Wednesday through Saturday am - am. Free public performances of Rootabaga Express! These minute programs feature the cast and directors from The Vagabond School of the Drama, an apprentice program of the Flat Rock Playhouse. Performances are held rain or shine, at the new park amphitheatre near the front lake.
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When asked how he wrote the stories, Sandburg replied, "The children asked questions, and I answered them. Unlike traditional fairy tales, they have no perfect princesses and evil witches. They are American fairy tales with a rural flavor and, in fact, they have no evil characters.
The settings, though fanciful, include images that defined America in the s, when the stories were published: the railroad, which "ran across the prairie, to the mountains, to the sea," and the skyscraper. In Rootabaga Country the railroad tracks go from straight to zigzag, the pigs wear bibs some checked, some striped, some polka-dotted , and the biggest city is the Village of Liver-and-Onions.
Children and literary critics alike would be hard-pressed to explain even symbolically the events that occur in the stories. Nevertheless, meaning comes through and truth is revealed.
Although the events of the stories may not be explainable, the stories are replete with concrete images. Sandburg provides both visual and auditory description with musical, repetitious phrases and novel juxtaposition of words "a daughter who is a dancing shaft of light on the ax handles of morning".
They provide an opportunity for readers and listeners to delight in language and revel in truths revealed in a fanciful world. April 4, I welcome dialogue with teachers. Wordplay is paramount, and while most stories are pretty bouncy, a few end on a more bittersweet note. Image: Author Carl Sandburg.
Sandburg Summer Stage
Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg, Signed