Way Off Broadway Welcomes The Return Of The Berenstain Bears

Way Off Broadway Welcomes The Return Of The Berenstain BearsAfter a brief hiatus at the beginning of the year, Way Off Broadway is kicking off its 2018 Family Theatre Series season with the return of The Berenstain Bears on Stage! The show, which first premiered at the theatre in 2015, will have a limited engagement for its second go-around, running April 21st - May 20th, with six performances only.

Over the years, Way Off Broadway has introduced a countless number of children to live theatre with its productions of classic fairytales and musicals filled with some of the most popular children's characters of today. Even characters from the Disney vault have made their home at Way Off Broadway. For the spring, the fuzzy forest family created by Stan and Jan Berenstain will sing and dance their way across the WOB stage once again.

Five classic Berenstain Bear stories come to life on the stage, as told by "the world's foremost expert on the Berenstain Bears," the guitar-strumming Cowboy Joe. The audience will follow Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Brother Bear, and Sister Bear on their adventures in The Berenstain Bears' New Baby, The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room, The Berenstain Bears and the Double Dare, The Berenstain Bears Tell the Truth, and The Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright. Five great stories all in one live stage play!

Way Off Broadway's production of The Berenstain Bears features Jordan B. Stocksdale as Papa Bear, Tori Weaver as Mama Bear, Noah Israel as Brother Bear, Jessica Billones as Sister Bear, and Megan E. West as Teacher Jane, with Bill Kiska as Cowboy Joe. Stocksdale, Weaver, and Kiska will all be reprising their roles from the 2015 production, while Israel makes his Family Theatre debut.

The stage show has a book and lyrics by Stan and Jan Berenstain, with music by Elliot Lawrence and Jamie Broza, and direction by Jordan B. Stocksdale.

The Berenstain Bears on Stage! runs from April 21st - May 20th, with performances on April 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, and 20. Doors open for lunch each day at 11:30 a.m. with the show beginning at 12:30 p.m. and running for 60 minutes. Tickets are $17 per person for lunch and the show and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (301) 662-6600.

To learn more about Way Off Broadway or any of its productions, visit www.wayoffbroadway.com.

The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, under the direction of the Kiska Family since 2002, will celebrate its 25th Silver Anniversary Season in 2019. Since it first opened in 1995, the theatre has been a leader in the area's theatre community, proudly bringing both classic musicals, as well as regional and area premieres to the Frederick stage. Productions have included Sister Act, Monty Python's Spamalot, Noises Off, The Addams Family, Les Misérable, Sunset Boulevard, Legally Blonde, Dolly Parton's 9 to 5: The Musical, The Music Man, Jekyll & Hyde, Hairspray, South Pacific, The Drowsy Chaperone, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Mel Brooks' The Producers, CATS, The Wedding Singer, Evita, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, La Cage aux Folles, Guys & Dolls, Steel Magnolias, Annie, Bye Bye, Birdie, The King & I, ...Forum, Lend Me a Tenor, Joseph..., Blood Brothers, Mame, and 42nd Street. In addition to its regular season, Way Off Broadway produces a number of special events throughout the year including an annual Breakfast with Santa (and Mrs. Claus) and an interactive mysteries series. www.wayoffbroadway.com

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