RCT Kicks Off 10th Anniversary Season with GOOSEBUMPS

RCT Kicks Off 10th Anniversary Season with GOOSEBUMPSSomething frightfully fun is coming to Roanoke. To celebrate the 10th Anniversary Season, Roanoke Children's Theatre is proud to bring a Regional Premiere to the stage. R.L. Stine's GOOSEBUMPS: Phantom of the Auditorium, The Musical will kick off the celebratory season, playing September 22-24, 2017 at the Jefferson Center (541 Luck Ave SW).

Is someone playing a joke or is the theatre cursed? Is there a Phantom lurking in the stage wings? Join Brooke and Zeke as they star in their school's new musical and try to uncover if the rumored Phantom really exists. Based on the popular and beloved book series by R.L. Stine, this silly and spooky adventure is sure to keep the whole family in suspense. Prepare to get "goosebumps" as the mystery unfolds and a catchy musical score haunts your mind for days. R.L. Stine's GOOSEBUMPS: Phantom of the Auditorium, The Musical is recommended for ages eight and up.

"I'm am really excited to be giving our community a regional premiere musical based on such a popular series by RL Stine," says RCT Artistic Director Pat Wilhelms. "It's fresh, it's funny, it's full of frightful fun, and you won't want to come alone. A lot of humor, a little fright, and a haunting melody that you won't be able to get out of your head. This musical is true to the book, and the TV series. How refreshing to follow a plot line about the power of teamwork, overcoming adversity and holding a solid moral compass throughout! Roanoke is in for a treat."

For further information or to buy tickets, patrons may call the box office at 540.345.2550. Patrons may also visit RoanokeChildrensTheatre.org for full details.

This production is backed by an exceptional artistic team of designers and actors.

The cast of R.L. Stine's GOOSEBUMPS: Phantom of the Auditorium, The Musical includes:
Taylor Cobb as Emile
Caitlin McAvoy as Mrs. Walker
Olivia Goodman and Adalynn Eller as Brooke
Joe Francis and Hunter Murphy as Zeke

Simon Elliott and Reid Donihe as Brian

Charlotte Pearl and Abby Martin as Tina

Haley Lynch and Sophie Hoff as Cami

Chloe Hunt and Sydney Reichardt as Anna

Zackary Conklin and Nathan Kellner as Steve

Anna Edwards and Natalie Love as Corey.

All youth roles will alternate performances.

The creative team includes Director Pat Wilhelms, Musical Director Reed Carter IV, Choreographer Leslie Owens Harrington, Set Designer Jimmy Ray Ward, Costume Designer Jennie Ruhland, Technical Director Star City Sets, Props Artisan April Corbett and Stage Manager Ian Felker.

Pat Wilhelms is the founder and Artistic Director of Roanoke Children's Theatre. Since 2008 she has led the team to create productions, school residencies and year round classes and camps as well as tours that travel all across the Commonwealth. Prior to that, she was the Director of Education and Outreach at Mill Mountain Theatre for 10 years. Other theatre residencies include: Theatre of Youth Company, Melic and Mime Inc., and Idaho Repertory Theatre. Pat currently serves as Board Member at the Burton School of the Arts, is a partner with the Star City Reads initiative and serves as an adjudicator for the Southwest Theatre Conference. Directorial credits at RCT include: Madeleine's Christmas, Charlotte's Web, The Giver, Junie B. Jones, The Secret Life of Girls, Tuck Everlasting, If You Give a Mouse A Cookie, Wrecked, The Velveteen Rabbit, Go Dog Go, Junie B in Jingle Bells Batman Smells, Eric & Elliot, Stuart Little, How I Became A Pirate, A Little House Christmas, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Cat in the Hat, EAT: It's Not About Food, Fancy Nancy, James and the Giant Peach, SHREK, the Musical, The Ice Cream Man, Rapunzel, The BFG, Seussical, the Musical, BABYLAND and Elephant and Piggie's We Are In a Play. Pat is married and the proud mother of 3 grown children and 2 young cats.

Roanoke Children's Theatre: Professional Theatre for Young Audiences is an independently owned and operated 501(c)3 organization located in the Jefferson Center. RCT is dedicated to providing high quality theatre education and entertainment to families, schools and children with year-round programming; crafting new and exciting partnerships and programs that engage our youth in a world of communication, imagination, creativity, empowerment and learning.

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