Original Opera and Theatre for Children and Adults
“Becky Butterfly and the Story of the Wayward Wasp “
"Becky Butterfly and the Story of the Wayward Wasp,” was written and composed by Kate Quinn, ©2011. It is a children’s musical play that focuses on a wasp who, by some strange event of nature, has been born a "male worker." In the insect world, "worker wasps" are always female, and "drone wasps" are always male. However, Kevin Wasp finds himself with a stinger (a gift that no drone has ever been given) and the ability to fly large distances and forage in meadows for nectar; activities usually reserved for "garden variety" female workers.
Because Kevin is obviously a male performing female tasks, no worker or drone wants to associate with him. They ostracize him, and bully him terribly. The queen wasp, who also finds Kevin strange, makes very little attempt to stop the other wasps from attacking him. Kevin takes his frustration and anger out on Becky Butterfly and her family by invading their meadow, implementing scare tactics, and attempting to kidnap their offspring (caterpillars).
Yet Becky does not take too kindly to being bullied. As she starts laying out the groundwork for her plan of retribution, she overhears Kevin lamenting about his plight at home. Becky is touched and realizes the truth that is underlying Kevin's bad attitude. His aggression does not merely reflect the nature of a wasp searching for food; it is actually the result of the frustration Kevin suffers from being so horribly ostracized and bullied by his peers.
Becky changes her mind about Kevin and decides to befriend him. She also hopes that her friendship will transform him from enemy to ally. Becky resolves to go to the queen wasp's nest on Kevin's behalf, to appeal to the queen's sense of justice and to beg her to abolish the bullying that Kevin has endured for so long.
Becky Butterfly is a sparkling, color-filled romp into the world of life-sized wasps and flighty, effervescent butterflies. It provides a joyous, exciting way to learn one of life’s most important lessons: “It’s OK to be different”. “Becky Butterfly and the Story of the Wayward Wasp” is a perfect afternoon’s entertainment for the entire family! Don’t miss it!!!!
Dates of Performances:
Sunday, October 2nd, 3pm
Sunday, October 9th, 3pm
Sunday, October 16th, 3pm
Targeted age range for children: 3-8 years old
Admission: Schools: no charge
Children under 10: no charge
Regular adult admission: $7.00
Students/Seniors/Children over 10: $5.00
Moralistic Message: It’s ok to be different, and bullying is unacceptable in any form