The Magic Tree House The Musical Lands at TYKE’s

Photos of TYKEs’ upcoming Magic Tree House musical opens November 23 for one weekend only

TYKEs  /Theatre Young Kids Enjoy, continues its 16th season with a unique musical Showtime with Shakespeare, based on Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree Houseadventure “Stage Fright on a Summer Night.” The show runs for one weekend only, Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 at the Hart Theater at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Avenue in Brighton. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both days. Tickets cost $20 ($18 for JCC members) and are available at TykesTheatre.org or 585-461-2000.

The Magic Tree House series of books, written by New York Timesbest-selling author Mary Pope Osborne, is the best-selling chapter book series of all time. The series has been translated into more than 30 languages and has sold more than 135 million copies worldwide. This story is the 25th in the series.

“The clever freestyle hip-hop is what makes this show so unique – likeHamilton for kids,” explains TYKEs’ founder Freyda Schneider. “The show is chock-full of super high-energy dance numbers and fun, lively musical arrangements. Plus, it’s the first time in TYKEs’ 16-year history that we’re introducing William Shakespeare to our young audience members.”

Plot-wise, Jack and Annie, the story’s protagonists, learn the theater adage that the show must go on no matter what when their Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England in the year 1601. Their mission is to solve a riddle: “To find a special magic, you must step into the light and without wand, spell, or charm turn daytime into night.” The sibling duo meet​​ William Shakespeare himself and have to overcome stage fright to save the famed Bard’s show, discovering how history is shaped by those who learn to overcome their fears. The show accentuates the importance of Shakespeare – considered the greatest writer of the English language – in an entertaining way, and drops plenty of winking references to the Bard’s many plays.

Showtime with Shakespeare is produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in association with George Street Playhouse. The musical is recommended for kids ages six and up.

Continuing TYKEs’ 16th season: A Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tailrunning January 18 to 26, inspired by A.A Milne’s famous characters.

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley follows from February 29 to March 8. The season culminates with The Emperor’s New Clothes April 13 to 18, a special program featuring 60 local children.