Disney’s Freaky Friday the Musical

Disney’s FREAKY FRIDAY Book by Bridget Carpenter Music by Tom Kitt Lyrics by Brian Yorkey Based on the novel Freaky Friday by MARY RODGERS Orchestrations by Michael Starobin & Tom Kitt Vocal Arrangements by Carmel Dean & Tom Kitt Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music by Tom Kitt Freaky Friday is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI   When an uber-organized mother and her spontaneous teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right. Masquerading as each other, they must work together to solve the mystery of how to break the spell. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another in a way they never could have imagined. In the end, both learn the true power of love and the strength of the bond between a mother and daughter in this heartfelt and hilarious adaptation.

Dreamworks Madagascar A Musical Adventure Jr.

Check Back Later for Ticket Availability! Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture Book by KEVIN DELAGUILA Original Music and Lyrics by GEORGE NORIEGA & JOEL SOMEILLAN Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.   Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip Hippo and those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.  Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.  Alex the lion is the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo, have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity. Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape — with the help of some prodigious penguins — to explore the world.   Thalian Youth Theatre Presents DreamWorks Madagascar the Musical Adventure Jr. Featuring an all rookie cast with free tickets to the public performances Thalian Association Community Theatre has very special plans for the 4th show of the 2023-2024 Youth Theatre season. DreamWorks Madagascar the Musical Adventure Jr. will feature an all-rookie cast with all seats for the six public performances free to the public on a first come basis.  Our goal is to make the magic of live theatre accessible to all families to experience together! The production will be directed by Emily Graham and performed on the 2nd Street Stage at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, Mar. 15 – 24, 2024. Shows are scheduled Fri. – Sat. at 7:30 pm with Sun. matinees at 3:00 pm. The all-rookie production will give youth who have never been cast in a Thalian Association production the chance to participate in a Youth Theatre show.  All roles are available for ages 7 through high school senior. Director Emily Graham has created a special how-to video and flyer explaining the audition process to be distributed to area youth organizations. Audition workshops will be scheduled at a few designated locations November through mid-December. Anyone wishing to audition for DreamWorks Madagascar the Musical Adventure Jr. should call 910-251-1788 beginning Monday December 4th at 10:00 am. The audition will be Saturday January 6th, 10:00 am, at the Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street and everyone will have an assigned time. Please prepare a 30 second song of your choice to sing a cappella and wear comfortable clothing. Free tickets will first be available to area youth organizations in February then open to everyone on a first come basis March 1st. After that date tickets can be reserved at 910-251-1788 or thalian.org. In addition to the six public shows, two daytime school performances will … » Continue Reading

Disney Pixar Finding Nemo Jr.

  Book, Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez Book Adapted by Lindsay Anderson Music and Orchestrations Adapted and Arranged by Myrna Conn Based on the 2003 Disney / Pixar film Finding Nemo written by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds and directed by Andrew Stanton Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. is a musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Frozen). Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves.          

The SpongeBob Musical

A Wilmington Premiere! The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg and features a book by Kyle Jarrow, with original songs by eclectic modern artists.   Based on the series by Stephen HillenburgBook by Kyle JarrowMusical Production Conceived by Tina Landau Original Songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I.And Songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy PaleyAdditional Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton / Additional Music by Tom KittNickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants, and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast

Associated Event of the North Carolina Azalea Festival Additional Performance Saturday April 13th  at 2:00 pm Disney’s Beauty & the Beast Music by ALAN MENKEN Lyrics by HOWARD ASHMAN & TIM RICE Book by LINDA WOOLVERTON Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions Original Music Supervision and New Arrangements by Michael Kosarin Dance Music Arrangements by Glen Kelly Orchestrations by Danny Troob Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions Original Music Supervision and New Arrangements by Michael Kosarin Dance Music Arrangements by Glen Kelly Orchestrations by Danny Troob Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Steel Magnolias

  Steel Magnolias By Robert Harling The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter Shelby is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength and love which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and amiable company in good times and bad.

Elf the Musical

Thanks to Special Co-Producer The Community Foundation of NC East!     Additional Performances Thursday Dec. 14th at 7:30 pm and Saturday Dec. 16th at 2:00 pm Elf the Musical Book by Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin Music by Matthew Sklar Lyrics by Chad Beguelin Based on the New Line Cinema film by David Berenbaum A title known the world over, Elf The Musical is a must-produce holiday musical that can easily become an annual tradition for any theatre. Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway), with a book by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear. About The Community Foundation of NC East Promoting, celebrating and enabling philanthropy for good. Forever. There is no more significant way to leave your legacy than the power of giving. The Community Foundation of NC East specializes in assisting families, individuals, and companies with putting their charitable gifts to work to create a legacy that will last for generations and change lives for good, forever.