‘Frindle’ explores power of words, language

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of language, Andrew Clements’s “Frindle,” presented by the Griffin Theatre Company, comes to life on the Loeb Playhouse stage of Purdue University’s Stewart Center at 7:00p on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009.

Purdue Convocations will present an imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of language on stage on Oct. 1. Frindle is based on a book about a 10-year-old who decides to loosen things up in a classroom led by a no-nonsense teacher. (Photo courtesy of Brad Simon Organization)

Purdue Convocations will present an imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of language on stage on Oct. 1. Frindle is based on a book about a 10-year-old who decides to loosen things up in a classroom led by a no-nonsense teacher. (Photo courtesy of Brad Simon Organization)

The performance, part of Purdue Convocations’ family series, is recommended for children ages 8 to 12.

Based on the book by author Andrew Clements, the play follows 10-year-old Nick Allen, a creative kid with a lot of ideas; teachers know him as “trouble.” But it looks like his fifth-grade language arts teacher might put an end to his troublemaking days. Everyone knows that Mrs. Granger has X-ray vision, and nobody gets away with anything in her classroom.

When Nick decides to liven things up in Mrs. Granger’s class, he comes up with his greatest plan ever. He invents a new word for a pen: frindle. It doesn’t take long for frindle to take root, and soon the excitement spreads beyond the school and town and unleashes a series of events that rapidly spins out of control. His parents and Mrs. Granger would like Nick to put an end to all this nonsense. But frindle doesn’t belong to Nick anymore. All he can do now is sit back and watch what happens.

“‘Frindle’ is-about discovering the true nature of words, language, thought, community, learning,” says Clements. “It’s also about great teaching and great teachers, and about the life that surges through corridors and classrooms every school day.”

Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster outlets. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more can be ordered at (765) 496-1977.

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 30 to 40 performances of widely varying genres: Broadway-style shows, theater, dance, children’s theater, world music, jazz, and chamber music, along with rock, pop, country and comedy attractions. With a vision for connecting artists and audiences in artistic dialogue and for drawing in academic discourse, Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

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