Storyteller Louis Lovett explores love, resilience, and courage in imaginative solo play
Take part in a magical, untamed adventure with Irish performer Louis Lovett in this solo theatre show. Complete with a jack-in-the-box set, “The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly” details Peggy's trek across snowy lands and wild seas. As she tries to save the day, you will learn about love, loss, the reassurance of goats, and the courage to sing gloriously on- or off-key.
The Moss Arts Center presents this multicamera streamed recording on Saturday, March 6, at 4 p.m. Filmed in front of a live audience, the performance is recommended for the entire family, especially children in second through sixth grades, and includes a live post-performance question-and-answer session with Lovett, who will tune in from Dublin, Ireland. Ticketholders have access to this “HomeStage” series event as it happens, and for seven days following the event.
Peggy O’Hegarty and her parents are packers. They squeeze fruit into tins, foxes into boxes, even bikes into brown paper bags, while Peggy sings with the voice of an angel — a grossly unfortunate angel, who can’t sing at all. But one day work stops working, and the jobs stop coming, and Peggy steps outside to find that winter has arrived … and everyone in her city is gone.
Lovett consistently delivers the unexpected in this hilariously cheeky performance. With his engaging presence he transitions seamlessly between a multitude of characters, leading the audience through perilous situations.
Based in Dublin, Ireland, Theatre Lovett produces theatre for all ages — theatre that can amuse and involve. Founded in 2007 by Joint Artistic Directors Muireann Ahern and Lovett, the company takes risks, is playfully dangerous, and loves music, physical theatre, clowning, absurd comedy, and poignant tragedy. Theatre Lovett believes that children and young audiences respond to and recognize the best when it is shared with them, without stereotyping or belittling an audience's experience and innocence.
As part of the Moss Arts Center's school-day matinee series, public, private, and homeschool students tuned in to a streamed recording of Theatre Lovett's production and engaged with Louis Lovett in a lively discussion after the show.
Tickets are $10 for general public and free for Virginia Tech students. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.