Thursday February 7, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- With blessings from author Munro Leaf’s estate, Peter Gould, with NEYT’s Junior Company, has created a new adaptation of a favorite childhood tale, "Ferdinand the Bull," which runs Feb. 15-23 at NEYT, 100 Flat St.

This is the classic short story of the Spanish bull who refuses to fight and who wants to just sit quietly and smell the flowers.

Gould says, "What a role model for our students: Ferdinand, a bull apart; Ferdinand, big, strong, and muscular. Ferdinand, refusing to join his brothers in banging heads and bellowing. Ferdinand, unwilling to perform for an audience hungering for blood!"

Ferdinand is more than a bull who says no. He knows himself. He’s active, proactive and decisive. He wants to go and just sit quietly and smell the flowers, and he’ll seek the peace in a loud, bullying, jackbooted world where books about him are piled up and burned.

This adaptation will come to rollicking, dancing, singing new life with the energy of 25 NEYT Junior Company Actors, who will be exploring the Spanish language in the second half of the production.

"Ferdinand the Bull" performs on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, at 4 and7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for seniors, and $12 for adults.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at