In true cow fashion, it’s the lack of electric blankets — and a drafty barn — that agitate them toward revolution.
Of course, they sing and dance, too.
This is the story of “Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type,” a 60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved children’s book. In the book, Farmer Brown’s cows begin to issue demands with the help of a typewriter.
Other animals include a “dumb blonde hen,” said actress Taylor Ann Yaughn.
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The show is silly, never serious and often sophisticated.
“The musical style is pretty diverse and some of it is surprisingly not as simple as you would expect for a children’s show,” said Kayla Reid, who plays one of the show’s two titular bovines.
There are jazzy songs and waltzy songs and a song that references “Les Misérables.”
Trevor Comeau, who plays the typewriter-wise Duck, said the story may play to children, but the songs play to adults.
The trick in a production like this, which will run at Columbus State University’s theater before embarking on a semester-long tour of Georgia and Alabama elementary schools, is don’t underestimate your audience.
Some performances will be followed by talk-back sessions and meet-and-greets with the children.
“You don’t realize how smart kids are,” said Ashley Kimbell, who plays the second cow.
Kids are also honest. “Kids will yell at you or say things during the show. They will say things in the audience during the show,” said Jacob Demlow, who plays Farmer Brown. “So it’s more of an instant, ‘I’m doing this right, I’m doing this wrong.’”
The best thing is that everyone can be in on the joke — and the fun.
“That’s probably the best part about children’s theater is children’s theater is made for everyone,” Kimbell said.