A Couple of Pictures from
Winnie the Pooh, November 1998
South Suburban College, South Holland, Illinois
The news is afoot...a Strange Animal is coming to the forest. Rabbit (Heather Lynn Young) is coming to discuss it with Pooh and Piglet, but his young relations, Young Skunk (Jennifer Zurawicz) and Young Rabbit (Shannon Lisewski) are more interested in getting Uncle Rabbit to play with them.
This is Pooh (Eric Atkinson) and Piglet (Megan Zurawicz), with Piglet in his natural dirty state....Pooh insisting that he can be trusted to protect Piglet from the Strange Animal, Kanga.
Pooh, however, has flown up to the top of the honey tree, via balloon, and isn't available to help when Kanga arrives......
Kanga (Wendy Staal) has captured Piglet, and his dragging him to his very first Bath. Piglet's pet frog (Spelvin Frog) dangles precariously from his pocket.
Pooh has undertaken to get Piglet back from Kanga...and is distressed to see the changes in Piglet after his bath...Pooh is saying "But you don't LOOK like Piglet!" In the scene: Pooh, Piglet, Kanga, and Roo (Tina Farmer).
Having decided that he can't get Piglet back on his own, and having failed to enlist Owl and Eeyore to help, Pooh's gone to Rabbit's House in hopes that Rabbit will help. Rabbit's fed Pooh all the honey and marmalade in the house, as a delaying tactic...meanwhile, a runaway Roo has arrived. Rabbit and Pooh agree to try to trade Roo for Piglet, when Pooh, quite full of honey, gets stuck leaving Rabbit's House. Kanga, quite hysterical at Roo's absence, has arrived, Piglet in tow, and can hear Roo inside but can't get him back. In picture: Roo, Rabbit, Pooh, Kanga, Piglet.
Kanga has traded Piglet for Pooh in her cleanup campaign...Rabbit, Eeyore (Marcus Hendricks), Young Skunk, Owl (Madelyn Andre), and Young Rabbit enter to find Piglet, minus white gloves and bow tie, rolling in the dirt in an effort to return to his natural state.
Pooh has been seen in the distance being bathed by Kanga....never to return to his normal self. Piglet bemoans, "He was my best friend!" while Eeyore, Rabbit and Owl comfort him.
Pooh, having discovered that Kanga's dreaded Strengthening Medicine was honey-based, has drunk it all, and Kanga has given up in disgust, vowing to limit her cleaning efforts to Roo in the future. All the animals in the forest now can celebrate Pooh's birthday happily, and Christopher Robin (Gina Raffin) has brought a birthday cake, a present of a big pot of honey, and oodles of Tootsie Rolls to the party, which the animals will momentarily be throwing to the audience. In picture: Young Skunk, Young Rabbit, Piglet, Pooh, Christopher Robin, and Owl, standing; kneeling are Rabbit and Eeyore.
This is the cast, minus Chuck Kaffka, stage manager and Offstage Voice, who was off doing something resembling real work backstage while we were doing the pictures....back row, left to right: Eric Atkinson (Pooh), Heather Lynn Young (Rabbit), Shannon Lisewski (Young Rabbit); in front of Eric: Gina Raffin (Christopher Robin & Grey Rabbit). Middle row, left to right: Wendy Staal (Kanga), Marcus Hendricks (Eeyore), Jennifer Zurawicz (Young Skunk). Front row, left to right: Madelyn Andre (Owl), Tina Farmer (Roo), Megan Zurawicz (Piglet).
Other Bodies without whom the show could never have happened: Vernon Schwartz, our beloved director; Jon Jenkins, our lighting designer, and Steve who ran the lights; Bethany Zurawicz, who did both props and sound; Joyce Sluis and Diane Kaffka, the box office mavens; the killer concessions crew, Min and Joey and Barry and Scott and Dawn and Jon, Pat and Kim and Steven and even Ossifer Tim!, not to mention Mrs. Braun who always bakes such wonderful goodies....and our tireless ushers, René, Dawn, Matt, Paul, Joey, Amy, Kim....Sarah Staal, mascot and bear handler....Special thanks to Dawn for saving our butts one day, she knows what she did (wink)....
And always, to Mistress Ellie, theatre manager extraordinaire, who always manages to pull it all off one way or another, no matter what happens.
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