The Smartest Girl in the World
by MIRIAM GONZALES
directed by TBA
ABOUT THE SHOW
They’ve got a plan. Leo and Lizzy Martinez want to be the smartest kids in the world! The children of hardworking immigrants, big brother Leo has convinced his little sis that being smart is the key to helping their family escape a tough, uncertain reality. The first step in the plan—Leo will win the local TV kids’ quiz show. But when their parents refuse to let him join the quiz team, Lizzy learns there’s something deeper driving Leo—something that makes life that much more challenging and unpredictable for her brother and her family. Seeing her brother’s spirit broken, Lizzy is determined to grow up, give up her dreams and rescue the plan to see it through. Along the way, she and Leo discover that it takes more than being serious and “smart” to save a family and one another. The Smartest Girl in the World takes a look at the bonds of family and the key to facing life’s challenges together.
“What gives the play its staying power is how well it captures a child’s-eye view of reality, where storybook imagination blurs into the more mundane challenges of growing up.” —www.azcentral.com
“The beauty of the play … lies in these lessons revealed and learned about the centrality of family, the merits of striving, and the essence of character.” — www.broadwayworld.com
“The play succeeds in validating, elevating and educating.” — www.broadwayworld.com
“Heartfelt and funny yet full of warmth … includes witty dialogue and realistic characters who are full of determination and the desire to succeed.” — www.talkinbroadway.com
“[A] breezy tale … about siblings who move from a rose-colored view of each other to a more mature and growing love.” —www.dctheatrescene.com
“A fast-paced comedy with heart that zips through its running time without a moment’s pause and ends up creating the biggest smile you’ll have all day.” —Valley Screen and Stage
May 7 to June 5
Tuesdays to Saturdays 7pm
Saturdays & Sundays 2pm
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Beddington Theatre Arts Centre
one-act play, approx. 75 minutes
$27 child, $32 adult
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Storytelling, imagination, creativity and a family story
THEMES & TALKING POINTS:
Family, Immigrant Story, BIPOC artists and narrative, family values
SHOW HIGHLIGHTS from the original production
Watch scenes and conversations with cast and writer from the original production of the play in 2015.
STREAMING vs. IN-PERSON
If you buy tickets to our show, you will see the show!
It is our hope that all of StoryBook Theatre's 2020/21 Shows will be presented live at our home theatre, Beddington Theatre Arts Centre, under the most-current group gathering recommendations. As the provincial and municipal guidelines for public gatherings, and socialization shift and adjust, we are ready and prepared to do the same, moving closer and closer to bringing our community back together again and do what we do best.
Should group gatherings not be permitted during the dates of the show, the show will be offered in an online streaming presentation.
StoryBook will confirm the method of presenting 30 days prior to opening night by email. Changes to the means in which the production is presented will not merit a refund or exchange. Please see our policies for more information.
For more information regarding COVID-19 and how StoryBook plans to present theatre this season, please click here.