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Building Better People holiday presentation: The Gift of the Mad Guy

| November 18, 2016, 01:02 PM

madguy_255hBuilding Better People Productions, a professional theater offering positive live shows and classes for kids and families, launched in Annapolis, MD earlier this year, and has been presenting their brand of kindness through the arts ever since. Think of it as the arts equivalent to hiding veggies in a lot of cheese. 

Building Better People produces theater, featuring adult professional actors in shows for young audiences, that is based on character-building themes like kindness and respect. Their first show, “We Got It!”, is all about empathy and premiered this past Spring with public performances in Columbia and Annapolis, and started its fall tour of schools, churches and other venues. Our latest show is debuting just in time for the holidays. “The Gift of the Mad Guy” is the hilarious story of Jack, a gift-crazed child who believes that Christmas is about giving — specifically to HIM — until he is promised a REALLY big gift if he gives 3 of his gifts to others. Will Jack learn that the holidays are about more than getting?

We are pleased to be premiering “The Gift of the Mad Guy”, which was written by award-winning journalist Leslie Gray Streeter (who is also the twin sister of Lynne Streeter Childress, Building Better People’s founder and artistic director). The show debuts at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House on Saturday, December 10 at 11 AM, and tickets are available now.

BBP was created by Lynne Streeter Childress, a more than 20-year theatre veteran who’s made her living as an actor, singer, director, administrator and teaching artist, mostly for young audiences. Lynne has always believed in the power of the arts to cause people, particularly our kids, to think. And now, watching the increasing racial, political and economic divisions our kids are growing up with, she’s started Building Better People, which she says “came out of the idea that children start out open and ready to learn, and that reaching them when they are young with positive messages about respect and understanding, will help build better people, from the ground up.” 

Building Better People also offers specialized classes. Their Homeschool Play Production classes started with a short session in the spring, and are currently underway with a longer fall session in Annapolis, all with the same fun, positive themes seen in BBP’s shows. 

Building Better People Productions is so thrilled to bring its happiness to the Annapolis area and beyond. To find out more about “The Gift of the Mad Guy” or any of the other things that we do, contact Lynne Childress  at [email protected] or at (443) 906-0099, or check out their website at

  • The Gift of the Mad Guy by Leslie Gray Streeter, starring Lynne Childress and Liza Skinner
  • Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401, Saturday December 10 at 11 am
  • Tickets are free for kids 0-2 and $8 for ages 3 and up in advance at and $10 at the door.

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