Midwest Trust Center and What If Puppets present Animal Amigos

Gather โ€˜round the Tree of Life for retellings of delightful Mexican folktales!

October 16, 2023

Join the Midwest Trust Center for a bilingual retelling of “The Adventures of Tio Conejo” and

“Medio Pollito.” Performances are December 6-9 in Polsky Theatre. Times vary; see website for the full


The Adventures of Tio Conejo

Meet Tio Conejo (Uncle Rabbit), a trickster character found in traditional stories popular in Venezuela,

Mexico and other Latin American countries. Tio Conejo is on the run from hungry Coyote, who would

like nothing more than to make rabbit soup for supper! Clever Tio Conejo won’t let that happen and

finds ways to outsmart Coyote again and again. Tio Conejo discovers the ultimate refuge from Coyote...

rocketing himself to the moon, where tradition says you can still see him to this day.

Medio Pollito

Hear the story of the little half-chicken born with one leg, one wing, one eye and half a beak. Bullied by

his siblings for being different, Medio Pollito sets off for Mexico City, hoping to find his place in the

world. Along the way, he befriends and rescues Water, Fire and Wind, who teach Medio Pollito that

despite his shortcomings, he can find ways to help those in need. His new friends return the favor when

Medio Pollito has a close call with a chef eager to make chicken soup!

Over the past three decades, What If Puppets has captivated nearly 2 million people through its

productions and educational programming. Audiences delight in the craftsmanship of the puppets,

which range from glove puppets to marionettes to innovative shadow and object-based puppetry. They

use humor and heart to present stories that connect to the complex social-emotional experiences of

young audiences.

Purchase tickets to Animal Amigos at or call 913-469-4445 Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.