Never underestimate the determination of a child! Kästner’s 1929 novella broke ground for the independent-children-versus-devious-adults story genre. Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen, but the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal? Streetwise city kids, a hard-working single mother, and Emil’s past brush with the law add grit and nuance to this satisfying tale. In Slingsby’s signature intimate theatrical style, Emil and The Detectives is told by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds, and a cinematic score.
Show Content:Recommended for ages 7+. This show features: acting, adventure, mystery, physical theater, projection, animation, humor, acrobatics, puppetry, communication skills, conflict resolution, compassion, empathy, coming-of-age, teamwork. The show will begin with a hands-on activity. The theater will be darkened during the show. Haze will be used during the show. There are elements of surprise and occasional loud noises.