Winnie-the-Pooh Comes To Atlanta In New Exhibit, Musical, Play Space

"Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic" is at the High Museum of Art from June 3 through Sept. 2.
The “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” exhibit is at the High Museum of Art from June 3 through Sept. 2. Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic: Line block print, hand colored by E.H. Shepard, 1970 © Egmont UK Ltd, reproduced with permission from the Shepard Trust.

A beloved character to children and adults alike, Winnie-the-Pooh is making a big impact in Atlanta this summer through an art exhibit at the High Museum of Art, a musical from Alliance Theatre and an interactive play space inspired by the Hundred Acre Wood.

Up first is the High’s exhibit, “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic,” which opens June 3 and runs through Sept. 2. Admission is $14.50 for visitors over the age of five and free for those under five.

The exhibit features more than 200 works that span 90 years of Pooh history.
The exhibit features more than 200 works that span 90 years of Pooh history. Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic: “The bees are getting suspicious, ”Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 1, pencil drawing by E. H. Shepard, 1926 © The Shepard Trust.

The High describes the exhibit as “the first of its kind in over 40 years to explore the origins, creation and enduring legacy of the classic stories by A.A. Milne (1882–1956) and illustrations by E.H. Shepard (1879–1976) that have captured the hearts of generations of readers.”

The exhibit includes more than 200 works that span 90 years of Pooh history, from 1920 to the present and is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

It also continues the High Museum’s series of shows celebrating the work of children’s book authors and illustrators.

“For many children, book illustrations are their first introduction to art,” said Virginia Shearer, the High’s Eleanor McDonald Storza director of education, in a press release. “These exhibitions at the High help to foster a lifelong love of art and spark creativity for thousands of our young visitors.”

“Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic,” includes original illustrations, manuscripts and proofs along with early editions, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion — all featuring the much-loved character and his friends: Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit and Tigger.

If you want more Pooh, also catch story time in the lobby of the Museum’s Anne Cox Chambers Wing on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. for the duration of the exhibit. Each day features a chapter from A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh or The House at Pooh Corner.

The High Museum's exhibit highlights A.A. Milne’s unique storytelling style, including his wonderful and humorous use of language.
The High Museum’s exhibit highlights A.A. Milne’s unique storytelling style, including his wonderful and humorous use of language. Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic: A.A. Milne, Christopher Robin Milne and Pooh Bear, by Howard Coster, 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London.

The exhibit’s opening is followed closely by Alliance Theatre’s “Winnie-The-Pooh,” running June 7 through July 8. Tickets range from free to $15.

The musical is based on the stories by A.A. Milne.

Audiences can journey through the Hundred Acre Wood with Pooh Bear and his friends as they tackle numerous adventures and learn about the value of friendship.

Featuring a series of delightful songs, Alliance Theatre says this play promises to remind you that “a little thought for others makes all the difference.”

Director Leora Morris describing the set design on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of "Winnie-the-Pooh."
Director Leora Morris describing the set design on the first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of “Winnie-the-Pooh.” Set Design by Mariana Sanchez. Photo by A’riel Tinter.

For the littlest visitors, Alliance Theatre’s “The One Acre Wood” is an interactive play space for ages newborn through two years old located Joe Bankoff Gallery at the Woodruff Arts Center, which is located in the northeast corner on the first floor of the Memorial Arts Building at the Woodruff Arts Center.

This play space is open June 9 through July 15 and is free to explore.

Alliance Theatre describes it as a “safe, interactive, and creative environment that will engage all of the senses and introduce babies to the joy of theatre and the wonder of nature.”

The first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of Winnie-the-Pooh.
The first day of rehearsals for the Alliance Theatre’s 2018/19 production of Winnie-the-Pooh. Photo by A’riel Tinter.

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