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Little Engine That Could

Storybook Theater’s ‘The Little Engine That Could’ goes online

Enjoy this local production in your home through Dec. 31.

Update, Nov. 11: Due to popular demand, this production has been extended through Dec. 31.

Are you and your kids missing live theater? Enter “The Little Engine That Could.”

I know I had looked forward to seeing “Mean Girls” at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre in August with my daughter and one of her cousins. And I had bought my husband tickets to “Jersey Boys” at the Fifth Avenue. Ah well. There will be more shows — someday.

In the meantime, local company StoryBook Theater, with help from some sponsors, is making available a production of “The Little Engine That Could” as a virtual experience.

This charming children’s show with the upbeat message (“I think I can! I think I can!”) can be streamed in your own living room. To enhance the experience, they’re also making available a Play Guide and a Curriculum Guide with material that amplify the show’s message through activities and games, plus a chance to learn more about live theater and the “real people” behind the story.

(And by the way, the “real people” in this performance adhered to all applicable COVID-19 health guidelines before and during filming.)

“The Little Engine That Could” is available to stream through Dec. 31. Go here to find the show and the supporting materials.

StoryBook Theater has performed for more than 500,000 kids in the greater Seattle area since 1998 with a troupe of professional actors and musicians performing original musicals based on familiar fairy tales.

More virtual experiences:

Online learning from Seattle-area museums, etc.

About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.