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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 18 2018

Given that this world-premiere musical is about the scientific process, it's fitting that Lifeline Theatre's new children's show utilizes so much lo-fi ingenuity and clever visual trickery to tell its story. Book writer James E. Grote reimagines the Montgolfier brothers' real-life invention of the hot air balloon from the perspective of its animal test pilots: an ewe, a duck, and a rooster. (Positive spoiler: they fare better than most four-legged aeronauts mankind has launched toward the sky.) Russell J. Coutinho's original music and lyrics include a handful of earwormy educational School House Rock-style toe tappers, and director Aileen McGroddy's cast is universally warm and engaging. And maybe the biggest treat for parents and children alike: it clocks in at a tight hour. —Dan Jakes

Price: $15

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