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These are just a few titles under consideration for main stage productions...

Free to Be You and Me

From the book conceived by Marlo Thomas and friends, contributions by Judy Blume, Dan Greenberg, Carol Hall, Sheldon Harnick, Bruce Hart, Edward Kleban, Elain Laron, Stephen Lawrence, Betty Mies, Shelly Miller, Carl Reiner, Mary Rodgers, Shel Silverstein, Peter Stone, and Charlotte Zolotow

In the 1970s, Marlo Thomas gathered together the talents of many writers and published a children's book that told children they could grow up to become anything they want to be.  Themes of changing gender norms, the power of friendship, expanding one's horizons, and multi-generational harmony are celebrated through a pastiche of stories, poems, song, and dance.  Invent your own future; realize your dreams without limits.

Wendy & Peter Pan

Ella Hickson

adapted from the book by J.M. Barrie  

One snowy evening a mischievous boy named Peter and a fractious fairy called Tink burst in on the lives Wendy Darling and her brothers.  With the aid of a little fairy dust, Wendy agrees to fly with Peter to Neverland, seeing the promise of an awfully big adventure, and the chance to discover the key to her parents’ lost happiness.  Once there, she will give the Lost Boys a run for their money, defeat the infamous Captain Hook and his pirate crew, and learn what it means to grow up.  Ella Hickson’s new version of J.M. Barrie’s much-loved fantasy puts the character of Wendy firmly center stage in a refreshingly modern coming of age story.  

Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the play premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in December 2013.

To learn more about the play, click here.


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman 

adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams and Ray Roderick 

based on the MGM Motion Picture 

An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher. 

Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is ultimately a feel-good story about the power of family and the bonds created to overcome any obstacle. 

To learn more about the play, click here.


The Adventures of Jason and the Argonauts

freely adapted from the ancient myths by Phil Willmott

Clamber aboard the mighty ship Argo to join Prince Jason, Princess Medea, Hera, Hercules, and all the Argonauts on a quest to capture the golden fleece.  Our heroes must overcome fantastic feats of courage -- a fire-breathing bull, a dragon, and an army of skeletons -- to defeat Jason's wicked uncle and win back the kingdom.  This 80-minute play is a fast-paced, light-hearted romp with songs, dances, and puppetry. 

To learn more about the play, click here.

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, click here.

The Neverending Story

adapted by David S. Craig

based upon the novel by Michael Ende

Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book — The Neverending Story. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life.

Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu, an orphan, is an unlikely choice, but he accepts and, with his horse and companion, Artax, rides to face the menace. First, he experiences the Nothing and discovers its thoughtless destruction. Then he is guided by a dream to the Swamps of Sadness where he meets Morla, the Ancient One, who reveals another solution. He must find the Childlike Empress a new name. With this new direction, Atreyu faces Ygramul the Many, befriends Falkor the Luck Dragon, and solves the riddles of the three magic gates to meet Uyulala. From her he learns that only a human child can give the Empress a new name. In despair he faces his final test—the werewolf Gmork—and returns to the Childlike Empress without a new name. However, his quest has attracted a human child. It is Bastian himself who calls out a new name for the Empress, and the story rushes to its triumphant and moving conclusion. 

Commissioned by Seattle Children's Theatre and Imagination Stage.

To learn more about the play, click here.


Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

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.

Originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain.

To learn more about the play, click here.


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.

Children of Eden

Book by John Caird 

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz 

based on a concept by Charles Lisanby

From musical theatre greats Stephen Schwartz and John Caird comes a joyous and inspirational musical based on the stories from Genesis about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business!  

Adam, Eve, Noah, Mama Noah, and their "Father" all deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their children. In the end, there is redemption, and brothers lay down their weapons, choosing to end rather than perpetuate the violence.  

A epic pageant with sweeping music: The original production at Paper Mill Playhouse used a cast of sixty.

To learn more about he play, click here.


Disney's My Son Pinocchio

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz 

Book by David Stern

This new musical retells Disney's gem from Geppetto’s perspective.  The classic tale of an aging toymaker and his beloved wooden puppet, it features the beloved songs “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner and master melodist Stephen Schwartz, tackling timely issues about what it means to be “the perfect child” – and what it means to be “a real father.”

When the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto's wish to bring his beloved puppet to life, the new father quickly learns that being a parent is full of challenges. He struggles to make his son "the perfect boy" only to lose him to a gang of Roustabouts. It is only when faced the thought of never seeing Pinocchio again that Geppetto truly learns the joys of being a father and loving your child unconditionally. He transforms into a real, live father.

A magical mix of heartwarming fairytale and action-packed adventure. 

To learn more about he play, click here.


dramatized by Irene Elliott from the popular book by Anne McCaffrey

A fantasy in which teenaged Menolly breaks away from a narrow-minded village to realize her true calling.   

Journey to planet Pern!  Menolly is a gifted musician, but in her fishing village girls do not become harpers, nor do boys become dragon riders.  When T’Gellan, a real dragonrider, arrives looking for recruits, young Tirolt wants to go, and Menolly is inspired to create a song.  She receives harsh and unfair punishment for this and runs away.  Alone, she encounters newly-hatched fire lizards who learn to sing with her and give her hope.  Then, caught in a storm of thread-fall, Menolly is rescued and taken to the dragon-training village.  There she witnesses a dragon hatching and meets up again with Tirolt, who impresses his own Dragon.  The kindly villagers discover her gift and encourage her to sing.  Recognizing her true talent, the master harper Robinton invites her to become his new apprentice.

A coming of age story featuring singing and puppetry.

The Magic School Bus Live!

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

by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

based on “The Magic School Bus” book series

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 

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.