In Peter Rabbit’s first tale, Peter disobeys his mother by sneaking into Mr. McGregor’s garden, eating as many vegetables before he gets caught. Peter Rabbit is back at it again, but this time he’s taking money right from taxpayers’ pockets!
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded $20,000 to the Enchantment Theatre Company of Philadelphia “to support the creation and national tour of ‘Peter Rabbit Tales,’ a theatrical stage production of the tales of Beatrix Potter.” “The production will blend puppetry, masked actors, dance, and pantomime.” Tickets for “Peter Rabbit Tales” range from $4 to $15, but vary based on where the show is playing.
This is the sixth year the Enchantment Theatre Company of Philadelphia received an NEA grant, all totaling $135,000. Past shows funded by taxpayers include: Tales from the Arabian Nights, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, The Adventures of Harold the Purple Crayon, and Pinocchio.
Educational programs, including the arts, are vitally important for our children. Having run up debt and obligations of nearly $1 million per taxpayer, however, Washington risks turning this sweet tale into a nightmare.