Theatre Young Kids Enjoy will continue its 15th season by collaborating with PUSH Physical Theatre for “Corduroy” on Jan. 12-20 at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave.
“Corduroy” — based on the books written and illustrated by Don Freeman — will appear in the Hart Theater at 11 a.m. on Jan. 12 and 19, 2 p.m. on Jan. 12-13 and 19-20, and 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 20.
The show follows a teddy bear, Corduroy, as he searches for his missing button in Freeman’s Department Store. As the night watchman pursues the store’s mysterious intruder, a little girl named Lisa is at home pleading with her mother to let her adopt Corduroy.
“For years, I’ve wanted to find the perfect collaborative show for PUSH and TYKEs to work on together,” said Freyda Schneider, founder and director of TYKEs. “The moment I read the ‘Corduroy’ script, I knew it was the one. This show is the ideal blend of physicality and comedy and, at the same time, tenderness. It’s both hilarious and poignant, and the combination of TYKEs’ direction and PUSH’s choreography brings this out in a way that is simply riveting. Audiences will be dazzled.”
The story about friendship features action and physical comedy choreographed by Heather Stevenson, co-founder of PUSH.
“I’ve been looking to get to work with Freyda and TYKEs for years, and ‘Corduroy’ just fit as the project to do together,” Stevenson said. “I’ve been having a ball. As the choreographer, my goal is always to help the cast members to find, develop and present their physical storytelling. I consider myself a coach and an editor, leading the collaborative process between myself, the director and the actors, helping them to own their creative decisions and perfect them for the stage to convey meaning as clearly as possible.”
“Corduroy” is directed by Wayne Dunbar, with musical direction by Jim Schmitt. The cast of local actors includes Ian Slentz as Corduroy, Rick Staropoli as the Night Watchman, Gwen Scott as Lisa’s Mom and aerialist Emily Lipski playing the store mannequin. Seventh-grader Alisha Turner, of Victor, plays the role of Lisa.
Tickets cost $18, or $16 for JCC members. Call (585) 461-2000 or visit for information.
TYKEs’ season will continue with “It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman” on March 9-17 and “The Pied Piper” on April 1-6.