A children’s musical celebrates reading by bringing new characters to life in Vandergrift


More than 23 young comedians from Armstrong and Westmoreland counties are busy rehearsing for the upcoming production of “The Enchanted Bookshop Musical.”

The musical celebrates the joy of reading and is based on the popular children’s play “The Enchanted Bookstore”.

The show is presented by Armstrong Community Theater and will run at 7:30 p.m. June 16-18 at the Casino Theater in Vandergrift.

The cast members range in age from 6 to 13 and hail from the communities of Freeport, Vandergrift, Leechburg, Winfield, Ford City, Kittanning, Manorville, Worthington, Cowansville, and NuMine.

“We love performing at the Casino Theater,” director Cortney Bavera said. “Its room size is perfect for our theater group and our productions. The atmosphere there is just wonderful. »

The non-profit Armstrong Community Theater was founded in 2002 and is dedicated to providing a positive environment for arts and culture.

The theater presents five productions a year.

Courtesy of Armstrong Community Theater

Easton Spence (left to right), Mrata Wadding and Julia Fabian rehearse a scene from ‘The Enchanted Bookshop Musical’.

Bavera kicked off rehearsals in April and said the show featured catchy musical numbers, including a scene with a little cat singing.

“On this day of technology, we hope the public will find a love for books and the sense of adventure inside them while reading,” Bavera said.

Julia Fabian, 13, from Kittanning plays Margie.

“I can’t choose just one thing, but I’m very excited to see how all of our hard work comes to fruition at the end,” Fabian said.

The plot revolves around an ordinary bookstore that turns into a magical place at night.

A spell from the book fairy allows characters such as Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes and Tom Sawyer to come to life.

The brainless bookseller fights to save her store. When thieves show up looking for a stolen necklace hidden in one of the books, the plot thickens.

The show is 85 minutes long and the musical numbers incorporate jazz and pop tunes.

The show is suitable for all ages.

Aspiring director Hannah Vaughn recalled performing with ACT as a young girl and said recent rehearsals brought back fond memories.

“It reminds me of all the amazing times I’ve had with children’s productions,” Vaughn said. “I wish the cast and crew good luck. Or in theatrical terms: break a leg!

Tickets are $12 each. They can be purchased in person at Pomfret’s Paint & Variety in Vandergrift, Worthington Library in West Franklin, and Quality Inn Royle in Kittanning.

Joyce Hanz is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Joyce at 724-226-7725, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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