Barnyard Madness with the Three Pigs is a zany 1940s Country and Western romp and toe-tapping, finger-snapping musical comedy that follows the romantic antics and show business aspirations of the singing McPig Sisters and their wolverine admirers, proving once and for all that true friendship does not depend on size, color, background, nationality or even “species.” A cross between “Grand Ole Opry”, “The Three Little Pigs”, and drawing from all the happy moments of “Romeo & Juliet”, Barnyard Madness offers humorous, yet keen, insights into the dangers of falling in with the “wrong crowd,” the deceptive nature of stereotypes, and the importance of following your heart. Barnyard Madness is one of 15 original fairy tales that are part of the Santa Monica Playhouse award-winning Family Theatre Musical Matinee Series that cut across the imaginary generation gap by providing an experience that the entire family can enjoy.
Since its inception in 1969, the Santa Monica Playhouse Family Theatre Series has entertained close to a million audience members at its arts complex in Santa Monica, on tour all over Southern California, as well as internationally with the Playhouse American Cultural Youth Ambassadors. Special weekday performances, workshops and backstage tours are also available for student groups throughout the school year. “The power of theatre magic on all of us can be attested to by the ever-growing number of completely adult people who bring their children to the Family Theatre shows and insist on staying themselves,” says playwright Chris DeCarlo. “We now see three and even four generations of Family Theatre fans spending the afternoon together at the Playhouse.”
Shows are Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m., through September 28. Admission is $10.50 for children (12 and under); $12.50 for adults. Call about prices for the special birthday and tea Parties, available in conjunction with every performance. Reservations are necessary. Call 1-310-394-9779 ext. 2 or visit
The Santa Monica Playhouse The Main Stage is located at 1211 Fourth Street (between Wilshire & Arizona). By public transportation: take the Santa Monica Blue Bus or the LA Metro Rapid #720, exit 4th and Wilshire.

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