Adventure Theatre MTC, ATMTC, the twice recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences 2011-2012, is proud to announce its 62nd Season. This year ATMTC brings to life 5 main stage productions featuring 1 world premiere. The 62nd Season represents an exciting line-up of familiar stories and faces on the ATMTC Professional Stage.
The new season kicks off “in the great green room” with the classic GOODNIGHT MOON based on the book by Margaret Wise Brown that has become one the top 40 children’s books of all time. Directed by Roberta Gasbarre, director of Helen Hayes Nominated The Red Balloon, this story’s gentle tale has created bedtime memories for over 60 years. Over the holiday season, ATMTC is excited to present the world premiere of THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, based on the traditional holiday song and adapted by Helen Hayes Winner Renee Calarco. Starring Helen Hayes Winner, Deidra LaWan Starnes and directed by Forum Theatre’s Artistic Director Michael Dove. Christmas party chaos results in a case for Shirley the Partridge that delight mystery and holiday fans of all ages. ATMTC rings in 2014 in room 207 with MISS NELSON IS MISSING, directed by Jennifer Nelson (director of 2011’s Mirandy and Brother Wind), and starring Broadway and Helen Hayes Winner, Natascia Diaz. The Ruyard Kipling classic THE JUNGLE BOOK is vibrantly brought to life in the hands of Shirley Serotsky, Associate Artistic Director of Theatre J, as the fourth show of ATMTC’s season. Finally, the season is concluded with an explosion of pink in Adventure Theatre MTC’s summer production of PINKALICIOUS, directed by American University Professor, Carl Menninger and starring ATMTC favorite Felicia Curry.
Additionally, ATMTC will be nationally touring its 2012 favorite, FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS and 2013’s wildly popular THREE LITTLE BIRDS which is set to debut Off-Broadway at the New Victory Theatre in February.
ATMTC’s Producing Artistic Director Michael J. Bobbitt says of the season, “I am both thrilled and nervous about this very exciting and ambitious season. How often do you get to transfer Off-Broadway and launch a National Tour? What gives me great comfort and joy is knowing that we have assembled an incredible team of artists, who whole-heartedly believe in creating memorable theatre experiences, so that new generations of artists and audiences can emerge.”
Season Flexpasses are currently on sale! Save 20% off the season ticket price and customer fees when you purchase a book of 10 tickets. For more information about Adventure Theatre MTC, call 301-634-2270 or visit www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org.
September 20 – October 27
Based on the book by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Clement Hurd
Book, music & lyrics by Chad Henry
Directed by Roberta Gasbarre
In the Great Green Room, a Little Old Lady whispers “Hush”, in vain! The humorous antics of a very nocturnal bunny, his magical room, dancing bears, and a red balloon brings to life the most iconic children’s books of all time. Will bunny ever get to sleep?
A World Premiere
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
November 15 – December 30
Based on the Traditional Holiday Song
By Renee Calarco
Directed by Michael Dove
Starring Deidra LaWan Starnes
Christmas celebrations are just around the corner and Shirley, the Partridge has got some problems to solve! The turtledoves aren’t on speaking terms, the six geese have flown to Florida for the winter and worse of all…four of the five golden rings are missing! Whodunit? What will happen to Christmas?
MISS NELSON IS MISSIN
January 17 – March 9, 2014
Based upon the books Miss Nelson is Missing! And Miss Nelson is Back! by Harry Allard
Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Directed by Jennifer Nelson
Starring Natascia Diaz
Miss Nelson’s class is the worst! Spitballs flying and paper airplanes sailing across the room send the gentle, long-suffering teacher over the edge. Surprise…Miss Nelson turns up missing, only to be replaced by Viola Swamp, a petrifying substitute teacher. Will the students of Room 207 ever get Miss Nelson back?
THE JUNGLE BOOK
April 4 – May 25
Based on the story by Rudyard Kipling
by Tracey Power
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
Orphaned in the jungle as an infant and adopted by a wolf pack, young Mowgli, the man-cub is taught the Laws of the Jungle by Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther. As Mowgli discovers himself and his place as a human, the jungle’s greatest menace, Shere Khan, the Bengal Tiger prepares to finish the kill he abandoned years ago.
PINKALICIOUS the Musical
June 25 – August 31, 2014
Based on the book “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann
Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann
Music by John Gregor
Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann
Directed by Michael J. Bobbitt
Starring Felicia Curry
Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.
FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS
January – April 2014
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Based on the series of books by Eileen Christelow
Adapted for the stage by Ernie Nolan
Directed by Karin Abromaitis
Going shopping…baking cakes…sitting in trees…JUMPING ON BEDS!!! In this zany play, all in cumulative verse, five silly simian siblings insist on doing things their own way and-heedless of admonitions – much more monkey mayhem ensues. And maybe a call from a doctor.
THREE LITTLE BIRDS
February 7 – 23, 2014
The New Victory Theatre
Based on the story by Cedella Marley
Music & Lyrics by Bob Marley
Adapted for the stage by Michael J. Bobbitt
Additional Music & Lyrics by John L. Cornelius, II
Directed by Nick Olcott
Ah…yasso nice! Three little birds sing their sweet songs to Ziggy, a very shy child who is happy to see the world from the T.V. in his room. But his tricky friend, Nansi wants him to get out and enjoy the Island of Jamaica. But, Ziggy is afraid of hurricane, mongoose and evil spirits. Their worldly adventure is enlivened by the fantastic songs of renowned Reggae artist, Bob Marley. Roots, Rock, Reggae!
ABOUT ADVENTURE THEATRE MTC
Adventure Theatre (founded in 1951) and Musical Theater Center (founded in 1986) merged into one organization, Adventure Theatre MTC, in 2012. Located in Glen Echo Park (Glen Echo, MD) and Wintergreen Plaza (Rockville, MD), ATMTC cultivates new generations of artists and audiences by creating memorable theatrical productions and by providing young people the highest quality musical theater training. ATMTC serves students at all skill levels and families from diverse communities, approximately 75,000 people annually.