Can you name the composer of LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, NEWIES, HERCULES, POCAHANTAS, ENCHANTED and TANGLED? Alan Menken of course! On July 15 & 16 Marin Summer Theater will present the original musical revue A WHOLE NEW WORLD: The Magic of Alan Menken at the Emily Gates Student Center at San Marin High School in Novato. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.marinsummertheater.org or at the door.
Presented with special permisson from Walt Disney Music, A WHOLE NEW WORLD: The Magic of Alan Menken, is a lively, family friendly musical revue featuring the best loved songs from Alan Menken’s catalog including A Whole New World, Be Our Guest, Belle Carrying the Banner, Colors of the Wind, Gaston, Go the Distance, Kiss the Girl, Santa Fe, Seize the Day, Under the Sea, When Will My Life Begin, Zero to Hero and many more.
Alan Menken has collaborated with such lyricists as Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Glenn Slater, Stephen Schwartz and David Zippel to create the soundtrack of the Disney Renascence, staring with LITTLE MERMAID in 1989. With eight Academy Award wins (four each for Best Score and Best Original Song), Menken is the second most prolific Oscar winner in the music categories and also won eleven Grammy Awards, a Tony Award and other honors.
Directed by Amanda Morando and Kate Kenyon (who also serve as Musical Director and Choreographer respectively), the A WHOLE NEW WORLD creative team includes Costume Design by Natalie Oga, Lighting Design by Brigid Tillotson, and Projection Design by Harrison Moye. Featured in the cast are Marin Summer Theater company members Christina Campbell, Lauren Hartley, Jake Olson, Morgan Hacker, Jesse Northen, Ava Roche, Lauren Whyte, Elliott Hanson, Ava Olson and Elena Schoen.
Also appearing in A WHOLE NEW WORLD are members of MST’s Musical Theater Madness workshop Maia Adler, Gabrielle Giragossian, Maya Pellegrino, Jack Covert, Michael Griffin, Katrina Quinn, Lexi Wolfson, Amari Forney, Laura McEwan, and Molly Weins.
After A WHOLE NEW WORLD, MST will present LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL (July 21 through July 31) at Drake High School in San Anselmo. LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL is the Tony nominated musical based on Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel, Little Women.
Now in its eighth season, Marin Summer Theater has received over twenty BroadwayWorld SF Awards and fifteen National Youth in Arts awards. Ticket prices start at $7.50 for Thursday performances and $15 for other performances.
Marin Summer Theater is a non-profit theater company for students of performing arts between the ages of 13 and 23. MST's mission is threefold: To present exciting, professional quality drama, musical theater and musical revue productions; to keep tuition as low as possible so that cost is not a barrier to participation; and to create a diverse company of college and high school students.