Ralph S. Mouse

Artwork by Amanda R. Wilson

The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Adapted by James Larson
Based on the book by Beverly Cleary

June 13–14, 20–21, 2013 Thursday–Friday @ 7:30 p.m.
June 15, 22, 2013 Saturday @ 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
June 16, 23, 2013 Sunday @ 4 p.m. Studio Theatre


This classic tale follows the adventures of Ralph, a reckless, young mouse that ventures out from the knothole of his motel room to find a toy motorcycle. Ralph decides to take the bike for a spin, but the ride doesn’t last long. Fortunately, a young boy named Keith comes to the rescue, taking Ralph on a journey of friendship and motorcycling that he won’t soon forget.

Children’s Playshop
Since its inception in 1994, the JMU Children'’s Playshop has been entertaining families from across the Shenandoah Valley with quality family theatre. It became a summer tradition for families to see young professional actors perform fairy tales, sing family friendly musicals, and bring contemporary children’s literature magically come to life. That tradition has now carried over to the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, where student performers and audiences have the opportunity to come together in the highly flexible Studio Theatre.

The JMU Children’s Playshop is an annual project of the School of Theatre and Dance. Students spend half of their days building scenery, hanging lights and creating costumes. They then rehearse the plays, learn the music and work with the choreographer. Their mornings building and decorating the sets and their afternoons rehearsing their performances. Playshop Directors William Buck and Pam Johnson have maintained a commitment to quality in all aspects of production. The sets, lights and costumes receive the highest level of care and creativity. Audiences respond by coming back summer after summer.

The goal of Children’s Playshop is to serve as many children and families as possible-regardless of socioeconomic background-while maintaining a level of excellence Playshop audiences have come to expect. Company members understand the importance of wonder and inspiration in a child’s life and are dedicated to keeping professional, high-quality children’s theatre in the Shenandoah Valley affordable and accessible.

Ticket prices: $8.50–$9.50. General Admission Seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the box office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and one hour prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.

Mailing Tickets/Will Call — Tickets that are ordered more than two weeks in advance of a performance will be mailed to the address on file. Ticket orders received less than two weeks prior to a performance will be held for pick-up at the Will Call window.

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