The Twelve Days of Christmas, Renee Calarco’s new play based on the world’s longest Christmas song, will highlight Adventure Theatre MTC’s 2013-2014 season. It will feature Deidra LaWan Starnes as a partridge who needs to put the Christmas season together despite warring turtledoves, missing golden rings, and geese who have defected to Florida. Forum Theatre’s Michael Dove will direct this play, which will run from November 15 to December 30, 2013.
The season starts for Adventure Theatre MTC with a reprise production of Goodnight Moon, Chad Henry’s musical adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic story of the little rabbit who won’t go to sleep. How can he, with all the distractions the night has to offer? Roberta Gasbarre directs this production, which starts on September 20 of this year and ends on October 27.
Jennifer Nelson (no relation) will direct Miss Nelson is Missing, Joan Cushing’s musical adaptation of Henry Allard’s two children’s book, Miss Nelson is Missing! and (not to give anything away) Miss Nelson is Back! A long-suffering teacher suddenly disappears from the classroom, only to be replaced by the ferocious Viola Swamp. What the heck is going on in room 207? Natascia Diaz stars; Miss Nelson is Missing will run from January 17 to March 9 of 2014.
We move from room 207 to the wilds of India for The Jungle Book, Tracy Power’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s story about an orphan who is raised by wolves, taught by a bear and a panther, and finally faces the tiger who killed his parents. Shirley Serotsky will direct this production, which will run from April 4 to May 25 of next year.
The Adventure Theatre MTC season will conclude with Pinkalicious, a story in which the title character cannot restrain herself from eating pink cupcakes until her entire body turns pink. Her parents raise a hue and cry, but this development suits Pinkalicious just fine, as pink is her favorite color. But then things get out of hand. Adapted by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann from the book of the same name, with music by John Gregor and lyrics by all three collaborators. Adventure Artistic Director Michael Bobbitt directs this production, which will feature Felicia Curry. Pinkalicious will run from June 25 to August 31, 2014.
The Jungle Book is for age four and up and Miss Nelson is Missing is for age five and up; the other shows are for all ages.
Productions from Adventure Theatre MTC’s past continue to live on outside of DC.
Three Little Birds, Bobbitt’s adaptation of Cedella Marley’s story about tricking little Ziggy into enjoying life in Jamaica (with music and lyrics by the great Bob Marley) will be running in Manhattan’s New Victory Theatre February 7-23, 2014 (Nick Olcott directing), and Five Little Monkeys, Ernie Nolan’s adaptation of the Eileen Christelow books about – well, you can guess what they’re about – goes on national tour under the aegis of Geodesic Management LLC from January to April of next year. Karen Abromaitis directs.