MTC Announces 2nd Annual Theater Series for Young Audiences in Partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre

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MTC Announces 2nd Annual Theater Series for Young Audiences in Partnership with Bay Area Children's Theatre

Building on the success of its inaugural Theater Series for Young Audiences, of which every performance was sold out, Marin Theatre Company will again partner with Bay Area Children's Theatre to present five productions in MTC's 99-seat Lieberman Theatre and 231-seat Boyer Theatre. The series includes four BACT productions - Five Little Monkeys, James and the Giant Peach, Three Little Birds, and Fancy Nancy, the Musical! - as well as one MTC production - Around the World in 80 Days. Based in Mill Valley, MTC is a 47-year old professional nonprofit theater that is a destination for smart, uncommon and adventurous theater.

From August 30-September 7, MTC presents BACT's Five Little Monkeys, adapted from Eileen Christelow's book series by Ernie Nolan and directed by Karen Altree Piemme. Those five little monkeys will get into as much mischief on stage as they do in their namesake picture books. Take cover when they make that birthday cake for Mama, meet up with a crocodile and disappear in the store!

In November, MTC presents BACT's James and the Giant Peach, adapted by Timothy Allen McDonald from the book by Roald Dahl. BACT Artistic Director Nina Meehan will direct this exciting new musical, inspired by the classic tale about an orphaned boy who escapes from his wicked aunts aboard an enormous enchanted peach inhabited by a bevy of very big bugs.

In January, MTC will produce Around the World in 80 Days, adapted by Toby Hulse from the book by Jules Verne. The story begins with a bank robbery by a mysterious figure, and the madcap adventure quickly moves along on a succession of locomotives, steamers, and hilarity.

In March, MTC presents BACT's Three Little Birds, with music by Bob Marley and based on the story by Cedella Marley. In this modern-day fairytale directed by Michael Mohammed, Reggae music evokes the spirit of Jamaica as we follow the adventures of timid, 11-year-old Ziggy. Watch out for evil Duppy, but "don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing gonna be all right!"

From May 23-June 7, MTC presents BACT's Fancy Nancy, the Musical!, adapted from Jane O'Connor's The New York Times bestselling series by Susan DiLallo and Danny Abosch, and directed by Tracy Ward. Nancy and her dance class friends will soon perform their first recital, and Nancy dreams of donning a tiara and diving into the role of an elegant mythical ocean dweller - but will she get the part?

TICKETS
Five-show, full-series packages to MTC's theater series for young audiences are available now - $90 for kids under 14 and $110 for adults. Four-Show Packages are also available at $72 for kids under 14 and $88 for adults. To order, call the MTC Box Office at (415) 388-5208. Ticket packages are not available online. Tickets for MTC's theater series for young audiences are only available through MTC's Box Office - BACT's four-show Flex Passes are not applicable for MTC performances.

Tickets for individual performances cost $18 for kids under 14 and $22 for adults, and go on sale June 13 for Five Little Monkeys; July 15 for James and the Giant Peach, Around the World in 80 Days and Three Little Birds; and November 1 for Fancy Nancy. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available.

CALENDAR
All productions performed at Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. Note: Programming and scheduling are subject to change.

Sat, 8/30, at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm
Sun, 8/31, at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 5pm
Sat, 9/6, at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 5pm
Sun, 9/7, at 10:30am & 12:30pm
Five Little Monkeys
Bay Area Children's Theatre production
By Ernie Nolan | Based on the books by Eileen Christelow
Directed by Karen Altree Piemme

Thu, 11/6, at 7pm
Fri, 11/7, at 4pm & 7pm
Sat, 11/8, 10:30, 12:30 & 3pm
Sun, 11/9, 10:30, 12:30 & 3pm
James and the Giant Peach
Bay Area Children's Theatre production
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Adaptation by Timothy Allen McDonald | Based on the book by Roald Dahl
Directed by Nina Meehan

Fri, 1/9, at 11am
Sat, 1/10, at 11am
Sun, 1/11, at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm
Tue, 1/13, 10:30am & 12:30
Wed, 1/14, at 11am
Thu, 1/15, at 11am
Fri, 1/16, at 11am
Sat, 1/17, at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm
Sun, 1/18, at 10:30 & 12:30pm
Around the World in 80 Days
Marin Theatre Company production
By Toby Hulse | Based on the book by Jules Verne

Sat, 3/7, at 10am, 12pm & 3pm
Sun, 3/8, at 10am & 12pm
Sat, 3/14, at 10am, 12pm & 5pm
Sun, 3/15, at 10am & 12pm
Three Little Birds
Bay Area Children's Theatre production
Music by Bob Marley | Additional music and lyrics by John L. Cornelius, II
Adapted by Michael J. Bobbitt | Based on the story by Cedella Marley
Directed by Michael Mohammed

Sat, 5/23, at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm
Sun, 5/24, at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm
Sat, 5/30, at 10:30am & 12:30pm
Sun, 5/31, at 10:30am & 12:30pm
Sat, 6/6, at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm
Sun, 6/7, at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 5pm
Fancy Nancy, The Musical!
Bay Area Children's Theatre production
Book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo | Music and lyrics by Danny Abosch
Based on the New York Times bestselling series by Jane O'Connor
Directed by Tracy Ward

ABOUT BACT
Founded in 2004 as Active Arts Theatre for Young Audiences, Bay Area Children's Theatre encourages children to explore literature, language and the arts by producing stage adaptations of children's books in Berkeley and San Ramon, as well as on tour to Bay Area schools and libraries. BACT's productions feature professional adult performers working with artistic teams who understand how to make theater compelling and accessible for young audiences. The company also creates new work and mounts productions specially designed for preschool age children. BACT's active and growing Youth Education Program complements their theatrical offerings by giving children and teens performance opportunities in theater arts through classes, workshops and summer camps.

ABOUT MTC
Founded in 1966, Marin Theatre Company is the Bay Area's premier mid-sized theater and the leading professional theater in the North Bay. We produce a six-show season of provocative plays by passionate playwrights from the 20th century and today in our 231-seat main stage theater, as well as a five-show Theater Series for Young Audiences in partnership with the Bay Area Children's Theatre in our 99-seat studio theater. We are committed to the development and production of new plays by American playwrights, with a comprehensive New Play Program that includes productions of world premieres, two nationally recognized annual playwriting awards, readings and workshops by the nation's best emerging playwrights and membership in the National New Play Network. Our numerous education programs serve more than 6,000 students from over 40 Bay Area schools each year. MTC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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