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Kids will love musical “Ferdinand the Bull” Feb. 19

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Contact: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307

Dec. 7, 2010—Children will have a delightful time when actors bring the literary hero Ferdinand the Bull to life Feb. 19 at North Central College.

The theatrical presentation of “Ferdinand the Bull” is based on the treasured 1936 children’s book “The Story of Ferdinand” written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. Holden & Arts Associates, Inc. and Arizona-based Childsplay Theatre for Everyone have turned this timeless story into a lively musical.

Two matinee performances are presented at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Recommended for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, the hour-long show is presented with bilingual (English/Spanish) lyrics and dialogue. The dialogue and lyrics for this production are written by Karen Zacarias with music by Dabra Wicks La Puma. Visit for more information about the ensemble.

Ferdinand the Bull stars as a gentle bull who enjoys nothing more than smelling todas las flores (all the flowers). Although he finds a fellow flower enthusiast in Abeja the Bee, Ferdinand still wants to fit in with the Toros, the tough trio of bulls who convince him that “a bull’s gotta do what a bull’s gotta do.” When the Bull Collector arrives during his annual talent search for the bullfighting ring, Ferdinand joins the others to prove that he, too, can be the “greatest bull in all España.”

Although his peaceful nature causes him to have second thoughts, Abeja’s bee sting brings out the toro in Ferdinand, and the Bull Collector chooses him to fight in Madrid’s Plaza de Toros. Ferdinand, however, refuses to fight, befriends the Matador and ends up returning to his pasture where he spends his days sitting under his favorite tree and smelling the flowers.

North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors.

These performances are among many ongoing events and exhibits at North Central College designed to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).