WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Page Theatre will host the Enchantment Theatre Company performance of “My Father’s Dragon” on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. as part of a nationwide research opportunity with Purdue University.

This 60-minute, family-friendly performance is an interpretation of Ruth Stiles Gannett’s Newberry Honor-winning children’s book that tells the story of 9-year-old boy Elmer Elevator who sets out to save a baby dragon being held captive by animals on Wild Island. In his quest to save the baby dragon, Elmer meets a variety of talking animals and has many adventures.

Enchantment Theatre Company has been touring since 1979. They perform for more than 120,000 children and families each year throughout North America and Canada. The company began their “My Father’s Dragon” tour in Sept. 2017 in Glenside, Pa. and will travel with this performance until May 2018. The company’s signature style — which includes puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects, and original music — will be familiar to those who attended Winona performances of “Peter Rabbit Tales” in 2015.

Several Winona-area schools are attending matinee performances of “My Father’s Dragon” on Thursday, Feb. 22 and will also be participating in a nationwide research study conducted by Purdue University. The study is designed to examine the impact of live performance on learning and reading comprehension.

As part of the experience, the public is invited to attend two additional events. A free event geared toward children grades kindergarten through five will be held at the Winona Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 10 beginning at 12 p.m. And a workshop for children grades three through six will take place on Monday, Feb. 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Saint Mary’s Page Series production of “My Father’s Dragon” are $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. For more information or to get tickets, visit pagetheatre.org or call 507-457-1715 (12-6 p.m. weekdays).

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