Premiere performance of professional Robin Hood musical coming to Abilene on Oct. 15th

By: 
JOSEPH GRANT
LEAD STAFF REPORTER

The Children’s Performing Arts Series in Abilene is launching its 32nd season with the exclusive world premiere of “Robin! A Musical Adventure,” an original musical comedy. Based on the classic English legend of Robin Hood, the show will be performed on Sunday, October 15 at 2pm at the Historic Paramount Theatre in Abilene.
CPAS brings professional, touring children’s theater shows to Abilene for the benefit of area children and families. Sponsors underwrite the cost of operation, enabling CPAS to give away tickets or sell tickets for an artificially low price, so everyone can enjoy the shows.
NeverTold Productions, Inc., a theater production and performance company headquartered in Massachusetts, has created the show specifically for CPAS. The show will become available for other bookings around the country following its Abilene debut.
Four shows in all will be presented during the CPAS 2017-18 season. Three of the performances will present on Sunday afternoons at 2pm, while the fourth, “A Sleeping Beauty Christmas,” will offer two performances on a Saturday. Season tickets can be purchased at cpasabilene.org or by calling 325-677-1161.
The shows for the upcoming season are:
“Robin! A Musical Adventure” – Sunday, October 15, 2017 – 2 p.m.
NeverTold Productions, Inc. out of Massachusetts is creating this brand-new production based on the classic English legend at the exclusive request of CPAS. Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws encounter adventure and fun as they seek to carve out a sliver of justice from the tyrannical rule of a petty prince and a surly sheriff. Audiences will enjoy watching Robin outwit his foes and win the heart of his one, true love, Maid Marion. The show will become available for other bookings around the country following the Abilene debut.
“A Sleeping Beauty Christmas” – Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
CPAS will present two performances of “A Sleeping Beauty Christmas,” an original musical based on the classic fairy tale. This version of the story, however, comes with a holiday twist! A king and his queen are delighted at the December birth of their daughter and throw a huge Christmas party. They fail to invite a powerful sorceress, however, who then casts a perpetual sleeping spell over the palace. Love, of course, eventually prevails to awaken the sleeping princess and her royal court and return the kingdom to joyful life! The production comes from The Panto Company, USA, a British-owned children’s touring company with a US division. 
“Pete the Cat” – Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 2 p.m.
Pete the Cat will mosey into town bringing all the fun, whimsy and laugh out loud moments that follow the groovy blue cat, known to millions as the subject of an extremely popular children’s book series.  In this story, Pete gets caught rocking out after bedtime, so the cat-catcher sends him to live with the super-square Biddle family to learn his manners. When Pete meets young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth, they both have a lot to teach each other. Together they embark on an adventure of friendship that will take them all the way to Paris, and back in a VW Bus.
“Circo Comedia” – Sunday, April 22, 2018 – 2 p.m.
The season will wrap up with unpredictable thrills, sidesplitting comedy and daredevil stunts when Circo Comedia rolls onto the Paramount stage. Following in the tradition of the Quebec Circus, Jean Saucier, master equilibrist, juggler, trick cyclist, acrobat and magician will perform jaw-dropping feats from dizzying heights, while Patrick Côté, comic clown, expert roller skater and drummer, innocently tries his best to be the (imperfect) assistant. This deliriously funny show filled with unforgettable moments is family entertainment at its finest.
Ticket levels and prices - Season ticket purchasers can buy either a 3 or 4 show season packages, and can also choose whether to pay a little more to attend celebrated after parties where kids will meet the casts of “Robin! A Musical Adventure” and “Pete the Cat,” and enjoy show-themed snacks, crafts and games. The parties will be held at the Grace Museum and Cypress Street Station and party-goers will enjoy an extended time of fun creating even more memories of their theatrical afternoon.
 Theater is a gateway to a world of imagination, and CPAS shows offer original stories and music, family fun and magical memories at an extremely affordable price. Over 50 generous community sponsors support the organization—and by extension, all Abilene families.
For more information, call CPAS director Hollye Jaklewicz at 325-370-6291 or send an email to hollye@abilenecac.org

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