, while choosing stories that invite audiences to think AND learn.  Activities and workshops tied to current educational standards will surround the performance.

This project will have the ability to hire professional actors who will perform at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center for school and local field trips, as well as take the show on the road to area schools and learning centers!

A poster for the production of Frida Libre


Alex may seem like a quiet, shy boy, but he secretly holds big ideas inside his head. He wants to be a luchador (wrestler) and defeat bad guys in the ring. His life changes when he meets brave and colorful Frida, an unusual girl who dreams of being a doctor so she can help people. Forced to do a science project together on butterflies and metamorphosis, the pair discovers how true friendship can help you overcome fear and transform your dreams into reality. Inspired by the childhood of legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Frida Libre is an uplifting story full of physical acting (actors become trees, trains and sinks) featuring delightful songs that explore the meaning of friendship, bravery and transformation. Commissioned and toured by La Jolla Playhouse. (Synposis from Dramatic Publishing)


Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois


Frida - TBD
Alex - TBD
Actor 1 - TBD
Actor 2 - TBD


JCPRD and Theatre in the Park are honored to join The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

FRIDA LIBRE is the perfect story for young minds to learn about Science, Art, and the History and Heritage of Frida Kahlo.


The Theatre in the Park Blue Curtain Project will be available to be booked as a field trip for you school to visit the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center OR for the production to tour TO your school!  More information to come, click here to be the FIRST to know!

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The Theatre in the Park Blue Curtain Project will bring excellent educational theatre experiences to our local and regional communities through diverse stories that address current educational standards and enlighten hearts, challenge minds and fill spirits.


The Blue Curtain Project will set the standard for all educational theatre across America.