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The Phantom Tollbooth by Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior

Escape to a magical world May 17-20, 2012 in this stage adaptation of the beloved children's book, performed by the AACT kids troupe

Why spend another day in front of the TV when you can travel to the Kingdom of Wisdom and venture to the Castle in the Air? From May 17 to 20, 2012, come follow Milo, a curious young boy and star of Norton Juster's whimsical children's novel, The Phantom Tollbooth, as he comes to life in the Ann Arbor Civic Theater Junior's adaptation of this magical tale.

Directed by Jenny Anne Koppera and adapted by Susan Nanus, this play retells the beloved story of a boy, bored with life, who stumbles upon a miniature tollbooth and discovers its secret path to many lands of wonder.

Chockfull of clever puns, our tale finds Milo traveling through places like Digitopolis, where "subtraction stew" makes you hungrier with every bite you take, in attempt to rescue Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason. This journey, however, is not without the many troubles of people like the Terrible Trivium of useless jobs and The Senses ("Census") Taker of useless questions. With quirky characters and fascinating lands, this fun-filled adventure promises to be truly unforgettable for children and parents alike.

The toll price for show tickets is $5, and they can be purchased at the Washtenaw Community College Theatre in Ann Arbor (where the production takes place) or by phone at 734-971-2228. Audience members ages 4 and up are welcome. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 1 p.m Saturday-Sunday.

Will Milo, with his faithful companions Tock the "watch"-dog and Humbug the needy beetle, ever make it to the castle in time? Prepare yourself for the adventure of the summer – and don't miss out on the magical world that lies past the tollbooth!

Find out more about the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre production of The Phantom Tollbooth in our Metro Parent listing.

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