Enjoy a laugh as Knuffle Bunny comes from Kennedy Center to Clayton Center

Knuffle Bunny gives a hug in a scene from “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale,” which will be coming to the Clayton Center on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Knuffle Bunny gives a hug in a scene from “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale,” which will be coming to the Clayton Center on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

When Robert Hutchens, executive director of the Clayton Center for the Arts, saw “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” at the Kennedy Center, it was a production he knew would be a great fit for Maryville.

What might be surprising is that Hutchens says it’s a great fit whether you are 9 years old or 69 years old.

“Individuals of whatever age can attend the performance,” says Hutchens. “Although it is designed for young children, the play has a lot to offer adults. The quality of the production is outstanding, coming from the Kennedy Center as it does.”

Hutchens said the story, written by Mo Willems, is targeted for children between the ages of 4 and 7. “But it is so creative and humorous that adults can enjoy it, too. There is a bumbling father who carelessly loses his toddler’s favorite stuffed animal at the Laundromat,” he said. “The way these characters are depicted is funny, children funny, adult funny.”

Hutchens, who saw the production at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., says he was impressed with the quality of the work. “I enjoyed the play as much as anything I can remember. The quality of the production was of a very high level and very ingenious, and although the characters were out of a storybook, the acting and singing of them were as professional as it gets,” he said. “Best of all was the reaction of the full house of children who were there. They were gleeful and laughing hard enough to fall out of their seats, particularly at the adult actress playing a toddler.”

There are two performances of “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale.” It will be presented at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The cost is $5 for children and adults alike.

For tickets, call 865-981-8590.

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