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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/20/2014 LEGALLY BLONDE
CHAPEL HILL HIGH SCHOOL
4/24-4/26/2014
Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Based on the adored movie, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish.Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.This musical is relatively new to the theatre world, catering to the present-day's generation and culture. LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL is perfect for high school and community theatre, featuring a large ensemble and several big song-and-dance numbers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/20/2014 A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD-KIDS
MAIN STREET DANCE WORKS
4/26-4/26/2014
Arnold Lobel's well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD KIDS. the shortened version of Robert and Willie Reale's Tony-nominated musical. This whimsical show follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad -- through four, fun-filled seasons.Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD KIDS tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.The jazzy, upbeat score of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD KIDS bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family. It is a perfect show to be performed by an ensemble group of actors and can be produced with either simple or extravagant staging and sets.
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/20/2014 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
GLENN HIGH SCHOOL
4/24-4/26/2014
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/20/2014 DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
MCDOUGLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
4/25-4/26/2014
This page is for the full-length edition of Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL.Also available:Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL - ONE ACT EDITIONDisney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR. Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage! Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extra curricular activities.  It's the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations, and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock Troy discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical, led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella's alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL is fun for the whole family. Its large cast size and upbeat numbers make it the ideal show for middle and high school productions or the highlight of any community theatre's season!
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PINOCCHIO
Raleigh Little Theatre
4/18-4/27/2014
Pinocchio Book & lyrics by Arnold Wengrow. Music by Nicky Rea & Jackie Cassada Based on the story by Carlo Collodi Part of the RLT Youth Series Cantey V. Sutton Theatre, reserved seating April 18-27, 2014 Friday 7:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 1 pm & 5 pm No show April 20 A lively musical version of Carlo Collodi's classic tale about a willful little wooden marionette who runs away from the carpenter, Gepetto, and straight into one fantastic adventure after another. On his journey, Pinocchio joins a troupe of commedia-style marionettes, loses his gold coin to a cunning fox and cat, meets the Magical Blue Fairy, and makes a thrilling escape from the Land of Ease, where lazy boys turn into donkeys. With lessons learned, Pinocchio returns to the arms of his father and the realization that he has become a real boy.
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THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
Burning Coal Theatre Co
4/3-4/27/2014
dir: Abdelfattah Abusrour.
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THE STORY OF THE GUN
PlayMakers Repertory Company
4/23-4/27/2014
Mike Daisey; dir: Jean-Michele Gregory.World Premiere
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/20/2014 AMERICAN IDIOT
Durham Performing Arts Center
4/29-4/30/2014
A critical smash on Broadway and in London, the two-time Tony Award winning hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season. Based on Green Day's GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum album, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. The result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares "thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I've seen this year!" Featuring the hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT features the music of Green Day and the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, direction by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Black Watch), music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), Tony Award winning set design by Christine Jones and Tony Award winning lighting design by Kevin Adams.
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/20/2014 A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD- TYA
UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO
2/1-4/30/2014
Arnold Lobel's well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD TYA, the Theatre of Young Audiences version of Robert and Willie Reale's Tony-nominated musical. This whimsical show follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad -- through four, fun-filled seasons.Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD TYA tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.The jazzy, upbeat score of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD TYA bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family. It is a perfect show to be performed by an ensemble group of actors and can be produced with either simple or extravagant staging and sets.
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/20/2014 ANNIE
SALEM ACADEMY
4/24-5/4/2014
Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. ANNIE is the perfect family-friendly musical, and an ideal show for a largely female cast. Middle Schools and elementary schools should also take notice of ANNIE JR - a special version of this title expressly designed for younger performers. 
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PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
Triad Stage
4/6-5/4/2014
John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Jim Wann.
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/20/2014 THE MUSIC MAN JR
NORTHERN GUILFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL
4/5-5/6/2014
Wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN JR. is a special adaptation of the classic masterful musical that is family entertainment at its best.The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by the end.Perfect for community groups, summer camps, and schools, the cast features a soaring soprano ingenue and a leading role for a charismatic actor as well as over 20 roles for kids of every level. THE MUSIC MAN JR. is the perfect production for young people!
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/20/2014 GODSPELL JR
MAIN STREET DANCE WORKS
4/20-5/11/2014
This best loved musical by two-time Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz is now available in a Broadway Junior version! Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score, GODSPELL JR. boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." As the cast performs "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life. Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, GODSPELL JR. is a unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.GODSPELL JR. can be performed virtually anywhere with the simplest of sets, costumes, lights, and music. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
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