Who’d ever think that a pig could help a farmer round up sheep? Oh. Right. You know about that seven Oscar- nominated 1995 movie. But who thought of that charming idea first? Answer: Dick King Smith in 1983 with Babe, The Sheep Pig.
Now, live on stage at The Rose Theater in a barnyard near you, Babe lives again to keep those furry wool-bearers in line. Smith and David Wood corralled this version a couple of years after the movie became such a hit.
The script poses the question: can such a small rotund creature make it in a dog’s world especially when farmyard friends are in trouble? “This is real theatre, with an appeal to all, from infant to octogenarian, in whom a sense of wonder and a bright imagination are alive and well,” enthused Eastern Daily Press.
That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.
Babe, The Sheep Pig performs Sept.8-24 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Fri.: 7 p.m. Sat. 2 & 5 p.m. Sun: 2 p.m. Tickets: $20 http://www.rosetheater.org