For the first time in over a decade, Storybook Island is bringing back their theater production.
Jacob Schendzielos is playing Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh series at Storybook Island. Schendzielos says, “Storybook Island reached out to Seraphim Theatrical Entertainment and put us under a contract to come out here and do some theater for them. It’s been about 12 years since there has been theater here in the Storybook Island Theater, and we’re very excited to bring it back to the area.”
Schendzieols continues, “So the play that we’re doing is Winnie the Pooh to bring awareness and help fundraise for the Winnie the Pooh exhibit out here at Storybook Island. And so we’re doing 4 mini short stories of Winnie the Pooh. And there at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Saturday. And we’ll do two short stories per time. If you come at 11 a.m., you’ll see our first two short stories that will last about 30 minutes. There’ll be a little bit of a break between that time and then you can come back at 2 p.m. and see our other two short stories about 30 minutes as well. They’re just really charming stories. You can’t go wrong with Winnie the Pooh. It’s a classic. And honestly, it’s just heartwarming to see theater brought back to here, especially through these stories. And all the actors do a phenomenal job. Our director is amazing. It’s just a good time – it’s free to get into the play itself. We do highly suggested donation, though. Like I said earlier, we are fundraising to rebuild the 100 acre wood here at Storybook Island.”
Jason Yeary, the actor playing Winnie-the Pooh says, “I am a big fan of Winnie the Pooh, shared it with all three of my kids, so I wanted to be able to bring it to other children.”
If you are looking for a bargain, Yeary says, ‘What is the best bang for their buck? And Storybook Island is theoretically free. They’re asking for a donation. But to come here, the kids can play with the characters…the little statues, and go through the tree. But then they’re able to come in here and kind of live some of that. Mom and Dad can take them back home, open up A. A. Milne books and read those stories. And the kids just lived it. They just saw it real life. So I think it adds a lot of value to the family.”
Yeary also recognizes, “A lot of attractions here at Storybook Island have in the past not been accessible for the physically handicapped. And that is the point of doing this to make this particular attraction available for children with different disabilities where they can participate like the rest of us. And I think if anybody looks in their heart and especially a parent, they’ll see that you want that opportunity for every child to be able to go through a log or to see Owl’s House or whatever have you.”
Winnie the Pooh asks everyone to “Please, this Saturday, come and see a wonderful performance at Storybook Island.”