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The Jungle Book

adapted by Monica Flory

based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling

In this action-packed adaptation of the classic adventure story, precocious Mowgli grows up believing he's as fierce a wolf as any of the members of his pack. When he learns he is actually a human, he must discover how to reconcile these very different identities, and decide whether to remain with the pack, or return to the human world from which he was born. What will he choose? And will he be trained in the Law of the Jungle in time to defeat Shere Khan, the most feared animal of all?

 "Monica Flory's script is both scrupulously faithful to Rudyard Kipling and completely original in its approach. While Kipling's story is basically a grand adventure, this version takes its subtext -- a boy's quest for identity -- and makes it the heart of the piece. It includes all the book's action and even some of its dialogue, but increases the emotional resonance."  --Laurel Graeber, The New York Times

To read the play at playscripts.com, click here.

 


Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Play Originally Produced by the  National Theatre of Great Britain

Adapted and Originally Directed by  Katie Mitchell

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that THE CAT IN THE HAT is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met.   With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home...? 

The National Theatre’s production of Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT is a lively, engaging "play with sound effects" for performance by adults for young children. Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss’s classic, ensuring anyone who’s read the story will find themselves transported into the world they’ve always imagined.

Visit the Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat page on MTI ShowSpace to share and view photos, video, costume and prop rentals and more. Click here.

This production is in development for winter 2013.  Scroll to the bottom of this page for bulletins to download.  To find out how to bring it to your school or community center, contact Jonathan Dunski at jonathan.dunski@gmail.com.  

 


Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson and Stephanie S. Tolan

Music by Steve Liebman 

This powerful adaptation, supported by a lyrical score, focuses the humor, warmth and emotional intensity of Katherine Paterson's Newbery Award winning novel.  Jesse, alienated from the pragmatism of his family and rural Virginia culture, draws and dreams of becoming something special.  Leslie, the new girl from the city and the ultimate outsider, opens a world of imagination, art and literature for him.  Together they create Terabithia, a fantasy kingdom where they are safe from those who don't understand them.  Their friendship grows as Jesse's world expands.  When tragedy strikes, the strength gained in Terabithia takes Jesse forward on his own and lets him share the magic of his dreams.
 

The Magic School Bus Live!

SCHOLASTIC, THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS ™® and © Scholastic Inc. 

Based on “The Magic School Bus” book series

By Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

America’s favorite bus zooms to the stage with an all new 25th anniversary musical adventure! The Magic School Bus Live! The Climate Challenge, based on the best-selling and award winning Scholastic book series, is produced by Maximum Entertainment Productions in association with Bay Area Children’s Theatre and Oregon Children’s Theatre.  Scott Elmegreen’s catchy music and lyrics & witty book shine and create a show that will become an instant favorite for kids and adults alike.  The musical takes the audience on an exciting adventure from the arctic to the equator and examines what affects Earth’s climate every day. The Magic School Bus Live! The Climate Challenge is sure provide audience members with a fun and educational theater experience that will have them shouting “Wahoo!” with Ms. Frizzle and the gang.

This refreshing musical interpretation focuses on one of the most important environmental issues facing the Earth today: climate change.  As Ms. Frizzle and her students do research for their class play on climate, they hop on the Magic School Bus to learn how recycling, alternative energy, and conservation can make a difference in the world.  The production has been presented in over 60 cities in 2011 - 2012.



Big, the Musical

Book by  John Weidman 

Music by  David Shire 

Lyrics by  Richard Maltby, Jr. 

Based on the Twentieth Century Fox film Big, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg 

(Theatre for Young Audiences Version) 

The classic 1987 motion picture fantasy bursts onto the stage in the unforgettable Theatre for Young Audiences version of BIG, THE MUSICAL.

When frustrated adolescent Josh Baskin wishes he were "big" and wakes up the next morning a 30-year-old man, he discovers there's much more to being an adult than he's bargained for-and learns we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time.  This all new condensed version- complete with Zoltar and floor piano- spotlights the touching friendship of Josh and Billy as they learn what it's really like to be big.

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