Cows That Type, Hens On Strike!

Cardinal for Kids presents the musical based on Doreen Cronin's children's book 'Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type.'

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Photo: Kevin MacDowell

Kevin MacDowell's "Kid Kazooey" in action.

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Click, Clack, Moo

Book by Billy Aronson, Lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila, Music by Brad Alexander, based on the book by Doreen Cronin


Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

October 8-October 16, 2011

BCT Box Office 323 3020

Everybody who came to Farmer Brown’s barn knew it was too cold, and some said so, but it’s only lately that he’s been getting typed notes of complaint from the cows themselves. The whole story, including the striking chickens, is in Doreen Cronin’s books Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type.

Cardinal’s Commitment

Now there’s a musical based on those stories. The Cardinal Stage Company’s Cardinal for Kids is producing it. “It’s part of Cardinal’s commitment to providing high quality artistic experiences for children” says Cardinal’s new director of communications and marketing, Eleanor Berman. “It is theatre for kids produced by adults and performed by adults that is at the same level as any other production of the season. It’s a great way to introduce a new generation of theatre-goers to the magic of theatre.”

The Magic

For some of that magic, the production in part is relying on what area musician Kevin MacDowell calls “the spontaneous magic of Kid Kazooey.”

“The music to this children’s book is actually very Broadway-sounding, and rather sophisticated. It’s actually scored for a regular pit orchestra,” says MacDowell. “We’re scaling it down for the performance but still working to have plenty of rhythm and variety.”

“I’ve arranged it for tenor banjo, my trademark kazoo, accordion, and electric guitar. I’ll be wearing tap shoes and sort of doing my one-man-band-type thing to represent some of the clicking and clacking going on.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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