Leonardo and Sam: The Terrible Monster and the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World, Respectively

Runs Apr 10May 16, 2021

Leonardo is truly a terrible monster—but he could be a really good friend. Manual Cinema tells Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems’s tale of a not-so-scary monster in a world premiere co-commission.

On Sale Tue. Oct. 13, 2020, 10 am

Using its signature style of shadow puppetry and interactive multimedia, Emmy Award®–winning company MANUAL CINEMA tells Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence MO WILLEMS’s tale of a not-so-scary monster. Leonardo is truly a terrible monster—terrible at being a monster, that is. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! But scaring people isn’t quite as satisfying as he thought it would be. Leonardo realizes that he might be a terrible, awful monster—but he could be a really good friend. Most enjoyed by 5+

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