UD Heritage Center To Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th Birthday

Feb 13, 2017

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque Heritage Center continues its 2016-2017 Live at Heritage Family Series with Laura Ingalls Wilder, performed by New Jersey’s ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, on Sunday, March 5, at 2:00 p.m. Laura Ingalls Wilder chronicles the adventures of the Ingalls family as they travel across the prairie in search of a little house to call home. Born Feb. 7, 1867, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday is being celebrated this year.

WHAT:            Live at Heritage Center Family Series – Laura Ingalls Wilder

WHEN:            Sunday, March 5 – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:          John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

TICKETS:        $13-$15 adult, $11-$13 alumni, $9 student/child, $4 lap seat children 3 and under ($4 lap seat ticket available only with purchase of an adult ticket)

Based on the Little House book series and Wilder’s childhood experiences, this original musical featuring five original songs will delight young audiences with the adventures of a spirited pioneer girl and her family. Written and directed by ArtsPower Artistic Director Greg Gunning with music by his longtime collaborator Richard DeRosa, Laura Ingalls Wilder has been a hit with audiences since its premiere in 1995. In this production, Laura and her family travel across America in search of a place they can call home. Facing obstacles such as scarlet fever and eviction from their land, their pioneering spirit and family bonds are tested but never broken. This uplifting story of one of America’s most beloved authors demonstrates a historical perspective on how a young woman discovers her personal values and builds relationships.

Founded in 1985 by Mark and Gary Blackman, ArtsPower has grown into one of America’s largest and most active producers of professional theatre for young and family audiences. Its 27 professional touring productions have been seen by 12 million people in 48 states – from Alaska to Florida – in some of the nation’s top regional theatres, university auditoriums, and cultural centers, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center in New York.

“At ArtsPower, we are committed to enriching children’s lives through the performing arts,” said Gary Blackman, executive producer. “By introducing our audiences to enthusiastic characters like Laura, children can see new possibilities in life and in themselves. Since many of our musicals and dramas are based on popular and classic literature for young readers, we ignite their desire to read.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder is approximately 60 minutes in length and includes an opportunity to meet costumed performers in the lobby immediately following the show.

Tickets for Laura Ingalls Wilder can be purchased Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter.

Telegraph Herald serves as the Heritage Center 2016-2017 season presenting media partner.