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Posted: Saturday, May 7, 2011 1:30 pm

Two storybook classics are featured on the West Valley youth theater stages this weekend.

Theater Works’ YOUth Works production of “Winnie-the-Pooh” will play Friday in the McMillin Black Box Theater at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.

Audiences will follow Winnie The Pooh and Friends as “terrible” trouble begins. Kanga comes to the forest with soap for baths and spoonfuls of Strengthening Medicine. Something must be done! 

Winnie-the-Pooh is Christopher Robin’s chubby little bear of “very little brain,” who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat “a little something.” However, frantic adventures are always under foot and many problems requiring resolution with the assistance of such friends as Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger and the Wise Old Owl. A.A. Milne’s wit and special understanding of young people make this one of the most endearing children’s tales of all time.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students. For information, call 623-815-1791 or visit www.theaterworks.org.

Families and friends will have a chance to dine with Winnie The Pooh and friends. Enjoy Lunch at Pooh’s Corner with Eeyore, Roo, Piglet, Pooh ... and Tigger, too, at noon May 21, prior to the 1:30 p.m. matinee, and Supper at Pooh’s Corner at 5:30 p.m. May 21, prior to the 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $22 for kids and $26 for adults for the show and meal. Call the box office to purchase tickets for this special event.

Peoria Center for the Performing Arts is at 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria.

Creative Stages Youth Theatre in Peoria will open Jim Gradillas’ AriZoni Award-winning adaptation of “Snow White,” which closes the season.

“This play’s success was based on its craziness, hilarity, heart and that Marx Brothers feel to it,” said Gradillas, artistic director.

Gradillas said the play is not your typical Disney’s “Snow White.” Snow White is sweet, funny, curious, strong and trying to explore what the world has to offer.

“There has been a lot said about how parents feel about princesses, but I didn’t want to go with traditional.” Gradillas said. “I added new characters, and the play is so much more fun. The physical comedy is hysterical.”

Tickets for “Snow White” are available for 7 p.m. May 6, 13, 14, 20 and 21. The May 7 show is sold out. Tickets are $12. Visit www.csyt.org for tickets. Creative Stages Youth Theatre is at 19209 N. 83rd Ave., Suite 106, Peoria, behind Devney’s Dance, north of 83rd Avenue.

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