The stage of Buck Shaffer Theater at the Porterville Memorial Auditorium will turn into the Hundred Acre Wood as the Porterville High School Drama Department will present its version of the children’s classic, Winnie the Pooh.

There will be three performances, one at 7 p.m. Friday, November 22 and a 2 p.m. matinee show and a 7 p.m. show on Saturday, November 23. Ticket prices are $1 for children and students and $5 for adults.

Winnie the Pooh is based on the children’s stories by A.A. Milne and dramatized by Kristen Sergel. The play starts with Christopher Robin being told a story by the narrator, which soon transforms into the Hundred Acre Wood where Winnie the Pooh is searching for a way to get honey out of a tall tree near his home.

Pooh is joined by other animals in the forest such as Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit and Owl, who are concerned about the arrival of new animals into the woods. These new animals include Kanga and Roo as well as Tigger, a who can’t help getting into mischief.

Kanga decides to take Piglet home for a bath and some “strengthening medicine;” a transformed Piglet returns much cleaner, but unhappy. What will the animals do to save Piglet from further efforts by Kanga to clean him up? How will they get Tigger out of the tree? And how will they manage all this by Pooh’s birthday?

The cast includes PHS students Audrey Dickson as Winnie the Pooh; Xavier Sanchez as Christopher Robin; Alyssa Tena as Piglet; Rozzalyn King as Eeyore; Natalie Sanchez as Rabbit; Erica Palad as Owl; Charity Jackson as Tigger; Jacqueline Martinez as Kanga; Isabella Garcia as Roo; and Eliana Martinez, Elena Rodriguez, Janea Rodriguez and Leah Flores as the other animals in the forest. The stage manager is Daniel Garcia assisted by PHS Drama Club members.

Tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. For the 7 p.m. Performances and 1:30 p.m. For the Saturday matinee. For more information call (559) 782-7279.

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