(a 3rd-5th Grade Stars to Be Production)
Directed by Lindsey Duran
Choreography by Jillian Cummings
Vocal Direction by Meg Fischer
Music by ARNOLD BLACK
Lyrics by SHELDON HARNICK
Book by NORTON JUSTER and SHELDON HARNICK
Based on the Novel by NORTON JUSTER
One Act, Book Musical, Rated G
Even surrounded by dozens of toys, Milo is bored. Nothing interests him at all. When his dresser transforms into a mysterious tollbooth, complete with a map and special instructions, he’s pulled from his boredom and thrust into a brand new imaginative world. Soon enough, he’s driving a car on the road to Expectations. But just where is that? And what is the Castle in the Air that everyone seems so hesitant to speak of?
In THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH JR. Norton Juster’s beloved children’s book becomes an acclaimed musical about a boy who must save the princesses Rhyme and Reason and reunite the brother Kings Azaz and the Mathemagician, who rule over the cities of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis respectively. Aided by a trusty time-keeping dog, Tock, Milo successfully brings harmony to the Land of Wisdom and learns many things about words and numbers over the course of his journey. Perhaps the most important lesson he takes with him, however, is that everything we learn has a purpose and everything we do affects our surroundings. When he returns home, Milo realizes there is never a reason to be bored in a world full of things to discover.
With a book adapted by Mr. Juster himself, witty lyrics full of wordplay by Sheldon Harnick (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, SHE LOVES ME), and a melodious score by Arnold Black, THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH JR. is an endearing show that audiences of all ages will find appealing.
November 14th – November 16th 2014, Main Stage