Posts filed under: Family Series

A Wrinkle in Time

by  Jerry Montoya

One of literature’s most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry, is back – braces, stubbornness and all. Once again, she’s joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O’Keefe and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. In the end, we know two things for sure: 1. Love CAN overcome evil and 2. There IS such a thing as a tesseract.

 

The Lion King KIDS

July 18 – July 26

Music and Lyrics by Time Rice and Elton John

Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi

Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now, for the first time ever, you have the opportunity to produce this one-of-a-kind musical in your school. The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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Charlotte’s Web

January 25 – February 16

Adapted by  Joseph Robinette

Based on the book by E.B. White

The Children’s Literature Association named this “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years,” and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling and utterly practical theatrical presentation. All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte.

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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The Berenstain Bears on Stage

Book and Lyrics by  Stan and Jan Berenstain

Music by Elliot Lawrence and Jamie Broza

The “world’s foremost expert on the Berenstain Bears,” guitar-strumming Cowboy Joe, is the show’s stage director—introducing and commenting on the play’s five episodes which are based on five classic Berenstain Bears books. The Berenstain Bears’ New Baby: Small Bear is an only cub, and he is a little lonely. But, he is growing—he has outgrown his own little bed. And he is about to become a big brother! Papa Bear builds him a new, bigger bed as they talk about the coming birth of the new baby in the family. When Sister Bear arrives, Small Bear becomes Brother Bear and he finds, to his delight, that he won’t be lonely anymore. The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room: All families have a messy room or two in the house. In the Berenstain Bears’ tree house, the cubs’ room is the messiest. Mama Bear decides it’s time for a major cleanup; comic conflict results, which is solved by Papa Bear’s neatness plan. The Berenstain Bears and the Double Dare: It’s hard to resist someone daring you to prove you’re not a chicken! Neighborhood bullies, Too Tall and his gang, put Brother on the spot by daring him to swipe one of Farmer Ben’s watermelons. Farmer Ben catches Brother in the act and gives him good advice about dealing with bad influences. The Berenstain Bears Tell the Truth: An impromptu game of soccer inside the Bears’ tree house results in one very broken lamp. Brother and Sister concoct a far-fetched story about a bird flying in the window and knocking the lamp over. Somehow, Papa and Mama Bear doubt this explanation. As the truth comes out, Brother and Sister learn that “no matter how you try, you can’t make truth out of a lie.” The Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright: Sister Bear is selected to be the star of the Bear Country School production of Grizzlystiltskin. She is very nervous about her role and has trouble memorizing her lines. She practices and practices to get them right. Brother has no such problem—he is supremely confident. But on the night of the performance, Brother gets stage fright and forgets his lines while well-prepared Sister not only has her own part down pat but feeds Brother his lines as well.

Peter Pan JR.

August 8 – August 23

Lyrics  by  Carolyn Leigh

Music by Morris “Moose” Charlap

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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Pom-Pom Zombies

October 3 – October 31

by  Stephen Murray

It’s the 1960s, a big nuclear blast to the past! School’s out for the summer, and the teenagers of Ocean View High are ready to surf, sun and have some fun. Their favorite hangout is Barnacle Betty’s Beach Club, which happens to be right next door to the evil Ivana Ratnik’s nuclear power plant. But, ooops! Cindy Sue, the head cheerleader, accidentally gets some nuclear slime on her hot dog instead of pickle relish, and soon the beach is overrun with pom-pom wielding zombies! Her all-American boyfriend, the beatniks, the nerds and the tough girl gang named the Barracudas rally their forces to save the beach from the atomic attackers. A sci-fi spoof of those beach blanket flicks of the ’60s, the score explodes with hilarious hits like “School’s Out,” “Don’t Touch the Hair,” “It’s Cool to Be a Nerd,” “My Girlfriend’s Dead (And I’m Gonna Be in Trouble),” “Voo-Doo Shoo-Be-Doo” and the dance craze, “Doin’ the Zombie.” The cast will have a blast and so will your audiences!

