2019-2020, 22th Anniversary Season
ALABASTER by Audrey Cefaly
A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
Dec. 20, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020 • Previews Dec. 17 – 19 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
Book and Lyrics by Marcy Heisler, Music by Zina Goldrich
Adapted from the books by Barbara Parker
Recommended for grades PK-4th
It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting!
Based on the novel by C.S. Lewis
Adapted by Don Quinn
Recommended for grades 5-8th
That master of imaginative enchantment, C.S. Lewis, has created a unique world and he invites children to walk into it and enjoy both surprise and adventure. An old house in rural England becomes the home base for four children who wander into an incredible country through an old wardrobe and help the country return to summer. In the incredible Narnia, they make friends with the frightened forest people who have almost given up hope for the return of good King Aslan, their one true ruler.
Adapted by Bill Kincaid
Recommended for grades 9-12th
Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s comedies about an unusual love triangle and the fictional land of Illyria. The madcap adventure demonstrates just how far we are willing to go to find the one we love and to discover how to love one’s self. Even though Twelfth Night was written over 400 years ago, many of its comedic aspects are still funny today. In fact, many of our modern movies (Mrs. Doubtfire, White Chicks, and She’s the Man) have the same premise as Twelfth Night does, with a man or woman having to dress as the opposite gender in pursuing the one they love.
Directed by Christina DeCarlo
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!
Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress; Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.