“Nothing” that’s really something up at Springer Children’s Theatre

(Source: Springer Opera House)
(Source: Springer Opera House)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Springer Children's Theatre opens a play that's about a nothing who is really something.

The play is Judy Blume's "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" and it really is something in the world of children's publishing. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" is the third best-selling children's book of all time, according to Publishers Weekly.

Peter Warren Hatcher is the fourth grader from the title, who feels like he's perpetually tormented by his little brother Farley, who's usually known as Fudge. Fudge is constantly getting his older brother into trouble with his parents, at school and in public.

Whether Peter is playing with his friends at the park, going to a birthday party or helping his parents entertain guests at home, Fudge is always there, in the way, creating mischief – and Peter has to straighten it out. And when Peter brings home a pet turtle, a calamitous new Fudge adventure begins.

This hilarious and affecting look at family life and sibling rivalries is performed in the Springer's second theatre in Foley Hall (entrance behind Mainstage Theatre on 1st Avenue) by a cast of professional adult actors and young people who are students of the Springer Theatre Academy.

Blume's novels for children and young adults have sold more than 80 million copies and been translated into 31 languages.

Blume has won more than 90 literary awards for her contributions to young adult literature. Several of Blume's other books appear on the list of top all-time best-selling children's books.

"Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" runs in Foley Hall at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 5 and 6. and 2 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.

For tickets or information, call the Springer Box Office at 706-327-3688 or visit springeroperahouse.org.

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