The Magic Book
by Paul Stewart
directed by Ruth Ann Pattee
Was shown in 2000 on:
Friday, December 1 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 3 at 2 p.m.
This is a great play for all ages and audiences thoroughly enjoyed it. It follows the adventures of a brother and sister who are banished to the attic by their Grandmother and told to read instead of watching TV.
They find a magic book that transports them into the world of classic literature. You meet some of your favorite characters like Long John Silver, Tom Sawyer and Little Red Riding Hood to name a few, although they may not be as you remember them. The villains are trying to rewrite the stories so they win! You'll meet Goldilocks, Heidi and Little Bo Peep who have a definite "attitude".
Paul Stewart, playwright and author lives in Carmichael CA. Written in 1997, his play has been produced twice, in Sacramento, CA and Orlando, FL and he has a goal of seeing his play done in every state. A muralist, Stewart painted four street scenes for "Annie" helped build the set using some of his own murals and canvases.
Veteran Director, Ruth Ann Pattee of Warren Vermont studied Theater Arts at East Stroudsburg in PA. She has written and directed four children's plays for the Valley Players. She directed the thriller "Deathtrap" and the musical "Annie." One of her original plays, "Can Mrs. Claus Save Christmas?" was recently published by Pioneer Drama Services. Pattee is also the founder and director of KidsACT! which provide workshops and summer camps for children. She is now the working as the theater director for the Main Street Middle School in Montpelier.
The play is whimsical and witty. 34 highly talented children were cast out of the 50+ that showed up to try out.