Hylton Family Series

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall


Gerald the Giraffe loves to dance, but his long legs make him clumsy, and the other animals in the jungle laugh at him. What’s a giraffe to do? Enlist the help of a violin-playing cricket, of course, until he finds a tune he can groove to with joyful abandon! The beloved storybook Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees celebrates its 20th anniversary with this richly imaginative musical adaptation told with puppets, African rhythms, and of course—dancing! Brought to life by Wishing Star Productions, Giraffes Can’t Dance encourages Gerald, and audience members of all ages, to dance to the beat of their own drums. With a resounding message of the power of self-acceptance, Giraffes Can’t Dance will have everyone in the audience on their feet, confidently showing off their moves. (Recommended for ages 3 to 8)

The 2 p.m. performance will be sensory friendly. These performances are designed to create a welcoming and comfortable arts experience for people with autism, sensory sensitivities, or other social, learning or cognitive disabilities.

Tickets: $15

Giraffes Can’t Dance The Musical

Book & Lyrics by Gloria Bond Clunie

Music by Elton Bradman and Leela Oleszkiewicz

Based on the book by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Produced by Wishing Star Productions, LLC


Based on the book by Giles Andrea and Guy Parker-Rees

Published by Hachette Children’s Group 

Text © Purple Enterprises Limited, a Coolabi Group Company 

The program for this performance will be available the week of the event. View digital program.

Please join us before the performance of Giraffes Can't Dance for family-friendly craft activities in our lobby, the Didlake Grand Foyer.

A limited quantity of free student tickets will be available two Tuesdays prior to the event. Learn more.

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