26 N Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014


NOVEMBER 9, 2022
10 am
produced by Theatre Works USA


“Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!” Farmer Brown cries. When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a tech-free zone. He takes her laptop in the cold barn with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets.

“No way,” replies Farmer Brown. “No blankets!” So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets? No milk! No eggs!

Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously moving musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

Approximate Running Time: 60 Minutes
Recommended Ages: Grades K through 4
Updated media materials for the 2022/23 Season are not yet available.

Book by Billy Aronson
Lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila
Music by Brad Alexander
Based on the book by Doreen Cronin with Illustrations by Betsy Lewin
Original Direction by John Rando
Original Choreography by Wendy Seyb
Scenic Design by Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design by Lora LaVon
Orchestrations by Brad Alexander

Quick Summary

Running Time: Approximately 60 Minutes
Recommended Age: Grades K – 4

Curriculum Connections:

  • Communication and Language Arts
  • Music
  • Relationships and Family


  • Standing Up for Your Beliefs
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cooperation
  • Communication Beyond Language
  • Farming
  • Responsibility
  • Family