2021 Season Cancelled
Young visitors can earn a virtual Jr Rootabaga Ranger badge by watching a clip from a performance here.
Free public performances of Rootabaga Express! and Spink, Skabootch and Swipes. These 30-minute programs feature the cast and directors from The Vagabond School of the Drama, an apprentice program of the Flat Rock Playhouse. Performances are held rain or shine, at the new park amphitheatre near the front lake.
Spink, Skabootch and Swipes - Wednesday and Friday Mornings
Rootabaga Express! - Thursday and Saturday Mornings
These shows are supported by the Flat Rock Playhouse and the park's bookstore, America's National Parks.
Apprentice actors from the Flat Rock Playhouse have performed adaptations of Sandburg's works for park visitors since 1974. Using Sandburg's own words from his collections of children's stories, poetry, folk music, biography of Abraham Lincoln and his own autobiography, more than enough material is available to provide visitors with a sense of the scope of his work and his imagination. Sandburg was an expert storyteller, and easily wove important messages of fairness, empathy and social justice into his writings. Whatever play you are able to attend you will walk away with a smile on your face and a better understanding of the legacy of Carl Sandburg.
Last updated: April 12, 2021