"The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.," with the book by Timothy A. McDonald, lyrics by McDonald and Jonathan K. Waller, music by David Weinstein, Waller, McDonald, and Stephen Gabriel, based on the book "Flat Stanley," by Jeff Brown, with illustrations by Scott Nash, will be performed by The Phipps Children's Theater April 26 through May 5 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
The beloved children's book is a literary and pop culture phenomenon, delighting readers all around the world. Now it has been adapted into a musical filled with infectious songs and non-stop adventure.
Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary, everyday 10-year-old until the bulletin board on the wall above his bed comes loose and falls right on top of him. The next morning, Stanley wakes up flat. In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley, the ultimate exchange student, scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. He is stamped, posted and canceled from Hollywood and France to Honolulu and beyond, all in an effort to become a three-dimensional boy once more.
Lindsay Fitzgerald directs a cast of 21 talented area students in grades 7-9, Madeline Moen is the music director, and Chris Adam is the choreographer. Fitzgerald and Moen most recently staged Tomie dePaola's "Strega Nona," and Adam choreographed "Bah, Humbug!"
"There are so many great things about this show," Fitzgerald comments. "This group of kids is so immensely talented. I have been working with many of them for a few years now and it's so fun to watch them grow, both on and off the stage. They pick up things so quickly and it really gives us the opportunity to play and add more than just what's given to us on the page.
"Chris has been a fantastic choreographer. Every time I see a new dance number they have worked on I am just blown away. He's pulled inspiration from so many fun genres - we even have a tap number. The music is so catchy, you will be singing these adorable songs for days. Everyone just needs to see this show. It's been so much fun, and I can't wait to see how it all comes together!"
Performances will be given April 26 through May 5 on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. on the main stage.
Tickets are $21 for adults and $16 for children. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at ThePhipps.org.