Elephant and Piggie, Mo Willems’ beloved book characters, leap onto the Peace Center stage to dance their way into children’s and parents’ hearts alike.

Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play” follows the two on a journey that strengthens their friendship. 

“They support each other so much,” director Mia Phillips says. “They’re able to have fights and they’re able to make up.”

The duo share the fear that something will cause them to be mad at each other forever. But as all true friends do, they learn to forgive.

“Even when they’re afraid the show is over, they still cling to each other,” Phillips says.

The musical combines several of the children’s books in the stage adaptation. With peppy, upbeat, toe-tapping music, audiences will feel transported to another era.

Director Mia Phillips enjoys the true friendship seen between Elephant and Piggie. Photo by Will Crooks.

“When people hear the music, it’s going to remind them of songs from the late ‘60s or ‘70s,” Phillips says.

The audience will even get in on the fun, the director says, which may or may not include some dancing.

Playing as Elephant Gerald, Krissy Tucker describes her character as cautious and a careful thinker. “He loves throwing toys and hanging with his best friend Piggie,” Tucker says.

The duo are as close as two friends can possibly be.

“They can be themselves around each other and love to laugh and play,” Tucker says. “Friendship is an essential part of life — laughing together, crying together, and going through the good and bad times together.”

Playing the role of Piggie, Molly Davis says her character is basically a radiant 5-year-old princess. “She’s very bubbly but still very in tune with other people around her and the energies that are surrounded by her,” she says.

When it comes to her friendship with Gerald, Piggie takes things very seriously. “Wherever Gerald is, Piggie’s not far behind,” Davis says.

Molly Davis describes Piggie as vibrant and bubbly. Photo by Will Crooks.

While calling the play unapologetically silly and fun, Davis says it carries valuable lessons.

“How do you forgive your friend for breaking something of yours? That’s a level for young people but also for us adults as well to take these lessons with us through our lives,” she says.

A singing trio called The Squirrelles — with beehive hairdos and go-go boots — help fill the story with musical numbers. And, Piggie looks up to the trio that she considers to be cool.

Played by Sims Hall, Gianna Marullo, and Kaitlyn Hamilton, The Squirrelles are full of jazzy energy and sassy fun.

Before the show, audiences can enjoy a preshow party with their favorite things from the Elephant & Piggie books. Pink Mama’s Ice Cream will be on-site to sell sweet treats.

Elephant & Piggie’s ‘We Are in a Play’

When: June 15-16
Where: Peace Center Gunter Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Greenville
Tickets: $19-$28
Info: scchildrenstheatre.org

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