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The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley by Main Street Theater

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The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

 

March 1 – April 3, 2015

 

Flat Stanley has travelled all over the world, and now, for the first time, this beloved character is coming to Main Street Theater!  From the book by Jeff Brown, this fun – and funny! – musical adaptation will play Sundays at 1pm and 4pm: March 1 – 29; Spring Break performances March 9, 10 & 13; March 16 – 20 at 1:30pm; and Friday, April 3 at 10:30am.  Performances are at TALENTO BILINGUE DE HOUSTON (performances are in English), 333 S. Jensen Dr., Houston, TX  77003.  Ticket prices for public performances are $17 and $15.  Tickets are on sale in person at the Main Street Theater Box Office at 2540 Times Blvd. in Rice Village, via phone at 713.524.6706 or online at MainStreetTheater.com.  Group rates are available.  No children under 3 are admitted in the theater (including sleeping babies). 

Performances are also available for school matinees.  Call 713.524.9196 ext 101 or 102 or visit the website.

About The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, run-of-the-mill ten-year-old. But that’s just the problem… For Stanley, life is too normal! He wants to travel the world and do something amazing!! In this whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley is stamped and posted from Hollywood to France, to Honolulu and beyond. Through his journey, Stanley learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes! Recommended for Kindergarten and up.

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley is based on the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown.  The libretto is by Timothy Allen McDonald; music is by Jonathan K. Waller, David Weinstein, Timothy Allen McDonald and Stephen Gabriel; lyrics are by Timothy Allen McDonald and Jonathan K. Waller.

Page to Stage Book Club Meeting

On Saturday, April 4 at 10:00am, MST will hold its Page to Stage Book Club meeting at the Blue Willow Bookshop. The club meets over the course of the season to talk about the books the MST Theater for Youth plays are based on, meet characters from the books, have a snack, make crafts, and hear a reading from the book. Children can bring their own copy of the book or purchase it at a discount at Blue Willow (14532 Memorial Drive). To RSVP for the book club, send an email to vstjohn@mainstreettheater.com. There is no charge to attend.

About Flat Stanley Author Jeff Brown

“More than thirty years ago, I was saying goodnight to my now grown-up sons, J.C. and Tony (Flat Stanley is dedicated to them), and J.C. stalling for my chat time, asked me not to leave the bedroom.  He was scared, he claimed, and when I asked him what he was afraid of he couldn’t think of anything.  As I started out again, he had an inspiration.  ‘I’m afraid my big bulletin board will fall on me,’ he said.  I told him that that was ridiculous; the big board on the wall above his bed had been securely mounted by me, and even if it got loose it would do so slowly that he wouldn’t even notice it, just go off to sleep, and by the time it rested fully upon him he’d be sound asleep and wouldn’t wake, so the board would just lie there all night.  Then I thought of small joke and said: ‘Of course, when you wake up in the morning, you’ll probably be flat.’  Both boys thought that was a hoot and many evenings after that one, we’d make up stories about adventures you could have if you were flat.  Best idea I ever had, and I didn’t even know I’d had it.  Not for many months, until a friend in the kid-book business, who knew about the flat stories, suggested I make them into a book.” (FlatStanleyProject.com)

About the Production

                Andrew Ruthven directs The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.  Eduardo Guzman is the music director. Michael Chiavone (James and the Giant Peach) plays Stanley.  The rest of the cast includes Amy Garner Buchanan, Cameron Davis, Danny Dyer, and Brittany Halen.

The design team includes Claire A. “Jac” Jones (set design), David Gipson (lighting design), Macy Lyne (costume design), Alex Worthington (sound design), and Rodney Walsworth (properties design).  Katherine Cunningham is the choreographer.  Danielle Docwra is the Production Stage Manager.

 

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Main Street Theater was founded in 1975.  The organization currently produces plays at two locations, 2540 Times Boulevard in Rice Village and for the 2014-15 season only, our Theater for Youth is housed at Talento Bilingüe de Houston.  Our MainStage is in its 15th season operating under an Actors’ Equity Association union contract.  The MainStage features new works (including numerous world and regional premieres), rediscovered classics, passionate revivals, works by female playwrights, and neglected musicals in the intimate setting of our Rice Village location.  Our Theater for Youth is Houston’s most-attended theater for young audiences, serving over 138,000 children and families from the greater Houston area in school performances, weekend family matinees and tours to schools and community centers across the state of Texas.  Plays are selected based on literature children are reading at home or at school.  Our Education Department offers students a performing arts playground where professional theater artists serve as mentors.  In support of Main Street Theater’s mission, our Education Department provides a significant resource in the community for education in theater and classical theater for children, families and educators and provides classes and camps (on and off-site) as well as programs in residential treatment facilities for Harris County youth.

Main Street Theater is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit theaters, of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (formerly ASSITEJ), the world theatre network of theatre for children and young people, and a founding member of Houston Arts Partners.  MST’s MainStage operates under Actors’ Equity Association Small Professional Theater contract.  Main Street Theater is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.