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poohTheatre Young Kids Enjoy (TYKEs) marches on with its 16th season with the musical “A Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tail.”

Based on A.A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh” stories, the show opens on National Winnie the Pooh Day—Saturday, Jan. 18—in honor of Milne’s Jan. 18, 1882 birthday. Milne’s lovable Pooh Bear was inspired by a black bear named Winnie who lived at the London Zoo during World War I. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, went to see the bear often and named his own teddy bear after her and a swan named Pooh. This was the inspiration for the collection of books in 1926.

In this show that’s fun for the whole family, Eeyore, the old gray donkey, is miserable when he realizes he lost his tail the day before his birthday. Pooh and Piglet assemble all of their friends and relations, including a very bouncy Tigger, to organize a search – and a birthday celebration. This high-energy musical adventure revolves around the themes of friendship and teamwork.

“There is so much vibrant activity in this show, audiences will be amazed at the exuberance of the actors on stage,” says Freyda Schneider, director and founder of TYKEs. “The show blends strong comedic elements with some really beautiful and poignant moments.”

Show dates are Saturday, Jan. 18 and 25 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan.19 at 2 p.m., and Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Hart Theater at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Rochester. tykestheatre.org

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