MADELINE'S CHRISTMAS Based Off The Ludwig Bemelmans Classic Book Comes to Portland

MADELINE'S CHRISTMAS Based Off The Ludwig Bemelmans Classic Book Comes to Portland

Fill your holidays with laughter, magic and Madeline. A delightful treat for the whole family.

Based on Ludgwig Bemelmans' classic book, Metropolitan Performing Arts (MPA) presents the family friendly musical Madeline's Christmas. After two months of acting, music and dance rehearsals, 19 Vancouver youth performers will take to the stage December 1st-December 3rd, 2017. Performances of Madeline's Christmas are Friday at 6:00pm, Saturday at 2:00pm and 6:00pm and Sunday at 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children. There is a special family day with discounted tickets for the Sunday 1:00pm show.

Information and performance dates are available at www.MetropolitanPerformingArts.org or by calling 360-975-1585. Group rates available. Performances are at the Sherman Auditorium located inside the Washington Stage School for the Blind. The address is 2201 E McLoughlin Blvd, Vancouver WA 98661. With only five performances, advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets are more expensive at the door. Special VIP tickets are available for the opening night red carpet event.

"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived 12 little girls in two straight lines." It's the night before Christmas and everyone is sick in bed. All except brave Madeline, who is up and about and feeling just fine. Taking care of 11 little girls and Miss Clavel is hard work, but Madeline finds help from a magical merchant peddling flying carpets door-to-door. Now the girls are going on a Christmas journey that will surely make them forget their sniffles and sneezes.

"Madeline's Christmas is a heartwarming and lovable event for children and adults alike. It wonderfully captures the spirit of Bemelman's book with its message of kindness and taking care of others." -Barbara Richardson, MPA Executive Director

Dress to impress for a special red-carpet event on Friday, December 1st at the opening night performance. Meet Madeline and listen to some live holiday music in the lobby. Special VIP tickets are available and include; a picture on the red carpet with Madeline and Miss Clavel, reserved seating for the show and a VIP lounge in the lobby with hors d'oevres and hot chocolate.

MPA, in collaboration with Santa's Posse, will sponsor a toy drive during Madeline's Christmas. When you come to see the show, bring a new, unwrapped toy, non-perishable food item, clothing item (socks, sweat shirts, coats) or gift card to donate to a less-fortunate family. The cast of Madeline's Christmas will deliver your gift to the Clark County's Sherriff's Office, help with wrapping and delivering.

The cast of Madeline's Christmas will also be visiting local K-5 classrooms, reading aloud the book "Madeline". You can catch a free book reading on Saturday, November 18th at The Vancouver Community Library at 10:30am or at The Kazoodles Toy Store at 2:00pm. Stop by and hear songs from the musical and meet Madeline!

Metropolitan Performing Arts (MPA) is a Vancouver based non-profit academy and community theater that offers professional, technique driven classes in acting, dance, music and tech. Their mission is to enrich the community by providing performance and educational opportunities in the live arts. The cast of Madeline's Christmas is part of the Musical Theater Program. The program's focus is to train 'Triple Threats'- talented individuals who can sing, dance and act with equal accomplishment. For more information, visit www.MetropolitanPerformingArts.org.

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