SCFTA brings The Boy Who Cried Wolf to Samueli Theater on April 27-28

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) presents The Boy Who Cried Wolf in Samueli Theater from April 27-28. Tutti Frutti’s adaptation of this timeless fable will bring a fresh, contemporary twist to the narrative while staying true to its core themes. This enchanting production captivates audiences of all ages with a journey of discovery, laughter, heartfelt lessons and beautiful live music. Families will not want to miss this opportunity to see the classic tale come to life with gifted actor-musicians, comical sheep and even a scary wolf or two.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf will be performed on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. (SF/R) and 1 p.m. and on Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m. (ASL) and 3:30 p.m.

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“The Boy Who Cried Wolf” was inspired by Aesop’s famous fable

Silas is from a family of shepherds and must do right by his mother and granddad as he reluctantly takes on the responsibility of watching their sheep up on the mountain over the winter. Silas doesn’t want to be a shepherd, but his grandfather is growing old, and Silas is told he must inherit his job. Every winter there is a village party and a knitting competition for the best sweater. But Silas must tend the sheep and he misses the party. Alone on the mountain with only the sheep as company Silas cries WOLF! But has he gone too far? And will anyone believe a liar even when they are telling the truth?

Written by playwright Mike Kenny, created by UK-based company Tutti Frutti, and inspired by Aesop’s famous fable, this is a beautiful wintery tale featuring a gifted ensemble of actor/musicians who play instruments and sing live as they embody all the delightful characters, including hilarious sheep and perhaps a scary wolf or two. All set in a village of knitters, ultimately, Silas finds a place for himself (and his imagination) in his warm woolly community. The Boy Who Cried Wolf is ultimately a story about family, speaking the truth, and taking responsibility.

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In “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” Silas finds a place for himself

Tutti Frutti Productions, led by artistic director Wendy Harris, has created high-quality, inventive theater performances for children ages 3+ and their families for more than 30 years. From their base in Leeds, England, they produce a mix of delightful shows that are either brand-new stories or fresh adaptations of much-loved fairy tales and fables, which tour to schools and theaters around the UK, and internationally to the U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore. Kenny – an award-winning English writer specializing in young people’s theater – has adapted the classic The Boy Who Cried Wolf from one of Aesop’s Fables into a rip-roaring all-sensory delight for the entire family, which brings a new dimension to the famous tale.

According to Wendy Harris, “As a children’s theater company from Leeds, England, we are thrilled to tour a production around the U.S. for the third time. We are proud of our experienced team who have created a brilliant show, with its English charm, live music and creative storytelling, suitable for children and all the family.”

All performances include one hour of free, fun activities for families to enjoy together before the show in the Samueli Theater lobby. The Center offers these enriching experiences to provide young people and their families with opportunities to play together creatively, explore the themes and content of the performances and connect with other patrons at the Center.

The performance at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 is a Sensory Friendly/Relaxed (SF/R) performance and the performance at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 will provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation.

Tickets for The Boy Who Cried Wolf are $20 and are available online at, in person at Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, or by phone at 714.556.2787.

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