SCR Closes Theatre for Young Audiences Season With New Musical Tale, Amos & Boris
COSTA MESA, Calif. (April 4, 2018)— South Coast Repertory concludes the 2017-18 Theatre for Young Audiences series with Amos & Boris, adapted from the classic children’s book by William Steig. This theatrical retelling has been adapted for the stage by Sofia Alvarez with music and additional lyrics by Daniel Roland Tierney. The world premiere will be directed by Jessica Kubzansky on the Julianne Argyros Stage, May 19-June 3. Tickets are available now at www.scr.org.
“What’s so exciting about the privilege of directing this new young audiences work are the production puzzles that need to be solved to make the musical as exciting a thrill-ride as possible,” said Kubzansky.
The tale starts and ends in Mouse Town, with an adventure in between. Alvarez has written what’s described as a “fun, funny and funky musical that teaches lessons about being yourself and the enduring power of friendship.”
Kubzansky sees the story of Amos & Boris as a hero’s journey.
“An adventurous mouse named Amos, who feels like a misfit in Mouse Town and yearns to go to sea, builds a boat, sets sail and meets many fascinating sea creatures. But when his boat disappears, he is rescued by a whale named Boris, who becomes a firm friend” she said.
“Like all heroes who eventually find their way back home, Amos begins yearning for the beauties of the land, specifically Mouse Town. Amos and Boris believe they’ll never see each other again, but their friendship has more in store” she said.
The cast includes Preston Butler III, Matthew Hancock, Doug Harvey, Michael Manuel, Maegan McConnell, Ella Saldana North and Joshua Wolf Colman.
The design and creative team includes François-Pierre Couture, scenic design; Denitsa Bliznakova, costume design; Rose Malone, lighting design; John Nabori, sound design; Deborah Wicks La Puma, music direction; Susan Gratch, puppets; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. The production manager is Joshua Marchesi and the stage manager is Kathryn Davies. The dramaturg is Kimberly Colburn.
Amos & Boris has generous support from Honorary Producers Susan Bowman & Freddie Greenfield and Lisa & Richard DeLorimier. OC Family is the media sponsor.
Tickets start at $23 for children ages 4-12; $28 for adults. For complete information, visit www.scr.org
Related Information for Amos & Boris
Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Ticket prices start at $23 for children ages 4-12; $28 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run May 18-25. Performances run May 18-June 3.
Performance Dates and Times:
- Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, May 19, at 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, May 27, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.
Further information is available at www.scr.org.
ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org