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EJHS Staging “The Enchanted Bookshop Musical”

Famous storybook characters will be featured as Edison Jr. High School stages its spring production of “The Enchanted
Bookshop Musical” on March 1.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the curtain rises for the performance at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 for senior citizens, students and younger children and $3 for adults. The book is by Todd Wallinger with music and lyrics by Stephen Murray.
A Likely Story is an ordinary used bookstore, but extraordinary things happen at night after the Book Fairy’s spell releases popular characters from within the pages of such tales as “Heidi,” “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “TheWizard of Oz,” “Alice in Wonderland” and more. They want to help the shop owner, Margie, save her business but are not allowed to be seen or leave the building. The production celebrates the joy of reading with a blend of jazz, march and pop tunes and will delight viewers of all ages.

Vocal Music Director Jacqueline Harris said the story was similar to the movie, “Night at the Museum,” but with such characters as Dorothy, Robin Hood and Pollyanna leaping from the bookshelves. “It takes place at a second-hand bookshop and they can’t be seen by humans,” Harris said. “Thieves are trying to find a necklace hidden in
a hollow book and the characters come to life.”

She invites youngsters to dress as some of their favorite characters for a chance to take photographs on stage with the cast.