The Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy is offering three free performances of The Phantom Tollbooth TYA (with a shorter running time and a smaller cast) at the Vancouver Community Library at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 16, and again on Saturday, June 17, at 2 and 4 p.m. Adapted from Norton Juster’s beloved children’s book, the production tells the tale of Milo, his “watchdog” Tock, and a magic tollbooth. This inventive musical features a score by Arnold Black and witty lyrics full of wordplay by Pulitzer Prize and three-time-Tony-winner, Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me). In case you’ve never read the book, here’s a plot teaser:
Milo is bored. Nothing interests him at all. The Phantom Tollbooth comes to the rescue and transports Milo to the Land of Wisdom, where he is thrust into adventure when he’s told that he must rescue Princesses Rhyme and Reason to bring peace between two kings. They are divided over which is more important: words or numbers. Knee-deep in danger, language and math along the way, Milo learns everything has a purpose. Upon his return home, he realizes there is never a reason to be bored in a world full of so many things to discover.
The cast of The Phantom Tollbooth TYA is part of the Metropolitan Performing Arts Broadway Jr. Program. This program allows beginning students the chance to gain acting, singing, and dance training, as well as providing performances opportunities. Metropolitan Performing Arts is a Vancouver based non-profit academy and community theater that offers professional, technique-driven classes in acting, dance, music, and theater tech. Its mission is to enrich the community by providing performance and educational opportunities in the live arts. For more information, visit www.metropaa.org.
The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. Free parking is available in the library’s parking lot.