Fri, May 8 | 10am & 12pm

60 minutes

Showtime is 10am & 12 Noon, please arrive at least 30 minutes prior.

“Cows that type?  Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!” Farmer Brown cries.

When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a tech-free zone. He takes her laptop in the cold barn with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets.

“No way,” replies Farmer Brown. “No blankets!”

So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets? No milk! No eggs!

Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously moving musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.


Recommended Grade Levels: K – 4th
Approximate Running Time:
 60 Minutes
Curriculum Connections: Communication & Language Arts, Music, Relationships & Family
Themes: Standing Up for Your Beliefs, Conflict Resolution, Cooperation, Communication Beyond Language, Farming, Responsibility, Family

Original Credits
Book by Billy Aronson
Lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila
Music by Brad Alexander
Based on the book by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsy Lewin
Original Direction by John Rando
Original Choreography by Wendy Seyb
Scenic Design by Beowlf Boritt
Costume Design by Lora LaVon
Orchestrations by Brad Alexander

Fun Fact: Writers Billy Aronson, Brad Alexander, and Kevin Del Aguilla all work together on the Emmy Award-winning series Peg + Cat.

Tickets: $12 per person. Groups of 15 or more: $10 per person & groups will receive one free chaperone ticket with every 15 paid. Additional chaperone tickets available for $10 per person.

Special Assistance: The Garde is equipped with wheelchair seating positions and accessible bathrooms. Wireless listening systems are available by reservation. Please indicate special needs at the time of your reservation. Wheelchair seating is available in the orchestra only.


Please Note: Due to time constraints the Garde requires that students arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to performance time.