Milwaukee Youth Theatre
2013 - 2014 Season

Celebrating our 22nd Season!

The Phantom Tollbooth

Still Life With Iris

The World Beyond The Door: Folktales
From Around The Globe


The Phantom Tollbooth
Adapted by Susan Nanus.
Based on the book by Norton Juster.

School Shows
Ivory Hall
Wednesday 10/23 10AM
Thursday 10/24 10AM

Public Performance
Ivory Hall
Friday 10/25 7PM

Synopsis:
Based on the classic novel by Norton
Juster, this stage adaptation features a
bored boy named Milo. After a tollbooth
appears his room, Milo goes on a magical
quest through the Kingdom of Wisdom to
the Castle in the Air, amazing places with
magicians, princesses, and talking
creatures. Along the way Milo strives to
end the quarrel between King Azaz of
Dictionopolis and the Mathemagician of
Digitopolis. Tock the watchdog and
Humbug are Milo’s companions on his
journey to save the banished Princesses of
Rhyme and Reason. Milo and company
encounter an entire cast of unforgettable
characters who give them clues and teach
valuable lessons along the way.


Still Life With Iris
By Steven Dietz

Public Performances
Room 208
Thursday 2/20 7PM
Friday 2/21 7PM

Synopsis:
Set in Nocturno,
Still Life With Iris
chronicles a young girl's quest to regain her
memory and with it her home. With the
help of the incredible people she meets
along the way, Iris' crusade recovers more
than her past. She succeeds in finding
herself: the power of faith and the courage
of persistence. These traits will lead her
home.
In the world of Nocturno, all the things one
sees by day are made by the people who
live there at night while the rest of the
world sleeps. The sun is raised each
morning by a signal from the day breaker,
the moon is roped and lowered into a
basket every night. The inhabitants of
Nocturno busy themselves all night long
putting leaves back on the branches,
painting the flowers, filling the clouds with
rain, making and bottling thunder for
storms, and painting the spots on the
ladybugs. In this world, Iris is a ten-year-
old girl living happily with her mother.
Each of the inhabitants of Nocturno wears
a beautiful coat that contains all their
memories, a coat that is kept carefully
mended by the local tailor, the Memory
Mender. Without the coat, or if it becomes
threadbare, the inhabitants would lose
who they really were, because they
wouldn't be able to remember. During their
work, they are expected to keep a lookout
for the perfect example of their creations,
which will then be sent to the Island of the
Great Goods, where Grotto and Gretta
Good rule and keep a single example of the
perfect leaf, or the perfect book, and so
on. Because she's seen as being perfect of
her kind, she is taken to the island of the
Great Goods, to become their perfect
daughter. To do so, she has her coat taken
away from her. Iris manages to keep a
button from her coat, and when she holds
it, she remembers something, but the
memory is slim and enigmatic. She then
goes on a journey to reclaim that memory.
The play's story line is in the tradition of
Alice in Wonderland. Its allegorical
elements and cultural references may
mean more to the parents in the audience
than to the children, but its strong plot,
fantastical characters, and appealing
heroine will engage children as well. The
play explores how loss of one's past steals
the future as well, and how our past
defines who we are. Through a series of
encounters with new friends, Iris is able to
seek and discover the rest of her past, as
well as revealing a wonderful secret which
changes her future.


The World Beyond The Door: Folktales
From Around The Globe

MYT Original Adaptations of Multi-Cultural
Folktales

Performances
Ivory Hall
Thursday May 22 10am
Friday May 23 10am & 7pm

Advance tickets for the Friday night show
may be purchased online
here

Synopsis
This original play features six folktales
from around the world:
South Africa,
E
ngland, Iran, China, Guatemala and a
Native American Folktale. A group of young
people find themselves together at a local
park where a door mysteriously appears.
The door leads to a world of stories and
that world is in jeopardy for the young
people's world is quickly forgetting the
stories that keep "The World Beyond the
Door" alive. It is up to the children to learn
the stories and share them with their world
before it is too late.

This is a large ensemble cast and will
include music, puppetry and creative
movement.

This show is supported in part by a grant
from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the
Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the
State of Wisconsin.