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Tuesday, April 13, 2010.

“Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” performs at Antelope Valley College

Antelope Valley College’s Theatre Arts Department will present Judy Blume’s beloved classic “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” this weekend at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the AVC Black Box Theatre, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

Tickets are $5 and may be reserved by calling the AVC Theatre Arts Department’s Ticket Hotline at (661) 722-6300, ext. 6728.  Any remaining tickets may also be purchased immediately before each show at the AVC Theatre Box Office.

Adapted for the stage from Judy Blume’s classic children's book, “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” takes a fun and honest look at the travails of youthful sibling rivalry as fourth grader Peter Hatcher tries to find a way to get his parents to pay attention to him instead of his baby brother, the disgustingly cute but terrible toddler who calls himself “Fudge.” 

As adults have the chance to reconnect with the magic of childlike wonder, children enjoy a story of youthful exuberance – and youthful frustrations.

Public performances include a post-show meet and greet with the cast and all kids will receive a packet of activity sheets to take home, including coloring pages, connect the dots, and word search puzzles.

“Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” began touring to local elementary schools March 25, and will continue a three-month tour that the college offers as part of its Theatre for Young Audiences program. 

The tour will continue until May 28, visiting schools in Lancaster and Palmdale, as well as Acton, Agua Dulce and Boron. “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” will eventually play to more than 5,000 elementary school children across the Antelope Valley. 

According to AVC Theatre Arts producer Jonet Leighton, the Theatre for Young Audiences program is “one of the most successful and visible examples of our desire to engage our local community with theatre of the highest quality.”