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Fall Program 2017

Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp

A original musical by April Burns and Max Bennett-Parker based on Mercer Mayer’s 1972 classic children's book

Director April Burns  
Musical Director Max Bennett-Parker

In this program we explore the ecology and wildlife of the everglades and jump into the rich gumbo culture of Louisiana, the music, lore, humor and wisdom that is the voice of the American southland.

“Catch a turtle, catch a snake, Catch a little froggy. If you throw cornbread down the well, It’s going to get real soggy”

We begin on October 23rd

 (Three week Program) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:30- 6:00pm
Two performances:  Friday evening at 7:00pm   Saturday Matinee at 2:00pm  

Location: Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School 8005 Winkle Ave. Santa Cruz

Tuition: $325 (A nonrefundable down-payment of $100. will secure a spot for your student)

The remainder $225. Will be due on the first day of class.


Enrollment limited to 15 participants
Ages 6 to 14
Scholarships, payment plans and sibling discounts are available.

The story:

Liza Lou is my personal favorite heroine from the world of children’s literature. She is a girl with more courage, pluck and ingenuity than any super hero. Everyone knows to be careful when crossing the Yeller Belly Swamp.  There’s no hiding from that old swamp haunt who wants to snatch you away or the witch who wants to chew on your bones.  Too bad the swamp creatures don’t know that there isn’t a haunt, witch, or conjuring swamp devil full of fancy trickery that can scare Liza Lou.  She outsmarts them all and while she’s at it tricks them into doing her chores.  After meeting Liza Lou these swamp creatures never bother her or anyone else ever again.....and no one misses them either!