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Manual Cinema Presents: Leonardo! A Wonderful Show about A Terrible Monster

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?

This live theatre production is adapted from the beloved children’s books by Mo Willems, and realized through live actors, 3D puppets, DIY cinema, and immersive sound by critically-acclaimed multimedia artists Manual Cinema. Leonardo! tells the story of a monster who longs to be scary and the big decisions about identity and empathy that we all must make.

Leonardo! will received its world premier at the Chicago Children's Theater Jan 29, 2022.

Created by Manual Cinema
Inspired by the Books Leonardo, The Terrible Monster & Sam, The Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World by Mo Willems
Directed by Sarah Fornace
Leo Sam friends Image by Manual Cinema Characters Mo Willems
Leonardo A Wonderful Show 01
Kerry
Leo and Sam
Leo and Ms Heberdis

Image by Manual Cinema, Characters © Mo Willems

Credits

Created by Manual Cinema

Inspired by the Books Leonardo, The Terrible Monster & Sam, The Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World by Mo Willems

Directed by Sarah Fornace

Adaptation by Sarah Fornace and Drew Dir

Storyboards Drew Dir

Original Score & Sound Design Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter

Dramaturgy by Megan Alrutz

CAST

Leah Casey (Kerry, Puppeteer)

Lily Emerson (Emily, Narrator, Character Voices, Vocals)

Julia Miller (Sam, Puppeteer)

Lindsey Noel Whiting (Leonardo, Puppeteer)

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