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STAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes of POLKADOTS - THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL at Ivoryton Playhouse

POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL will receive its premiere developmental production at the Ivortyon Playhouse, April 11th-16th, 2016. Conceived by (composer) Douglas Lyons, POLKADOTS was inspired by the 1957 events of the "Little Rock Nine" in Arkansas and serves as a colorful musical history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.POLKADOTS has lyrics by Mr. Lyons, who co-wrote the score with Greg Borowsky (Sony ATV). Melvin Tunstall III (BLooM!) helmed the book. The show's original illustrations are by Salina Giardino.

Christine O'Grady (Hair) will direct and choreograph the Ivoryton cast starring Tyla Collier as Lily Polkadot, PJ Adzimaas Sky Square, Nicole Loewenstein as Penelope Square and Shelby Ringdahl as Ms. Square/Mama Square. The creative team features make up design by Joe Dulude (Wicked), wig design by Bobbie Zlotnik, costume design by Kristina Sneshkoff, set design by Dan Nischan, lighting design by Tate Burmeister , musical supervision by Madeline Smith, musical direction by Ted Arthur, and orchestration by Ethan Pakchar.

According to the creators, POLKADOTS is the story of Lily Polkadot, newest resident of the "Square's Only" small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all-Square school, Lily faces the almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying by mean girl Penelope to segregated drinking fountains, Lily's quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship and sparks a turn of events for the courageous Lily. The show's timely message of treating each other with dignity and compassion is brought to life with vibrant costumes and 14 entertaining musical numbers such as "First Day," "Sticks and Stones," "Sprinkler Suspicion" and "Squa-Dot!"

Co-produced by Marc Blakeman, there will be shows for schools on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. There will also be public performances on Monday evening, April 11th, Tuesday evening April 12th and a Saturday matinee on April 16. Geared toward 3rd, 4th and 5th grade elementary school students, ages 8-11. Appropriate for younger ages as well.

For more information or if you would like to book this program for your school, call Donna Bowden at 860.767.9520 x 201.

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