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*Award Winner - Outstanding Production and Critics' Pick at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival*
Bombus and Berylline
or, The Bumblebee and the Hummingbird
June 21 - July 7, 2012 at the Gremlin Theater
photo by Dan Norman
An award winning, light-hearted, family-friendly show, full of humor, adventure, and live music.

A touching story inspired by art, nature, and children's imaginations.
"It was a special night and there were two moons up and it is cold out and he wants to go home."
- Writer, age 9

Bombus and Berylline or the Bumblebee and the Hummingbird is an original work full of beautiful visuals, light-hearted music, and imaginative storytelling. The show is based on character concepts by company members Rachel Petrie and Ryan Lear, paintings from local visual artist Amy Crickenberger Oeth, and stories from children of all ages.

Berylline's number one goal in life is to be the first hummingbird to successfully complete the Midnight Flight and find the beautiful, nectar-rich Night Blooming Cereus. Her new acquaintance Bombus the Bumblebee knows how to find the elusive flower that only blooms once in a lifetime, but he's worried he might lose his new friend if she finds out that he can't fly. Together they have a fun-filled adventure and find out what true friendship is all about.

"Originally, Ryan and I were going to write a children's book based on the idea," says Petrie, "but, when the company started talking about new show ideas for the upcoming season, I thought it would make a fantastic theatrical production."

With this new direction in mind, Crickenberger Oeth created a series of paintings to serve as the inspiration for the two main character's adventures. These images were given to kids who then described what they thought was happening in the scenes. Four Humors collected the stories, and now director Dario Tangelson is leading actors Rachel Petrie and Jason Ballweber through a collaboration that will unwind the wildly imaginative narratives and weave them into a tale of adventure that's fun for the entire family.

"Working on this show is an absolute delight," says Ballweber. "We are learning a wonderful lesson from working with children; to quit editing ourselves and that if something isn't fun, it is our duty to make it fun."




June 21 - July 7, 2012

Mon., Thurs. and Fri. at 7pm
Sat. at 11am and 5pm
Sun. at 2pm and 5pm




Gremlin Theater
2400 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55114

Directed by Dario Tangelson
Collaborating Visual Artist Amy Crickenberger Oeth
Created by Four Humors and others

CAST:
Jason Ballweber
Ryan Lear
Rachel Petrie