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ArtsView Children’s Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Season

ArtsView Children’s Theatre’s 2018-2019 season will include the stage version of two-popular family films, a beloved children’s novel, and a teen show about childhood, imagination, and achieving your dreams.

The staff and Board of Directors of ArtsView announced the 2018-2019 season at the opening night of their production of DreamWork’s Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, Jr.!

The 2018-2019 season will open with Elf the Musical, Jr. on November 15-18, 2018. ArtsView’s Spring show, Wind in the Willows, will be performed from March 7-10, 2019 and will be followed with ArtsView’s Teen/Young Adult Show Amazing Grace from May 30-June 1, 2019. The season will conclude with the performance of Ella Enchanted, from July 25-28, 2019.

Elf the Musical, Jr. (November 15 – 18th) 

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half- brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit, Elf JR. features songs by Tony Award-nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

Wind in the Willows (March 7 – 10)

Mole leaves his spring cleaning behind to explore the riverbank, and makes friends with Ratty, who introduces Mole to all sorts of creatures and adventures. They come across Toad, who is obsessed with fast things, and soon gets into trouble. It’s up to Mole, Ratty, and the wise old Badger to save him despite the dangers of the Wild Wood. Bases on the timeless classic by Kenneth Grahame, the Wind in the Willows is sure to delight the young and the young at heart.

Amazing Grace (May 30 – June 1) 

In the words of Ms. Youngblood, “Amazing Grace is about a little girl who loves acting out stories, those told and read to her by her grandmother as well as ones she reads on her own. She also makes up her own stories, acting out the most exciting parts. When Grace is in her playworld everything to her is real. In her imagination, she becomes the characters: Anansi the Spider, Joan of Arc, Mowgli, Hiawatha. She’s a pirate with a peg leg and a parrot, an explorer, and a theater director of a production of ‘Cinderella’ in which she casts a boy in the title role. Grace’s mother is very practical and hopes that Grace will become a doctor, a lawyer or a professional person given the opportunities she herself didn’t have. Her grandmother, Nana, believes that Grace can be whatever she wants to be. Grace is told by two of her classmates that she can’t be Peter Pan in the school play because she is a girl and because she is black. In the end, Grace shows us that she can indeed do anything she sets her mind to. I selected the West African Anansi story and use traditional storytelling techniques such as songs, rhythm and repetition to teach Grace and her friends a bit of folk wisdom.”

Ella Enchanted (July 25 – 28)

At birth, Ella of Frell was given the “gift” of obedience by a misguided fairy. She must obey any order given to her, whether it’s hopping on one foot for a day or pulling her own hair! Unwilling to accept her fate, strong-willed Ella embarks on a quest to reverse this curse, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and a handsome prince along the way. Your family will experience a fairy tale like no other in this musical Cinderella-esque adventure.

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