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Adventure Theatre’s “Alexander and the…Very Bad Day” boasts script by original author

Christian Montgomery as Alexander 21 copyChristian Montgomery has “terrible” day as Alexander in children’s classic at Adventure Theatre. COURTESY PHOTO BY SARAH STRAUB  A book published in 1972 with the unwieldly title – “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” – remains beloved to children and on school curricula.

Author Judith Viorst followed up with three sequels and wrote a play she based on the original “Alexander.”

With music by Shelly Markham and Viorst’s lyrics, “Alexander” is next on the agenda of Adventure Theatre MTC (Music Theatre Center).

Artistic director Michael Bobbitt met the author when he choreographed a musical of one of the Alexander stories the Kennedy Center developed.

“We stayed in touch,” Bobbitt said.

To Bobbitt, the Alexander books are popular because they look at the world from a child’s point of view.

“Kids’ problems may seem trivial to us, and the first Alexander book presents a series of them,” Bobbitt said. “You could write a full dramatic work about a kid trying to tie his shoelaces. When they do it, they want to share what they did, and adults often don’t have the time.”

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A snow day turns special when "Frosty the Snow Man" comes to life at Adventure Theatre

FROSTY 2 copyDallas Tolentino plays the title character of “Frosty the Snow Man” at Adventure Theatre. COURTESY PHOTO You can’t escape the wildly popular Christmas song when you enter stores during the holiday season.

“Frosty the Snow Man,” written by Steve "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, and first recorded by Gene Autry, has taken on a life of its own. The story of the magical snowman has been sung by various artists since its inception, including Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Jimmy Durante, and been adapted in other mediums, including animated television specials and children’s books.

Now “Frosty the Snow Man” is commanding the stage at Adventure Theatre. Dallas Tolentino plays Frosty in a white suit and vest, with LED lights.

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Learning to overdose on the theater in a perfectly good way

greek tragedy and comedy masksIf you like “theater writ large,” the place to be over the Labor Day Weekend is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which is hosting the 16th annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival.

More than 60 theaters from the metropolitan area will present open rehearsals, concert readings, and workshops of new plays often still in the development phase.

Montgomery County is well represented, with at least eight of its theaters participating.

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