Earthchild and the Waking Up: An Eco-Drama for Young Audiences

Date & Time:
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 9:30 a.m.
LeFevre Theatre, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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Theatre for youth at Saint Mary’s College is back!  After a forced hiatus over the past two years, the Performing Arts Department at Saint Mary’s is excited to announce that we will resume our annual January Term productions for young audiences in 2023.  Over the past 20 years, more than 60,000 students have attended our productions in Lefevre Theatre, and we are eager to renew our relationships with East Bay schools, teachers, and children in the coming months.


Our January 2023 production will premiere an original script, Earthchild and the Waking Up: An Eco-Drama for Young Audiences.  The play tells the story of a young girl who receives a message from the trees – “Help us!” - and sets out on a mythic journey to the Center of Power to relay it.  Along the way she makes friends, overcomes obstacles, meets animal allies, is healed by the Mother Tree, has insights about humanity’s interdependence with nature, and ultimately passes on her message to the Bigwigs at the Center of Power.  Will it be enough?  Will her words fall on deaf ears?  Come and find out!


Earthchild and the Waking Up will include puppetry, song, music, audience participation, and inventive staging that breaks down the boundaries between the stage and the auditorium.  The show’s running time will be a brisk 50 minutes, leaving time for a post-show enrichment activity: a 10-minute environmental literacy workshop led by the Saint Mary’s students involved in the production.  The workshop’s key theme will be the web of inter-being that connects humans with the rest of nature.  This theme will be illustrated with concrete examples, interactive exercises, and references to the Earthchild production.

For more information on the production or the environmental literacy workshops, please contact director Daniel Larlham, at

Earthchild and the Waking Up performs:

Jan. 24-27 (Tues.-Fri.) at 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM

Additional performances: Wed., Jan. 25 at 6 PM and Thurs., Jan. 26 at 4 PM 




$8 - 9:30 am and 11:30 am shows 

$12 - 6pm and 4pm shows

Ticket sales for general audience members will be available on this webpage in December.

For field trips, please follow the steps below to reserve the time and date for your class/school:

  1. Click on this Group Reservation Form before 10/31/22 and fill out the following info:
  • Please list your school name
  • Estimate of how many will be attending (include all drivers, parents, teachers, and students in your count)
  • Contact Name
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • 1st and 2nd choice of show DATES & TIMES
  • Indicate in the comments if you would like to reserve an outdoor or indoor area for eating before or after the performance.
  1. You will receive an email by 11/15/22 with your tentative confirmation and invoice.
  2. Please pay the invoice by the date requested to confirm your reservation. If you need additional tickets closer to the show, we will check the availability and send you an additional invoice closer to the show. Many of our morning shows completely sell out, though.
  3. If you need to cancel, you may do so by December 1, 2022, without penalty. Saint Mary's College follows conservative Covid guidelines. Patrons will most likely be asked to be masked, and we will most likely have socially distanced seating.

We look forward to seeing you and your class at the Saint Mary's College LeFevre Theatre! Thank you for your continued support of our program. Live theatre is a delight for all ages, but especially for the young audiences. Please share this with fellow K-4 teachers, as we may not have everyone in our system. Email Tara Sundy at or call (925) 631-4670 with any questions about reservations and logistics.



Tara Sundy
Performing Arts Department
Coordinator & Events Manager
(925) 631-4670

Additional Dates & Times: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 6 p.m.
Thursday, January 26, 2023 - 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 26, 2023 - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 26, 2023 - 4 p.m.
Friday, January 27, 2023 - 9:30 a.m.
Friday, January 27, 2023 - 11:30 a.m.
Earthchild and the Waking Up: a little girl holding a teddy meets a real bear in the forest