Summer at Civic 2023
July 14 – 23, Main Stage Musical
From the Tony and Grammy award-winning creators of SPRING AWAKENING, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, and co-written by Jessie Nelson (WAITRESS), ALICE BY HEART is a touching musical inspired by Alice’s madcap Adventures in Wonderland.
In the rubble of the London Blitz of World War II, Alice Spencer’s budding teen life is turned upside down, and she and her dear friend Alfred are forced to take shelter in an underground tube station. When the ailing Alfred is quarantined, Alice encourages him to escape with her into their cherished book and journey down the rabbit hole to Wonderland.
MUSIC BY Duncan Sheik
LYRICS BY Steven Sater
BOOK BY Steven Sater, Jessie Nelson
Music Directed by Henry McNulty
Directed by Jake Schaefer
July 21 – 29, Academy Play
Jim Hawkins’ adventure begins when Billy Bones, the old sea-dog captain, appears one morning in the Admiral Benbow Inn. Billy Bones admits to Jim he was Flint the pirate’s first mate and that he holds Flint’s map to his buried treasure. Bill’s got the shakes because the rest of Flint’s crew is coming for him. Jim takes the map, eludes the pirates, and sets his course for adventure. Together with Doctor Livesay and Squire Trelawney, they quickly decide to outfit a ship and travel the sea to hunt that treasure. Aboard the ship, Jim meets Long John Silver, who befriends him. But Jim quickly learns who Long John really is and what his plans are. Once the ship anchors off the coast of Treasure Island, the pirates turn on Jim and his companions. Jim takes on the responsibility to save the ship and his shipmates and to secure the treasure.
BY Max Bush
ADAPTED FROM THE NOVEL BY Robert Louis Stevenson
August 11 – 19, Academy Musical
Grab a D-I-C-T-I-O-N-A-R-Y and welcome to the spelling bee. This heartfelt musical comedy follows an eclectic group of tweens who compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Eight spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.
While largely a fantastically funny and heartfelt look at a group of elementary schoolers on the cusp of adolescence, some themes may be mature for some young artists/patrons.
CONCEIVED BY Rebecca Feldman
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL BY Jay Reiss
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY William Finn
BOOK BY Rachel Sheinkin
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