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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Wind in the Willows

by  Richard Hellesen

A new musical version of the classic story.  Tired of spring cleaning his dismal little home, Mole ventures up into the Wide World, embarking on a series of adventures with his new companions–the clever Rat, wise old Badger, and especially the motorcar-crazed Mr. Toad.  From boating to caravanning to the Battle of Toad Hall, they’re adventures that, in the end, still lead back to the home that is always waiting, happy to hear a song sung like willows in the wind…

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

by  Joseph Robinette

This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

December 12 – December 27

by  Allison Gregory

Junie B. Jones, First-Grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.’s fun. So when Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park.

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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Sweeney Todd School Edition

April 25 – May 24

Music and Lyrics by  Stephen Sondheim

Book by Hugh Wheeler

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth-century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun!

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail

December 14 – December 29*

Book, music and lyrics by James W. Rodgers

Inspired by A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.

 

A very special Friend-and-Relation tells Christopher Robin a story of a Christmas Eve very long ago (about last year) when Eeyore, the old gray donkey who lives by himself in the thistle corner of Hundred-Acre Wood, was absolutely miserable. It seems that he lost his tail and Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet got all of their friends and a search was organized. There is a great deal of fun and excitement, plus delightful songs, in the adventure that follows. Its theme, which concerns caring, sharing and the importance of cultivating friends, makes this a very special and enchanting musical suitable for any occasion.

 

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

(12/17, 12/18, 12/19, and 12/20 at 4 pm)

(12/23 and 12/27 at 1 pm)

 

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13: The Musical

October 12 – November 24

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn

Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (ParadeThe Last Five YearsBridges of Madison County13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!

Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast-paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents divorce. Surrounded by an array of simpleminded middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link of the food chain… or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?!?

 

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

 

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Wizard of Oz Jr.

 

July 20 – August 18

 

By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics
by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg

 

The most beloved tale of all time comes to life on the stage. Dorothy and her three friends trot delightfully and tunefully down that fabled road of yellow brick in The Wizard of Oz.

After a tornado whisks her away to the magical land of Oz, young Dorothy Gale teams up with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion to find the mighty Wizard of Oz, who can send her home. Along the way, they must avoid the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West, who is trying to steal the mysterious magic slippers that once belonged to her evil sister… but are now on Dorothy’s feet. Dorothy eventually learns just how magical friendship can be and how wonderful it can feel to go home again.

 

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

 

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A Year with Frog & Toad KIDS

 

June 22 – July 7

 

BOOK AND LYRICS BY Willie Reale
MUSIC BY Robert Reale
BASED ON THE BOOKS BY Arnold Lobel
Adapted from the three-time-Tony-nominated Broadway hit comes A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, the jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

 

This whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. Throughout the year, two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special.

 

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

 

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The Secret Garden

 

May 5 – May 26

by  Jerry Montoya

After Mary Lennox is orphaned, she becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she adjusts to her new life at secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary discovers a secret garden. If she can uncover the mysterious circumstances behind the garden, she might be able to save her sickly young cousin and melt the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. A touching coming-of-age story, based on the classic novel.

 

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

 

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Heathers (High School Edition)

 

March 16 – April 14 and April 27 & 28*

by  Laurence O’Keefe, Kevin Murphy

 

Heathers The Musical (High School Edition) is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously handsome new kid J.D.

Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives) and Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde), Heathers The Musical (High School Edition) is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time.

Are you in, or are you out?

PG-13 (PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned: some material may be inappropriate for children under 13)

 

Candy Store Cast

 

Show dates March 16, 17, 30, 31, April *13, 28

VERONICA SAWYER………………………. Caelyn Anderson

HEATHER MCNAMARA………………………. Ronin Bartlett

MARTHA DUNNSTOCK……………………. Audrey Godlove

HEATHER CHANDLER……………………… Cassie Hamilton

HEATHER DUKE……………………………… Campbell Karres

 

* Isabella Escamilla will play Heather Duke on April 13

 

7/11 Cast

 

Show dates March 23, 24, April 6, 7, 14, 27

HEATHER CHANDLER……………………… Christine Corry

MARTHA DUNNSTOCK……………………… Dakota Draper

HEATHER DUKE…………………………….. Isabella Escamilla

HEATHER MCNAMARA………………….. Tiffany Morrissy

VERONICA SAWYER………………………. Maya Sakellariou

 

