Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents “Curious George: The Golden Meatball” as the first Professional Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) production of its sixth season.

ECTC’s TYA program showcases professional actors performing productions especially selected for young audience members. Public performances of “Curious George: The Golden Meatball” are at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 27 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21 in ECTC’s performance space upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Running time is 60 minutes, and the production is intended for ages 3 and up.

This is the first time ECTC has offered evening performances of its educational programs. All education program performances are presented on ECTC’s professional main stage.

Based on the books by Margret and H.A. Rey and the play owned by Universal Stage Productions, in this show join Curious George, the inquisitive, lovable monkey-star of books, movies and the award-winning PBS television show, in a brand-new musical. All You Can Eat Meatball Day came just once a year. George had been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday.

On Meatball Day, George helped his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd had vanished. Something was keeping people away ... something pretty big. And that something was Phineas T. Lightspeed and his speedy Meatball soMatic machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the chef's meatballs in the world famous Golden Meatball Contest in Rome.

Tickets are $10 per person and proceeds benefit ECTC and its Theatre Education programs. Children 2 and under are free. School field trip performances are offered Oct. 19 and 26 in the morning. Compass Rose Academy, Maude Saunders Elementary, Van R Butler Elementary, and WISE Pre-K of DeFuniak Springs have all booked field trips. For more information on scheduling a field trip, call 850-684-0323 or email info@emeraldcoasttheatre.org.

“‘Curious George’ is the perfect show for us to collaborate with our educational partners,” said Emerald Coast Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Nathanael Fisher. “The adorable monkey helps our children learn to read and by bringing him to our stage we can enhance that reading experience and expand the world of our young community. But this production is not just for little thespians. It is entertainment for young and old making it the perfect night out for the entire family.”