A musical version of “Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon,” part of the best-selling book series by Paula Danziger, will be staged by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Smith Opera House.
Told in an amusing and forthright style, this story of a feisty young girl whose best friend is moving away will touch and entertain audiences everywhere. You’ll laugh and cry with Amber as she struggles to come to terms with Justin’s departure and learns some valuable lessons about the virtues of patience and the meaning of friendship.
This hour-long show is open to all school audiences and the public; individual tickets are $4.50 each and will be available at the door.
The plot centers around Amber Brown, a very unhappy third-grader. She and Justin Daniels are the perfect team: they laugh at each other’s jokes, sit next to each other in class, and stay best friends when Justin’s father has to move to Alabama. Even though some of the girls in her class are a bit too stuck-up for Amber’s taste, she knows she’ll be fine as long as Justin is around.
Things become different after Justin’s house has been sold and he is going to Alabama, too; that’s too far away from New Jersey to think about. Amber is going to have to face the trials and tribulations of third grade alone!
“Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon” was adapted for the stage by ArtsPower’s artistic director, Greg Gunning, who also wrote the lyrics and directed the production. Composer/orchestrator Richard DeRosa created the original Broadway-style score.
ArtsPower, founded in 1985, has grown into one of America’s premiere producers of professional Equity theatre for young and family audiences, the second-largest such company in the nation. Its 19 professional touring productions have been seen by nearly seven million people in 43 states and in some of the nation’s top cultural venues, including The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center in New York.
This performance is part of The Smith’s 2006-07 ArtSmart Theatre for Young People Series, which also includes Leo Lionni’s “Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch By Inch” on Jan. 3; “A Midnight Cry” on March 6, “Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus” on March 13, and Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka” on April 24.
Funding for this production was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, Lyons National Bank and the Delavan Foundation. For reservations or details, call The Smith office at (315) 781-LIVE or visit The Smith.