Creativity, innovation, and perseverance–these are qualities any parent wants to instill in their child, boy or girl. Author Andrea Beaty knows too well how hard that last one can be, especially when you’re a young girl interested in figuring out how the world works. That’s why she wrote ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER in 2014, a well-loved picture book about a young female inventor and the challenges she faces from adults that don’t take her seriously (something any kid of any age can relate to!). The delightful rhyming prose, paired with bright and inventive art by David Roberts, celebrates the joy in discovery as well as in failure. ROSIE and her friends ADA TWIST, SCIENTIST and IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT, are making science cool again, with empowering tales for curious kids who think that maybe science (or the rest of the STEAM curriculum) isn’t for them.
What could possibly make these characters more engaging? Starring in a musical, of course! Theaterworks USA, one of the leaders in Theater for Young Audiences touring productions, has gone full STEAM ahead and adapted Rosie, Ada, and Iggy for the stage. The hour-long show brings kids face-to-face with these fantastic characters while inviting them to join in the celebration of Science, Technology, the Arts, and Mathematics.
We at the Michigan Theater, along with Toyota and our community partners, find this kind of joy infectious. That’s why we’ve decided to throw a party beforehand! We’ve invited our friends from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, students from the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Nicola’s Books, and the Rosies (both tribute and original!) from the Yankee Air Museum to come share their love of science with you. We’ll have interactive exhibits, a chance to meet an working female engineer from Toyota, displays from members of Huron High’s WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Club, and more!
This STEM party takes place Sunday, December 2 at 12:00pm; the show follows at 1:30.
Interested in learning more? Check out michtheater.org/Rosie for more details.