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“How To Eat Like A Child And Other Lessons In Not Being A Grownup”.

The show was an hour of high-energy, good-natured fun with Broadway-style musical numbers and sketches that demonstrated that (in the words of the opening number)

“Even though you’ve grown up and lost your effervescence,

It doesn’t mean you can’t have fun…it just means you need lessons!”

The musical  version of “How To Eat Like A Child”  started life as a television special that aired on NBC in 1981. It was based on the book of the same name by Delia Ephron. The show starred  Dick Van Dyke as the resident "grown-up" alongside 15 children (8 boys and 7 girls) ranging in age from 7 to 13. Several of the special's young performers would subsequently go on to achieve child stardom in their own right – most notably, Corey Feldman, Billy Jacoby and Georg Olden.  

After its success as a television special, the show was released as a stage show for children or teenagers to perform and for both children and adults to enjoy.

Unicorn Theatre’s enthusiastic young cast had great fun giving the audience lessons in such topics as “How To Beg For A Dog”, “How To Torture Your Sister”, “How To Act After Being Sent To Your Room”, “How To Ride In The Car”, “How to Behave in School”, and “How To Eat Like A Child, Parts I-IV”. Kids in the audience identified with their on-stage counterparts, and adults smiled as they looked back at their own misspent youth.