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2021/2022 Season Plays Art Center Theatre Musicals News

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum

Travel back to ancient Rome in the classic comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum. Featuring a score by the legendary Stephen Sondheim and a book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove (The Frogs), the original 1962 Broadway production won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Author! Read the libretto for free and see for yourself how this show has “something for everyone.”

A Funny Thing Happened… is a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty Roman slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a few trips around the seven hills of Rome.

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Art Center Theatre News Youth Productions

Art Center Youth Theatre Presents: A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol

Everyone’s favorite classic holiday tale gets the fractured fairy-tale treatment.  All the famous fairy-tale characters take on all of the memorable roles of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.  You’ll never know who will show up next as the Big Bad Wolf (as Ebenezer Scrooge) meets his old business partner Jacob Midas (Marley), who could turn anything into gold.  Midas warns Big Bad that he’ll be visited by The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (played by a Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole, and the Queen of Hearts respectively).  The ghosts make Scrooge realize what a scoundrel he’s been to the Charming (or Crachit) family — including Prince Philip, Cinderella and their kids, Hansel, Gretel, and Tabitha, their Little Match Girl — and help him to remember what the Christmas spirit is all about.  This fun-filled adaptation stays true to the warmth and heart of the classic.

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Academy of the Arts Art Center Theatre Youth Productions

Art Center Youth Theatre Presents: The Secret Garden, April 9-18

The Secret Garden

This spring, the youth theatre will perform the charming, upbeat musical adaptation of a literary classic, “The Secret Garden.” Misselthwaite Manor turns out to be a gloomy fortress.  Her uncle is rarely home and his young son, Colin, never leaves his room, convinced he’s an incurable invalid.  Mary discovers a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years.  With the help of the gardener’s apprentice, Dickon, a lad who can talk to the animals, Mary coaxes the garden back to life. The garden seems to have a wonderful, magical effect on all who come into it, allowing Mary to help restore Colin to health and a reunion with his father.

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2019/2020 Season Plays Art Center Theatre Musicals

Review from last night’s performance of The Music Man ?