All Show Dates

 

STONER CHICK #2………………………………. Elena Audrain

NEW WAVE GIRL………………………………….. Danielle Bello

KURT KELLY………………………………… Trevor Carmichael

MRS. FLEMING……………………………………….. Abbie Chapin

RAM SWEENEY Evan Chapin (Mar. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31)

RAM SWEENEY. Eddie Wonkas (Apr. 6, 7, 13, 14, 27, 28)

RAM’S DAD/ BIG BUD DEAN/ COACH RIPPER/

OFFICER……………………………………………………… Jay Evans

VERONICA’S MOM…….. Elizabeth Nern (3/17, 3/23/ 3/31,

4/6, 4,13, 4/14, 4/28)

                                      Stephanie Holzknecth (3/16, 3/24, 3/30,

4/7, 4/27)

BELEAGUERED GEEK…………………………. Hudson Kane

JD………………………………………………………… Shane Magennis

HIPSTER DORK…………………………………… Carson Meyers

YOUNG REPUBLICANETTE……………… Camryn Rafter

STONER CHICK #1……………………………… Brianna Sweyd

KURT’S DAD/VERONICA’S DAD/ PRINCIPAL GOWAN/OFFICER……………………………….. David Valpreda

 

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

 

*April 6th will be at 11:00 am and April 27th will be at 10:00 am

 

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Stuart Little

 

February 2 – February 24

 

Adapted by Joseph Robinette

Based on the book by E.B. White

 

This is the endearing classic about a mouse named Stuart Little who is born into an ordinary New York family. All the charm, wisdom and joy of the E.B. White original are captured in this adaptation by Joseph Robinette, who also dramatized the highly acclaimed stage version of Charlotte’s Web. The many adventures—both big and small—of Stuart Little are brought vividly to life in this story theatre presentation. The acting ensemble plays many human and animal roles in a series of delightful scenes that make up the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a “real people’s world.”

 

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

 

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The Magic Toyshop

December 8 – January 6

Book and lyrics by Patricia Clapp and Dyanne Earley

Music by Kevin Stites

 

When the Master Toymaker sprinkles a touch of Magic Doll Dust on the wonderful dolls he has made, they come to life in a surprising way. They realize how unusual they are when they find they can walk, talk and breathe. The Master Toymaker realizes it too, and decides he does not want to sell them. They are too wonderful to be “mussed, crushed and handled” by loving children. The dolls, however, take the opposite view. Dolls are meant to be loved, and these dolls don’t want to miss anything. With the aid of an unusual customer who visits the toy shop, and additional aid from the audience, the dolls achieve their desire to be given to children at Christmas. A happy holiday musical which involves everyone.

 

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00

December 18, 19, 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 4:00

December 24 at 1:00

 

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

September  22 – October 28

By Kathryn Shultz Miller

Adapted from the story by Washington Irving

 

Here is the spooky classic story by Washington Irving, presented with all the thrills, chills and laughs that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The storybook tale revolves around the main characters—the bumbling, awkward schoolteacher, Ichabod, the coquettish Katrina and Ichabod’s brutish rival, Brom Bones. As much fun as the play presents, it saves the best for last—the ride of the headless horseman. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is an exciting family entertainment.

 

 

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00

 

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The Boy Who Stole the Stars

August 11 – September 8

by Julian Wiles

 

 

“It steals the audience and steals hearts,” wrote a critic when this warm and moving play opened at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. A young boy discovers his grandfather is dying. The old man’s behavior is different; he’s short-tempered and no longer tells his wonderful stories. The boy enlists the grandfather’s aid in helping him with a school project—counting the stars. Their togetherness seems to renew the old man’s interest and he begins telling stories, one of them about the dragon in the sky. The dragon, he explains, is there to guard the stars. An old legend says that should the stars be returned to earth; it would mean a new paradise with no unhappiness, no death. Hearing this, the boy goes off to slay the dragon and return the stars to earth, seeking a means of keeping his grandfather from dying.

 

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00

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