Pippi first appeared on the Scottish Rite stage in April 2013 and will be back by popular demand in February 2016.
Our first experience at the Scottish Rite Theater in Austin (21st Century Arts in a 19th Century Opera House) was for a concert back in August for the Red Yarn show. It was intimate, magical, and both our kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves…as much as we parents. We’ve been meaning to go back, but schedules have been hectic since Brooke began kindergarten yet when I saw that they were going to be doing a performance of Pippi Longstocking (some of my favorite books when I was little), I knew I had to take the girls. We are planning on going to one of the very first showings and the theater has dates for the play from February 6 through the 28, 2016! There are two showings each Saturday and Sunday, so your family has plenty of chances to catch the show!
Who is Pippi Longstocking?
Pippi Longstocking is a scrappy 9-year-old little girl who asks a lot of questions and always put bullies in their place. Pippi Longstocking (Swedish Pippi Långstrump) was created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren back in 1945 and she began a series of children’s books based on Pippi. Pippi was named by Lindgren’s then nine-year-old daughter, Karin, who asked her mother to write her a book when she was home sick from school one day and Pippi’s literary history began! There were three original picture books that were translated into English and there are many picture books and short books based on chapter excerpts from the original three. Two final stories were printed in 1979 and 2000. The books have been translated into 70 languages and adapted into several films and television series.
Nine-year-old Pippi is a beloved character, especially for girls, because she is seen as unconventional, assertive, and even has superhuman strength! Pippi is playful and unpredictable and frequently makes fun of unreasonable adult attitudes such as pompous and condescending adults. Her father is a buccaneer captain lost at sea and she has many adventurous stories to tell. When her father’s crew takes Pippi back to live at her family’s house as basically an orphaned child (who still whole-heartedly believes her father is alive somewhere out at sea) she has four best friends: two animals (her horse and monkey) and two humans (the neighbor’s children Tommy and Annika.) While Pippi is a friendly and kind girl, she doesn’t appear to have any “proper” manners and having no training or experience in how to behave in normal society, other than the very freewheeling and non-regimented one aboard her father’s ship. Along with a horse on the porch, a monkey in the kitchen and her best friends Tommy and Annika, this freckle faced, red-pigtailed, whirlwind of a girl in mismatched stockings is a delight for both children and adults. Pippi is considered “the strongest girl in the world”, which amazes people although the small town eventually take it all in stride. Pippi does not brag or even mention her extraordinary strength, though she is obviously aware of it. She is not a violent child but when circumstances require her to protect herself or others, she usually takes great care not to hurt anyone. In the first Pippi book, she neutralizes five large bullies singlehandedly, and she also engages two policemen, who were determined to take her to an orphanage against her will, in a game of tag. Naturally, Pippi ends up winning her freedom and becomes the ‘adult’ of her house living under her own rules and making life quite interesting for her childhood friends.
There are three full length Pippi Longstocking books:
- 1945: Pippi Longstocking
- 1946: Pippi Goes on Board
- 1948: Pippi in the South Seas
Join Pippi and her friends in this wonderful tale adapted to theater at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater as those around her indulge in a villa-full of zany antics! We are looking forward to seeing the show and I can’t wait to give you a full report of the show. Buy your tickets now before they sell out!
- Saturday February 6 – 11 AM & 1 PM
- Sunday February 7 – 12:20 PM & 2:30 PM
- Saturday February 13 – 11 AM & 1 PM
- Sunday February 14 – 12:20 PM & 2:30 PM
- Saturday February 20 – 11 AM & 1 PM
- Sunday February 21 – 12:20 PM & 2:30 PM
- Saturday February 27 – 11 AM & 1 PM
- Sunday February 28 – 12:20 PM & 2:30 PM
207 W 18th St
Austin, TX 78701
Supporters: This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department / Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
List Price: Child (12 and under) $8.00 ($9.27 w/service fee) Adult $12.00 ($13.41 w/service fee) 13 and older (Tickets Available at Will Call)