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Published: Thursday, 5/14/2009

Play spoofs traditional British mysteries

BY NANCIANN CHERRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER

The North Coast Theatre spoofs the traditional British village mystery as it presents Terror at Tea Time, an original work by director Christine Child.

Terror concerns several actors who show up for a run-through of a play, but the director fails to appear. The actors then take matters into their own hands, and all sorts of comic things ensue, Child says.

The light-hearted comedy is a companion piece to North Coast's previous production, Murder at Little Wotting, according to Child. The characters are the same in both shows, and, for the most part, the actors are too.

The show, which is appropriate for audience members age 10 and older, stars Caribbea Danko-McGhee, Madge Levinson, Ben Masternak, Nora Warejko, and Matthew Wikander.

Those buying tickets through the North Coast Theatre can request a Rockwell's dinner, and $20 will buy one of three entrees, plus several sides and coffee or tea. So an adult dinner-theater ticket will be $30; students, $25. Show-only prices are $10 and $5.

"Terror at Tea Time" is scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and May 22, 23, 28, and 29 in the South Wing of the historic Oliver House, 27 Broadway. Information: 419-255-0416 or northcoasttheatre@mindspring.com.

Jack and Annie may be two ordinary siblings, but their back yard in Frog Creek, Pa., is a place of wondrous adventure. That's because it's home to a magic tree house filled with books, and every time the children open one of the books, they're transported to the scene.

Northwest Ohio audiences will get to meet Jack and Annie and go along on one of their adventures when Magic Tree House: The Musical lands Sunday in the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio in Van Wert.

Based on Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series, which has sold more than 60 million books worldwide, the two-hour Broadway-style musical has Jack and Annie visiting Camelot, where they discover that joy and magic are fading from King Arthur's kingdom.

Magic Tree House: The Musical is a replacement for Arthur Live!, which had been scheduled in March. Ticket holders for the March show can call the box office for information on swapping tickets or seeking refunds.

"Magic Tree House: The Musical" is scheduled at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, 10700 State Rt. 118 South, Van Wert. Tickets range from $10 to $20 for children and $20 to $30 for adults. Information: 419-238-6722.

•Christmas Belles, a play by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooton, will be the finale of Genoa Civic Theatre's 27th season, which had the theme of Christmas all-year-long. The play revisits many of the same characters in Dearly Beloved, a show that was presented in Genoa two years ago. Directed by Sheila Shlievert, performances will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 24 in the Historic Genoa Town Hall Opera House, 509 1/2 Main St., Genoa. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Information: genoacivictheatre.org.

•A musical version of Alice in Wonderland is scheduled this weekend in Monroe. Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum will appear onstage in an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic about a girl who tumbles down an enchanted rabbit hole to an off-kilter version of the world she knows.

Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Meyer Theater of the La-Z-Boy Center at Monroe County Community College, 1555 South Raisinville Rd., Monroe. The troupe is running a special on ticket prices. Adults who buy a ticket in advance for $18 can receive one child's ticket for free. The offer is available through cast members or by calling the MCP ticket hotline 734-241-7900. At the door, tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and children.

Contact Nanciann Cherry at:

ncherry@theblade.com

or 419-724-6130.



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