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Act Out Theatre Group finds ‘Dinosaurs Before Dark’ in Dunmore March 29-31

Act Out Theatre Group finds ‘Dinosaurs Before Dark’ in Dunmore March 29-31
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From a press release:

Act Out Theatre Group will present the “Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark” Kids, a musical adaptation of the first of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure books from the “Magic Tree House” book series, for one weekend only – Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31 in Dunmore.

In this children’s story, siblings Jack and Annie discover a tree house full of books while exploring one afternoon. Jack looks through a book about dinosaurs and wishes he could see a real one. Suddenly, the wind begins to blow and the tree house starts to spin wildly. When it finally stops, Jack and Annie open their eyes to find they have been transported back to the time of the dinosaurs. They have a harrowing adventure, befriending some dinosaurs along the way as they try to make their way back home.

According to Kalen Churcher, the musical’s director from Plymouth, the production shows what some of the theatre’s youngest actors and actresses are able to do.

“It really is amazing,” said Churcher. “Some of our cast members have never been on stage before or are playing leading roles for the first time, and they are doing great.”

Jack and Annie, played by Dallas Fernandes of Wilkes-Barre and Alaina Scassellatti of Jessup, explore prehistoric times thanks to a good book, a magic tree house, and some big imaginations, courageously learning that things are not always what they seem.

Once back in time, the brother and sister duo encounter a variety of dinosaurs, including a Tyrannosaurus rex, played by Ben Gruden of Plains Twp.

Additional cast members include Ben McDonald (Scranton), Lorcan Baden (Taylor), Vivian Santiago (Covington Twp.), Chloe Kutney (Bear Creek Twp.), and Samantha Greefield (Old Forge).

The “Magic Tree House” books have sold more than 100 million copies and is available in more than 100 countries around the world.

“Dinosaurs Before Dark” Kids opens on the Act Out stage (150 E. Grove St., Dunmore) on March 29 at 7 p.m. Additional shows are at 7 p.m. on March 30 and 2 p.m. on March 31.

Tickets, which are $15 and include a dinosaur craft session immediately following the show, can be purchased by e-mailing Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Reservations are recommended but not required.

Dallas Fernandes and Alaina Scassellatti play adventurous
siblings in ‘Dinosaurs Before Dark.’