Theatreworks USA's production of “Click, Clack, Moo”
Part of the APPlause! K-12 Performing Arts Series
"Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!" Farmer Brown cries. When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declared the farm a "tech-free zone." He confiscates her laptop. But the cows use her computer to type messages requesting blankets, but are refused. So the cows go on strike! No blankets: no milk, no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously "mooooo-ving" musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.
Run time approximately 60 minutes
About Theatreworks USA
The mission of Theatreworks USA is to create, produce, and provide access to professional theatre for young and family audiences nationwide, including disadvantaged youth and under-served communities. Since our founding in 1961, we have presented more than 90 million children and their families with opportunities to enjoy our theatrical productions in 49 states and Canada.
Each season, three million children, many of whom have no other access to the performing arts, attend our original productions in venues as varied as local elementary school gymnasiums, regional fine arts centers, and major Broadway-sized theatres. Theatreworks USA tours approximately 16 shows each season from our repertoire of 133 plays and musicals. In addition, Theatreworks USA has an extensive multi-cultural roster of guest artists, including storytellers, puppeteers, poets, and magicians. The overarching goals of Theatreworks' programs are to:
- Create literary- and historically-based shows that stimulate reading and discussion on the cultural, historical, and/or social issues and themes represented in each show.
- Foster and nurture the wealth of talent that exists in young writers.
- Encourage young people to tap into their own reservoirs of creativity and talent.
- Present role models and encourage positive values through the shows' content.
- Enhance the theatre experience which children share with their friends and classmates, teachers, and families.Develop a life-long appreciation for the arts.
- Build the audiences of the future.
Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of not only providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors, and designers an early opportunity to work in this field. A list of our alumni reads like a veritable "who's who" of theatre: four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth (Beauty and the Beast), Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), Gabriel Barre (The Wild Party); writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane (TV's "Friends"), Lynn Ahrens and Steven Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island), Jason Robert Brown (Parade), Larry O'Keefe & Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde), Two Time-Tony Award winner Robert Lopez (Book of Mormon, Avenue Q); Tony nominee Charles Busch (The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife) Kevin Del Aguila (Altar Boyz); and Tony-winning actors Roger Bart, Chuck Cooper, and John Glover. Esteemed performers F. Murray Abraham, Henry Winkler (Happy Days), Colman Domingo (The Scottsboro Boys), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Judy Kuhn (Les Miserables) and many other actors also got their start with Theatreworks.
Under the direction of Barbara Pasternack (Artistic Director) and Ken Arthur (Producing Director), TheatreworksUSA is also one of the most honored theatres of our kind. We are the only children's theatre to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award. In addition, Theatreworks USA was the recipient of a 2001 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, and in May 2000, The Actors Fund of American bestowed its Medal of Honor upon our founders, Jay Harnick and Charles Hull.
Theatreworks USA's goal is to continue doing what we have successfully accomplished for more than fifty years: giving America's children their first thrilling day at the theatre!
- Study guide: Theatreworks USA’s “Click, Clack, Moo” (PDF 3.37M)