Storybook Celebrates 25th Season with Three Beloved Family Musicals

by Patricia Bradford

Storybook Musical Theatre, one of Greater Philadelphia’s premiere children’s theater companies, will open its 25th Anniversary Season of three original musicals for family audiences on December 20, 2016. The musicals are based on stories by Lewis Carroll, Charles Perrault and the Grimm Brothers. The Abington-based, non-profit, professional, Equity children’s theatre will present performances at two locations in the Philadelphia area; the Gratz College Theater in Melrose Park and the Bluett Theater of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Storybook’s season opener will be the ever-popular “Alice in Wonderland.” This original adaptation by Patricia Goldberg, Storybook’s Artistic Director, is based on the beloved tale by Lewis Carroll. Jeff Reim composed its original music. “Alice in Wonderland” will be performed from December 20 to December 30 at the Gratz College Theater, Melrose Ave. & Old York Rd., Melrose Park, Pa. and will conclude its run from January 10 to 14, 2017 at the Bluett Theater at St. Joseph’s University, 54th & Overbrook Av, Philadelphia. The musical follows Alice as she is led through the looking glass by the White Rabbit and encounters some very strange characters along the way including the Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter, Caterpillar and sleepy Dormouse. Follow the wacky adventures throughout Wonderland on a delightful musical for the holidays.

The second offering, based on the story by Charles Perrault, is “Puss ‘n Boots,” with original script also by Patricia Goldberg and music also by Jeff Reim. It will be presented from March 7 to March 19, 2017 at the Gratz College Theater. Watch what happens when a clever cat earns her boots by helping her master impress a King and Princess, defeat an ugly, mean ogre and become rich and famous, all at the same time. Join us for the excitement and wonder and see how a cunning cat can save the day.

The final offering of the season will be about a brother and sister who are sent into the woods to try to find some food for their impoverished family. It’s the familiar tale of “Hansel and Gretel,” based on the well-known fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Patricia Goldberg also adapted the story with music by Kevin Arruda. “Hansel and Gretel” first plays from May 9 to 14, 2017 at the Gratz College Theater, then from May 30 to June 3 at St. Joseph’s University. It concludes with a summer engagement at the Gratz College Theater from July 11 to July 22, 2017. The story tells of Hansel and Gretel’s adventures after becoming lost in a deep, dark forest, while forging for food. A cunning fox leads them to a gingerbread house that is inhabited by a jolly, old witch, who would just love to have them for dinner.

Individual tickets for all Storybook shows are $12.00 for children and $14.00 for adults.
School and group discounts of up to 40% are available, as is a reduced 3-show subscription plan. Show times vary with each production. All Storybook shows are appropriate for age 3 and older, and everyone gets to meet the cast after every performance. For information, to obtain a seasonal brochure, or book a group or school trip, call Storybook Musical Theatre at 215-659-8550 or visit its web site at:


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Theater/Organization Address: 1811 Edge Hill Rd. p.O. Box 473 Abington, Pennsylvania 19001 (Map It)
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