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Page to Stage Series

Make the Macomb Center Your Destination for Literacy and Arts Education

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts presents Page to Stage, a theater and literacy program that brings to life curriculum-linked stage adaptations of significant works of American literature. These world-class productions starring professional actors bring characters from history and literature to the stage―giving voice to words and inspiring young people to find their own voice.

Teachers, schedule your 2018 - 2019 field trip today!

$6 Student Ticket | Teacher FREE with group of 20 or more.
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2018-2019 Page to Stage Series

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 •  9:30am & 12pm • Grades: PreK-2
Written by Eric Carle, Directed and Designed by Jim Marrow
Music by Steven Naylor, Presented by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
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After much demand, that little caterpillar is returning, along with an assortment of favorite puppet characters. The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR'S metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of LITTLE CLOUDS'S travel through the sky, and the MIXED-UP CHAMELEON'S discovery of his own unique nature. The whimsical tales have enchanted several generations, and Mermaid's acclaimed stage adaptation teaches as well as entertains.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 • 9:30am & 12pm • Grades: 1-6
Adapted by Jennifer Blatchley Smith, Leslie Reidel and Landis Smith
Music by Charles Gilbert, Based on The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
With Illustrations by Jules Feiffer, By arrangement with Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer
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One day a mysterious tollbooth appears in Milo's room and having nothing better to do, he drives his toy car through it. To his astonishment and increasing delight, he finds himself in a peculiar new world, where everyone he encounters is literally an embodiment of their name, from the ticking watchdog, Tock, to the loveable but nonsensical Humbug. Milo soon finds himself on an eventful and dangerous quest: he is tasked with rescuing the Princesses Rhyme and Reason, who, in the war between words and numbers, have been banished to the Castle in the Air. Along the way he meets Azaz the Unabridged, the king of Dictionopolis, his brother the Mathemagician, the ruler of Digitopolis, and Faintly Macabre, the not-so-wicked Which. Milo travels through the Forest of Sight, accidentally leaps to the Island of Conclusions and travels through the Mountains of Ignorance, where he must escape its Demons in order to save the Princesses. Along the way, Milo discovers the delights of friendship, curiosity and knowledge, and that life—his own life—is filled with endless possibilities.

Dallas Children's Theatre DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER AND A FLY
Book Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 • 9:30am & 12pm • Grades: K-5
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The coolest ever rock-n-roll romp in a bug's world, capturing all the droll humor and whimsy of the wildly popular books!

Insects rule in the diaries of unlikely best friends: Worm, Spider and Fly. Worm eats his homework, Fly believes she has superpowers, and Spider can't wait to grow up and molt. Promoting eco-consciousness, earth science and tolerance of others, DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, & A FLY is a joyful, hip musical exploration of the world outside. You might just find that a bug's life is not all that different from your own!

Adapted and Written by Andy Mitton, Patrick McDonell, and Aaron Posner
Music and Lyrics by Andy Mitton, Based on the book by Patrick McDonnell
Monday, March 18, 2019 • 9:30am & 12pm • Grades: 1-5
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It's the 1940s and you're in a small town in England. There, you'll bump into eight-year-old Jane—but to find her your might have to look up in a tree or in the woods. That's because this budding young scientist is always outside taking notes and making drawings in her notebook. She also loves solving animal mysteries and dreaming about going all the way across the world to Africa to learn more about animals. The problem? Except for her Mum and animal friends, people around her think her idea is impossible. But Jane keeps trying to make her dreams come true, and finally learns something amazing from a very special friend.

Written and Directed by Jason Trembley, Original Music by Graham Weber
Illustration by Michael Rae, Adapted from the book by Jack London
Friday, April 12, 2019 • 9:30am & 12pm • Grades: 4-12
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Jack London's classic tale brought to life! This multi-media adventure mixes classic story telling with projected illustrations to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush, Buck fights to survive and becomes the most famous dog in the whole history of Alaska.

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts would like to extend a special thank you to the following for their generous support of our programs.

National Endowment for the Arts
Oliver Dewey Marcks Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
The Andrew Lonyo Endowment Fund at the Macomb Community College Foundation

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