Children’s story takes the stage at NAU

Josefina Javelina

A theatrical adaptation of a popular children’s storybook about a javelina who persues her dream of becoming a ballerina will take the stage this month as part of NAU’s Peaks Theater Fest/Town and Gown Theater.

Josefina Javelina: A Hairy Tale, The Play, will be held at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. June 16-18 and 24-25 in the Studio Theater.

The performance is based on the storybook Josefina Javelina, written by Susan Lowell. Lowell will make an appearance during the week of the performance.

The play follows Josefina, who leaves home in search of her dream and who encounters several colorful characters along the way.

“Susan Lowell’s books are special,” said Kathleen McGeever, chair of the Department of Theater and the show’s producer. “They are uniquely Southwestern in flavor, yet associated with the tales that we know and love.”

The adaptation will be created by a team of professors from NAU’s Department of Theater, including theater professor and directorRobert Yowell; costumer designer Jennifer Peterson, technical director and lecturer of theater Benjamin Alexander, playwright adaptation by Darby Lofstrand; and publicity by Benjamin Grohs.

The production is co-sponsored by The Department of Theater. A suggested donation of $10 per family and $5 per individual will be taken at the door.

For information, call (928) 523-3781 or email