Transcendence Theatre’s “Fantastical Family Night” on July 25 and 26 at Jack London Historic Sate Park will be a fun family evening with lots of surprises. The music is all familiar material that everyone knows and loves, and the audience will be invited to sing along.
The production is the second of four separate themed Broadway Under The Stars concerts in Jack London State Historic Park this summer. Last year’s “Fantastical Family Night” won the Broadway World San Francisco award for “Best Performance For Youth.”
Co-directors Eric Jackson and Scott Barnhardt based the show on the theme of the 2014 Transcendence Season: “Paint the Universe.”
“For our vision, we wanted to explore what does it really mean to paint the universe and how does it relate to our children’s future,” said Jackson. “The show also showcases the amazing talents of the Transcendence artists, so don’t be surprised if you see old familiar songs re-purposed in a brand new way.”
Added Barnhardt, “There are many well-known children’s songs that have beautiful moral lessons, and by changing the way we present these songs we will be able to transcend our adult audience as well.”
Fantastical Family Night will include performers who have been featured on Broadway in “Mary Poppins,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Wicked,” “42nd Street,” “Mamma Mia,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and more.
Also featured will be youngsters from Broadway Kids Camp, a week-long experience of musical theatre workshops led by members of the professional troupe. With their production the number, the kid offer a” transcendent tribute” to the end of camp.
The 2014 Broadway Under the Stars summer concert series continues, with eight additional performances, in August through September. All events begin with a pre-show picnic at 5 p.m., with food and wine for sale from various vendors on site, with a 7:30 p.m. show time. $42-$125. TTCsonoma.org. 877.424.1414.