Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare
Part of the APPlause! K-12 Performing Arts Series
SHOWTIME WITH SHAKESPEARE
A New Hip-Hop Musical
A new theatrical production based on the Magic Tree House adventure Stage Fright on a Summer Night, by The New York Times best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne.
No matter what, the show must go on! That’s what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There, the daring sibling duo meets William Shakespeare himself-one of the greatest writers of all time! Based on the critically-acclaimed book series by Mary Pope Osborne, this tuneful tale is a hip-hop hit with kids and grown-ups alike.
Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series has been translated into 33 languages, has sold more than 135 million copies worldwide and is the No. 1 best-selling chapter book series of all time.
Produced by NJPAC in association with George Street Playhouse
Book and Lyrics by Jenny Laird and Will Osborne
Music and Additional Lyrics by Randy Courts
Based on Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night by Mary Pope Osborne
Run time approximately 60 minutes
- Literature of the 16th and 21st Centuries
- Introduction to Shakespeare
- London in the 1600s
- Overcoming Your Fears
- Social Awareness
- Relationship Skills
- Responsible Decision Making
About Shaw Entertainment Group
Simon Shaw founded Shaw Entertainment Group in 2008 to nurture, present and distribute dynamic artistic work. The company’s work is based on the belief that the live performing arts provide a unique vehicle for community and personal growth, that the artistic voice is one that should be honored and cultivated, and that the work of connecting venue and performance with integrity is paramount.
Since its beginnings, Shaw Entertainment Group has grown exponentially, reaching hundreds of thousands of audience members through national tours, international booking and showcase presentations featuring its artists in venues such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Austin Theater Alliance, BAM and Cleveland Playhouse Square.
About Appalachian University’s Department of Theatre and Dance
Theatre and Dance embraces the university’s mission to provide:
- a well-rounded liberal education and the opportunity to pursue a special field of inquiry
- to promote the intellectual, cultural and personal development of its students
- to serve as a center of cultural and professional activity within its state and region
Additionally, the mission of Theatre and Dance is to provide a liberal arts curriculum for the BA degrees in Dance Studies and Theatre Arts including concentrations in Performance, Design/Technology, Theatre Education and General Theatre. The department offers a Dance Studies-Honors program, minors in theatre or dance, and courses to meet General Education requirements in various perspectives, the fine arts and wellness literacy. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the overall student population.
Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to students, the university community and the region. Coursework and the production program emphasize skills that prepare students for professional careers in the arts but are highly transferable to other pursuits.
The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship and service.
Also, the department offers some special programs and resources unique to the department.