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‘The Magic Tree House’ returns to the Norvell Theater

By Josh Wainright, PPT

What would you do if a tree house in your neighborhood could transport you anywhere you wanted to go?

Siblings Jack and Annie return to visit the Magic Tree House filled with a magnificent collection of books that can transport the reader to the wonderful faraway settings featured in their pages.

Following the popularity of last season’s production of the first book in the series, “Dinosaurs Before Dark,” in which the siblings were taken back to prehistoric times, PPT’s creative team is continuing the exciting journey in another fun-filled musical based on the second book in the series, “The Knight at Dawn.” This time the Norvell Theater will be transformed into a storybook castle in Medieval England, from feasting hall to dreadful dungeon.

While reading a book about knights and the Middle Ages, Annie is intrigued by the Black Knight and the mysterious quest he says one must successfully complete before becoming a knight. When she wishes to visit the castle in the book, the siblings are whisked away to medieval times and set off to learn more about the Black Knight and his quest.

Through their adventure, the two discover the power of hope and the true meaning of gallantry.

“Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn” is an adaptation of the second of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series. The books are number one New York Times bestsellers with more than 100 million copies sold in North America alone.

Highly recommended by parents and educators everywhere, the Magic Tree House introduces young readers to different cultures and times in history and has inspired reading in countless children all over the world.

And now, Piedmont Players Theatre will give North Carolina students the opportunity to see the pages come to life live on the Norvell Theater stage!

In addition to six public shows, “Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn” is also PPT’s second and third grade school show. All second and third grade classes in the county will be bused in to the Norvell to experience live theatre the week of Nov. 9.

The public can join Jack and Annie on their adventure back in time beginning Nov. 13. Public show dates are Nov. 13 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 14 and 21 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Adults $10, seniors/students $8. Producing Partner Salisbury Academy.

Tickets go on sale Nov. 9 at the Norvell box office, 704-633-5471 or online at PiedmontPlayers.com 

Meet the cast

Annie: Berkley Loeblein

Jack: Garrett Alewine

Bartley: Alyssa Elston

Baxter: Kaleb Gilmore

Black Knight: Joseph Clark

Cartwright: Cooper Fleeman

Chandler: Ava Morris

Duke: Alex Gobbel

Elf: Evie Rich

Harry: Alex Blumenthal

Jester: Jillian Rippey

Keenan: Sara Richard

Keeper 1: Peyton Whicker

Keeper 2: Ainslee Lowry

Mustache: Ke’shun Bradley

Older Vagrant: Amber Bouknight

Red: Meredith Swaim

Rikki: Hannah Bogle

Sharon: Courtney Williams

Squinty: Caroline Sobolowski

Suit 1: Colten Stanford

Suit 2: Alyssa Alley

Suit 3: Maddy Lee

Suit 4: Keeley Watson

Suit 5: Cooper Fleeman

Suit 6: Abby Bogle

Tom: Hannah Carr

Yates: Maggie Cross

Younger vagrant: Meredith Williams

Stage manager: Amery Barton

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