BALLINGER - It was laughter and mayhem Wednesday at the Carnegie Library as the members of the Magik Theatre troupe from San Antonio, gave a stellar performance of an updated version of “The Three Little Pigs.” The troupe brought the classic tale into the 21st century using a little technology and music.

BALLINGER - It was laughter and mayhem Wednesday at the Carnegie Library as the members of the Magik Theatre troupe from San Antonio, gave a stellar performance of an updated version of “The Three Little Pigs.” The troupe brought the classic tale into the 21st century using a little technology and music.

The Magik Theatre came to the Carnegie as part of the Summer Reading Program through a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

“The TCA paid have of the travel and the board of the Carnegie Library paid the other half,” said Dawn Durham, assistant librarian.

This performance of a children’s classic had the big, bad wolf looking for one serious meal, and three little pigs sounded delectable. All he has to do is get into their little houses – one made of straw, one made of sticks, and one made of bricks – if only he can blow hard enough!

The crowd roared as the actor playing the “Big Bad Wolfe,” jumped off the stage and ran through the audience, when he was chasing the Three Little Pigs. The classic children’s tale was family friendly, and enthralled the audience young and old.

The performers included John Stillwaggon, Josey Porras, Jeremy Zenor and Carolyn Dellinger.

Now in its 22nd season, The Magik Theatre is San Antonio's premier professional family theatre, producing live stage versions of children's classic and contemporary literature. Since the curtain first came up in 1994, The Magik Theatre has served over 1.5 million people, including children from more than 700 schools and groups in over 40 school districts throughout South and Central Texas.

Each year, more than 25,000 people watch books come to life on stage free of charge. In our effort to ensure that every show can be easily integrated into classroom activities, all of The Magik Theatre's productions are accompanied by a comprehensive study guide, packed with standards-based activities, extending every child’s theatre experience as well as broadening his or her understanding and appreciation of a story.

The next big event at the library will be Dru Woods Puppetry, slated for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19. The Summer Program will end with a party on Wednesday, July 26.

For more information on the Summer Reading Program or other events, call the Carnegie Library at 325-365-3616.