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Oct 17 - 20, 2023  |  Mimi Ohio Theatre Leonardo! A Wonderful Show about a Terrible Monster School Matinee Performances

Event Times

  • Tue  |  Oct 17, 2023 10:00 AM
  • Tue  |  Oct 17, 2023 12:00 PM
  • Wed  |  Oct 18, 2023 10:00 AM
  • Thu  |  Oct 19, 2023 10:00 AM
  • Thu  |  Oct 19, 2023 12:00 PM
  • Fri  |  Oct 20, 2023 10:00 AM
  • Fri  |  Oct 20, 2023 12:00 PM
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Event Description

Based on the beloved children’s books by Mo Willems.

Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just... isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally get his chance to scare the tuna salad out of an unsuspecting human? Or will it be the start of an unlikely friendship? The plot thickens when this pair meets Kerry and Frankenthaler, an even scaredier-cat and her monster-friend. Kerry and Sam will need to make a big decision: will they be friends or will they be controlled by their fears?

Inspired by the books Leonardo: the Terrible Monster and Sam: the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World, and realized through puppets, projections, and live music, see how multimedia magic gets made when Manual Cinema tells the story of a monster who longs to be scary and the big decisions about identity and empathy that we all must make.

Recommended for grades: PreK-3
Running time: 45 minutes

The 10 a.m. performance on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 will have a sign language interpreter. Guests who need the assistance of the interpreter: please note this on your order form so we can seat you appropriately.

Included with registration:

  •  Teacher Resource Guide
  •  Pre-show Classroom Connection Workshop video

To request a field trip, please complete the online 2023-2023 School Field Trip Order Form by clicking the “Register” button on this page. Registrations and order by phone are not accepted, but we are happy to answer your questions. For assistance in choosing the best shows for your class, please contact the Education Hotline at 216-348-7909 or schoolprograms@playhousesquare.org.

Groups of 10 or more, $7 per ticket with one complimentary ticket for every 20 purchased
Groups of 9 or fewer, $12 per ticket.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District teachers: Thanks to a generous donation from the KeyBank Foundation, a limited number of free and reduced-cost tickets are available for CMSD schools and approved partnered schools (see eligibility list here). Contact us at 216-348-7909 or schoolprograms@playhousesquare.org for availability and ordering procedures.

Student Matinee Performances are presented by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.