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'Magic Tree House' comes to life on stage

Oct. 10, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Mary Pope Osborne's beloved "Magic Tree House" books, which have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide, will spring to life with "Magic Tree House: The Musical" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, in Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium.

Working closely with Osborne to preserve the imagination-stimulating power of the original "Magic Tree House" books, creators have developed a full scale, Broadway-style musical that the whole family will enjoy. The show features more than two dozen life-sized puppets by Mary Brehmer, a three-time Daytime Emmy nominee for her work with the Muppets. The sets by Broadway designer Alexander Dodge, with lighting by Matthew Richards, create a dynamic environment, and Daytime Emmy winner Sarah Iams has designed wonderfully imaginative costumes to outfit the entire kingdom of Camelot.

Featuring over a dozen original songs, "Magic Tree House" takes Jack and Annie, the series' popular brother-sister team, on their most thrilling adventure yet. To restore joy and magic to King Arthur's kingdom, they must travel to Camelot's dreaded Otherworld and return with water from the mythical Cauldron of Memory and Imagination. If they fail, Camelot will be lost and forgotten forever--and the Magic Tree House will be destroyed. Rising to each new challenge with courage, humor and resourcefulness, Jack and Annie discover that memory and imagination are gifts we can all use to fill our lives with magic.

"Magic Tree House: The Musical" at Miller Auditorium is part of the Lake Michigan Mailers Spotlight Series and is sponsored by Wendy's. Tickets are on sale now and range from $15 to $35. They are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 20 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for special discounts.

Media contact: Tracey Lawie (269) 387-2309, tracey.lawie@wmich.edu

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