StageOne World Premiere! "Harold and the Purple Crayon" puts technology in the audience's hands

StageOne Harold and Purple Crayon

“Harold and the Purple Crayon”

Presented by StageOne Family Theatre

Score written and performed by: Ben Sollee

Saturday, March 26, 11 a.m., 2 p.m.

Sensory Friendly performance March 26 at 11 a.m. View our Sensory Friendly video

Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m., 2 p.m.

The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater

501 W. Main Street, Louisville 40202

Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon is hailed as one of the best literary pieces for young children.  Harold is a young boy who never speaks, but uses his vibrant imagination and a single purple crayon to create the world around him, drawing himself into and out of trouble.

What if Harold found himself in a different situation, say, onstage in a live theater setting? That’s exactly what StageOne is setting out to answer as they reveal their World Premiere production of Harold and the Purple Crayon this spring.

Marrying music, dance, and technology, this non-traditional theater experience will engage the audience in an entirely new way. Guided onstage by a narrator, Harold (played by Matthew Brennan) will draw the world around him using choreography and full stage computer animation. With each adventure, Harold’s story will unfold through an original musical score from renowned bluegrass cellist Ben Sollee, who will also play live during each performance.

Public performance tickets are available through The Kentucky Center box office online, by phone (502.584.7777), and at the box office and drive-thru. 

StageOne is inviting the audience to participate in Harold's creative adventure by providing each audience member with a tablet. At points in the show, the narrator will ask the audience to draw along with Harold.  “Nowadays we’re instructed to ‘turn off or silence all technology’ before a live performance and keep technology at bay," said Marketing Director Hannah Wemitt, "but for this production we’re inviting technology to live and breathe around the production.” “What an exciting experience for a child, helping Harold. We’re asking the students to think critically, and solve problems using their imaginations. There’s no right answer, and in a lot of ways it becomes an empowering moment for them. They can face and solve their own fears through Harold’s journey.”

The technology used in this production is the result of a partnership between Stage One, the Speed Museum, and the Humana IT department.