Whoever first claimed "might makes right" never heard tell of the mouse in Julia Donaldson's children's book The Gruffalo
. Though the mouse's size keeps him low on the forest food chain, his quick wit and cunning scares off predators with tall-tales of his buddy the Gruffalo, a fearsome grizzly bear and buffalo hybrid. This is an effective front story till the mouse, much to his dismay, finds himself face-to-face with a real, live, hungry Gruffalo. Find out how he gets out of this jarring jam when the UK's Tall Stories theater company presents a live-action, family-friendly adaptation of The Gruffalo
at Founders Theatre at the Center of Creative Arts (524 Trinity Avenue, University City; 314-725-6555 or www.cocastl.org
). Performances are at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday (February 23 and 24). Tickets range in price from $16 to $20.
Sat., Feb. 23; Sun., Feb. 24, 2013