Classic Children’s Tale, “Goodnight Moon,” Comes to Life on ZACH Stage

by Elaine Krackau on April 26, 2018 in Living Texas, Austin, Theatre,

What parent hasn’t read Goodnight Moon to their child? Or grown up with the story themselves?

Now you can step into Bunny’s Great Green Room as part of ZACH’s Theatre for Families Series production of Goodnight Moon. It is a vibrant musical that incorporates elements of other classic tales like The Runaway Bunny, as well as a comical rendition of “Hey, Diddle, Diddle” that will have children in the audience rooting for the cow to finally jump over the moon. Goodnight Moon is pure joy and will transport you and your children into the vibrant pages of the time-honored book.

Goodnight Moon is pure joy and will transport you and your children into the vibrant pages of the time-honored book. Photo Kirk Tuck

Actor Nicholas Kier took time to speak with us about his experience playing Bunny.

What is your favorite scene in Goodnight Moon?

Early on in the play, we all sing The Runaway Bunny and that is probably my favorite scene. It includes the whole cast and we all get to have a great time encapsulating that book in a two-minute song.

What’s your favorite part about playing Bunny?

 The kids in the audience every day make this show for me. I’m on stage for about 95% of the play and a lot of my comedic bits rely on audience reaction to work and kids are so great at being unapologetic about letting you know how they are enjoying themselves. Best audience to work off of, for sure.

Goodnight Moon is on stage at ZACH through May 27. Photo Kirk Tuck

What is the most challenging aspect of this particular show?

 The show runs about 51 minutes and I’m off stage for about 2 minutes of that, so my biggest struggle is to keep my energy up and consistent throughout the play, while not pushing so that we make it through an 11-show week!

Why do you think “Goodnight Moon” is such a classic children’s story?

 It is an extremely simple and sweet premise. All children and parents can relate to what bedtime means for them and the ritual of that. It’s universal and the art is also very classic and beautiful.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

 This cast is absolutely incredible! Jessica O’Brien, Paul Sanchez, Lia Denah and Alan Robertson are fantastic and we all love waving goodbye to the kids out the door after the show and seeing all the smiling faces we’ve helped create.


Production runs through May 27th, 2018. Tickets start at $18

Cover photo Kirk Tuck