Looking for a great way to entertain your kids, while also educating them about important community, social, and multi-generational issues? Look no further, “Four Found a Mountain” is a play that will do both with a little humor, a dash of magic and a whole lot of adventure.

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photo: via Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program

Put on by Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program, in collaboration with Oregon Children’s Theatre, this play is sure to please parents and kids alike. The cast (complete with a child-aged private-eye) conquer issues such as community health, social cohesion, and multi-generational community building in an uplifting way that will appeal to even your youngest theater-goers.

Four Found a Mountain’s storyline focuses on a  group of feisty kids including Lily, Brian, Arlo, and Mickey, the twelve-year-old private eye, who all work together to solve the town’s oldest mystery and in an effort to save their hometown which is caught in the middle of a devastating drought. It has been described as a “Goonies-esque adventure story,”which is sure to bring back great childhood memories for mom and dad, and as the audience follows the kids on their adventures, the parallels between the characters, their town, and Portland’s own diverse population is easy to draw.

Your kids are sure to come out of the play with some new social tools and a new view of the unique and wonderful place we get to call home.

As if the play wasn’t exciting enough, there will also be an interactive lobby experience complete with student poster art, an audio installation of elder care residents, a photo gallery with an interactive map, and a slew of other activities designed to spark interest and discussion among play-goers.

This is a distinct and relevant story that parents and kids alike will fall in love with. Be sure to get there early!

The activities and play are appropriate for all ages, and the show is free!
Showtimes: Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Sept. 25 at 2 p.m.
Location: JADE/APANO Multicultural Space 8114 SE Division Street
Online: etpnorthwest.org

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—Emily Hogan