The latest tale to grace the stage of the Fulton Family Series is The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. This musical is based on the 1960s children’s book by Jeff Brown, and tells the story of Stanley Lambchop who wants to go on adventures. Stanley makes a wish to do amazing things, and he ends up flattened by a bulletin board. The Fulton brings this popular children’s story to life and it is flat-out fun.
Andrew Kindig plays Flat Stanley, and he does a fantastic job bringing this character to life. Kindig is energetic and entertaining in this role. When Stanley exclaims, “I want to be a hero in an adventure,” every person in the audience, adult and child, takes part in Stanley’s adventure. Brian Bohr plays Stanley’s brother, Arthur. Bohr is animated in his performance, and depicts the sibling relationship perfectly. The song Kindig and Bohr sing, “I Wish I Were,” was one of my favorite songs in the musical, and brought to life the wonderful imaginations of children. The song is also filled with the authentic energy of two young children. Cary Michele Miller portrays Mrs. Cartero the postal delivery person. Cary adds a depth of humor to the show, and her dancing sequences throughout the show were spectacular. Miller dances many of the popular dances of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and adults and children alike will love this character. Miller has an infectious energy throughout the show. Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop, Stanley’s and Arthur’s parents, are played by Steve Calzaretta and Sarah Timm. They portray the retro parents, but they try to impress their children with their coolness. Their song, “The Funny Sunny Side” where they try to teach Stanley to find the positive and humor in being flat is entertaining. Calzaretta and Timm provide additional comic relief to the show and their spirit rounds out this fabulous cast.
The Musical Adventure of Flat Stanley is directed by Dean Sobon. Aaron McAllister serves as the musical director. Samantha Hewes is the choreographer, William Mohney is the scenic designer and Anthony Lascoskie Jr. is the costume designer. All these people need commended in the superb job they did putting this show together.
The Musical Adventure of Flat Stanley is a show that adults and children will enjoy. Children will enjoy watching one of their favorite stories come to life on stage, and adults will appreciate the humor that references pop culture from their childhood. This truly is a musical that the whole family will enjoy.
There are three more chances to see The Musical Adventure of Flat Stanley, May 3, 4, and 11, 2013. Call the Fulton Box office at 717-397-7425 or visit www.thefulton.org to reserve your tickets.
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