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Children’s musical to debut at BIMA Saturday

The world premiere of a musical based on the children’s literature classic, “Caps for Sale,” by Esphyr Slobodkina, will be staged on Saturday, July 19, at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art as part of the Family Art Day event.

Composed and written by Bainbridge Island residents Paul Lewis and Gabe Carbajal, the show is the first authorized extended theatrical adaptation of “Caps” since the book’s original publication in 1939.

“Generations of young readers have grown up with the tale of Pezzo the peddler and his encounter with a group of monkeys,” Lewis said. “Gabe and I feel incredibly honored that the book’s publisher, HarperCollins, and the Slobodkina estate have afforded us the opportunity to bring this story to life.”

“We knew from the outset that Pezzo could be a beloved musical theatre character,” Lewis said. “Our primary task became to imagine a slightly more complex narrative arc and to set his story within the context of the larger world in which he lives, while honoring the spirit and text of the book.”

“Caps for Sale” will be presented at the BIMA auditorium at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Admission is free.

There will be a preview performance, also free of charge, at 7 p.m. Friday, July 18.

The running time is approximately 45 minutes. Doors to the auditorium will open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Family Art Day is sponsored by Bainbridge Community Foundation in partnership with BIMA and Kids Discovery Museum.


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