In Adventure Theatre MTC’s musical production of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown’s classic childhood text come to life through songs, bright colors and loveable characters. In this great green room, Bunny (played by talented Jake Foster) and his best friend Mouse (a delightful Maya Brettell) will do anything and dream up everything to avoid going to bed. When they try to convince the Old Lady whispering hush (Anissa Hartling) to let them stay up longer, some unexpected characters pop in, and their arrival brings more laughs, more songs and definitely more excitement!
With bedtime now forgotten, Director Roberta Gasbarre answers the question of who Margaret Wise Brown was referring to when she said goodnight to “nobody.” Mouse, Bunny and the Old Lady use a yellow raincoat and hat to make a somebody for the song, “Mr. Nobody” This Mr. Nobody turns out to be the one who causes all the trouble and breaks everything in the house.
The entire production was a wonder to behold…
The adventures continue with a visit from the three little bears (Dorea Schmidt, Samuel Edgerly and Maya Brettell) sitting in chairs, who commence a rousing game of musical chairs. And a cow (played by Anissa Hartling), feeling down because she can’t quite jump over the moon, gets cheered up by some other famous nursery rhyme characters with a song about the importance of having a positive attitude. Some dancing star constellations and the tooth fairy (a wonderful Samuel Edgerly) round out the evening. After all that excitement, Bunny is finally ready to sleep.
Designer Deborah Wheatley’s set is magical and true to the book’s illustrator, Clement Hurd. Wheatley’s set is like actually opening the book and stepping inside. Costume designer Frank Labovitz also remained true to the classic illustrations through color and design. The entire production was a wonder to behold, and my nine-year-old daughter remained immersed in the action the entire time. So did the one-year-old children sitting around me. I’m not at all surprised; Adventure Theatre’s production is almost exactly the way I pictured Bunny’s world when my mom read “Goodnight Moon” to me.
Running Time: Approximately one hour.
Goodnight Moon is running through October 27, 2013 at Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812. For tickets call 301.634.2270 or click here.