Arthur Ransome wrote a series of children's stories set in the English Lake District about two groups of children who have adventures while on holiday. The Walker children consider themselves to be explorers, and they do so in their dinghy, Swallow. The Blacketts live across the lake, and they're self-proclaimed pirates; their dingy is the Amazon. Together these young roustabouts bedevil "Captain Flint" (really the Walkers' Uncle James) to the point of frustration, while also battling each other on the "high seas" of the rather calm lake. Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series is more popular in England than in America, but that's only from lack of exposure; any imaginative, adventurous kid is bound to find a kindred spirit in either a Walker or a Blackett close to their own age. The COCA Theatre Company presents a musical adaption of Swallows and Amazons at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday (January 25 and 26) at the Center of Creative Arts (524 Trinity Avenue, University City; 314-725-6555 or The production, which stars children in the children's roles and adult actors as the grown-ups, is recommended for ages five and older. Tickets are $10 to $14.
Sat., Jan. 25; Sun., Jan. 26, 2014

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