It's summertime in the meadow, and Frederick and his other friends in the mouse commune -- Ernest, Nellie, Sunny and Baby -- gather to enjoy the start of another glorious day: the buzzing of the bees, the fluttering of butterflies and the warmth of the glowing sun. Together they sing and plays games without a care in the world.
As summer quickly turns to fall, they each set about collecting supplies for the cold winter that lies ahead. All except Frederick, or so it would appear. For as Ernest, Nellie, Sunny and Baby gather nuts, seeds and berries to store in their winter hideaway, Frederick seemingly has had his head in the clouds, thoughtfully observing the world around him (much to the charmed delight of some and the envy and frustration of others).
But when the darkest days of winter finally arrive and the mice have exhausted their supply and worn thin their stories and games, it is Frederick who has stored up something special to help save the day.
Featuring a roots-flavored country and folk-infused score, Frederick
is an "enchanting" (Chicago Reader
), "charming and poignant" (Chicago Tribune
) new musical for youth and family audiences about friendship, community and the restorative power of the arts.
"Frederick teaches that people do not live by nuts and berries alone, but need cultural warmth." Chicago Tribune
"Reminds us of the importance of finding your own path, even when others may doubt the worth of such dreams... Playful, engaging adaptation highlights the importance of creativity." Chicago Critic
"The show also adds something subtle and remarkable, establishing a tranquil sense of the inevitability of change in a way young audiences can understand." Chicago Reader
"Captures all the warmth, beauty and imagination of Lionni's magical tale of an artist." Chicago Theatre Review