Main Street Theater to Present PIPPI LONGSTOCKING, 6/14-8/3

Main Street Theater to Present PIPPI LONGSTOCKING, 6/14-8/3

The wacky and wonderful Pippi Longstocking will be at Main Street Theater all summer long! Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical, based on the beloved novel by Astrid Lindgren, will play Saturdays at 2pm and 5pm and Sundays at 2pm from June 14* - Aug. 3 at Main Street Theater-Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Boulevard in the Museum District. Ticket prices for public performances are $17 - $13. 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.

*There is a performance on June 8 as part of MST's family-friendly fundraiser, the Pippipalooza. The event begins at 12:30, is $45 per person, and benefits MST's Education and Outreach Programs.

Pippi Longstocking lives alone (with a monkey!) in her wacky house, Villa Villekulla. When she's not dancing with the burglars who were just trying to rob her house, she's attempting to learn the "pluttification" tables at school; fighting Adolf, the strongest man in the world at the circus; or playing tag with police officers. Pippi's good-natured hijinks cause as much trouble as fun in this bubbly, slapstick musical for the whole family! Recommended for Kindergarten and up. No children under 3 allowed in the theater.

On Saturday, June 14, MST will hold its Page to Stage Book Club meeting at the Blue Willow Bookshop at 10am. 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.

Jimmy Phillips is the director. Steven Jones is the Music Director. The cast includes Taylor Beyer, Marco Camacho, Danny Dyer, Beth Lazarou, Scott Lupton, Shanea'a Moore, Joseph Redd, and Jonathan Teverbaugh. The design team includes Jac Jones (set design), Eric L. Marsh (lighting design), Macy Lyne (costume design), Shawn W. St. John (sound design), and Rodney Walsworth (properties design). Danielle Docwra is the Production Stage Manager.

Main Street Theater was founded in 1975. The organization produces plays at two locations, 2540 Times Boulevard in Rice Village and 4617 Montrose Boulevard at Chelsea Market. Our MainStage is in its 38th season and its 13th 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 135,000 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 founding member of Houston Arts Partners and a constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit theaters. Main Street Theater is also a member of Actors' Equity Association and of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (formerly ASSITEJ), the world theatre network of theatre for children and young people. 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.

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