Aesop was a slave who told stories based on simple daily tasks to which he attached moral lessons. He lived in Greece around the year 600 BCE, but his stories have been passed down to our time in all sorts of versions and languages. “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “The Cat and the Mice,” “The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs,” “Town Mouse and Country Mouse, and “The Wolf and the Lamb” are Aesop’s tales that most of us have heard since childhood.
A new version of Aesop’s stories, written by Luis Alfaro and directed by Robert Castro, is currently playing at the Lewis Family Playhouse at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
Amielynn Abellera is Aesop, in this play a little bear cub that learns life lessons from other creatures and elements of nature that she meets while looking for her bear clan. Her adventures are set in Rancho Cucamonga, specifically in Victoria Gardens, so the audience can relate to all the places that the characters speak about.
Aesop’s clan is composed of four grown up bears played by Joe Hernandez-Kolski, Justin Huen, Michael Manuel, and Tony Sancho. Throughout the play they also become “homies” from East L.A., cacti, ants, lizards, even the moon.
You will see the actors dressed in funny costumes, prancing and dancing about, but make no mistake; these are accomplished actors that are working hard to bring delight to your family. As a group they are theater school graduates from USC, Princeton, and Yale, and have appeared on TV shows that you know well like as “NCIS:LA,” “Law and Order,” “Bones,” and “ER.”
“Aesop in Rancho Cucamonga” is less than an hour long, the perfect time to keep the attention of your little ones. It will play at the Lewis Family Playhouse tomorrow Sunday November 3 at 1 p.m., Saturday November 9 at 1 p.m. and at 4 p.m., and Sunday November 10 at 1 p.m.
Tickets range $16 to $18 and are available at www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com.