TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- A part of Mary Pope Osborne’s “Magic Tree House” book series is being brought to musical life Monday, Nov. 17, and Tuesday, Nov. 18, as the Tarrytown Y-Theater presents Washington Irving School students in a production of “The Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark” in the school auditorium.
Performances are scheduled for Monday at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
Directed by Peter Royston and produced by Barbara Turk, the cast, musicians, technicians, wardrobe artists and stage decorators moved through a raucous dress rehearsal Thursday afternoon, Nov. 13.
Cast members gave life to trees, hatched as newborn babies and served as puppeteers for large dinosaurs that roamed the stage.
The musical is based on the first of Osborne’s book series about a brother and sister who find a tree house that can take them back through time.
Among the musical performances, artwork and staging in the in the play will be the appearance of a special guest actor in the role of a “scary” Tyrannosaurus rex.
“There is nothing like theater to give young people the gifts of collaboration and creativity,” Royston said. “This is the 11th year that I have worked with Barbara Turk and the Tarrytown YMCA and the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow school district to bring theater to life with the kids at Washington Irving School.”
The production is made possible with the help of the St. Faith’s House Foundation, the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns and the Kids Club of Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow.
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