Velma Gratch & The Way Cool Butterfly

by Danny Larsen and Michelle Elliott

Vital Theatre Company


Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly Linda Ames Key



Based on Alan Madison's book of the same title '"Velma" even incorporates a way cool science lesson into it 50 minutes of song and dance. But more than teaching about metamorphosis and migration, the show wants to celebrate individuality and the potential gifts of the more modest souls who follow in the footsteps of the illustrious.

The New York Times


My daughter was rapt from start to finish, as were the rest of the children in the audience.


The musical hews closely to Alan Madison’s simple, metaphorical tale, and the aesthetics though bare-bones, are taken directly from Kevin Hawkes’ lively illustrations. With her curly, carrot-colored pigtails, loud outfits, round eyeglasses and exuberant personality, Velma is totally goofy and reminiscent of another fictional elementary schooler, Junie B. Jones. In other words, she’s delightful.

TimeOut New York Kids

Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly