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Monday, October 3, 2016
A note from Director Niffer Clarke: Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium
In 1992, R.L. Stine released his first novel in the Goosebumps series, a series which
quickly went on to sell over 350 million books worldwide in 32 languages. In
fact, it was named the world’s bestselling book series of all time in the 2003
Guinness Book of World Records. Stine’s intention with the books is "to
give a chill and a laugh at the same time.”
The basic plot framework of the books is children facing
frightening situations and using their own wit and imagination to escape them.
The stuff that great children's theater is made of! Lucky for us, John Maclay
and Danny Abosch thought so and have brought us Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium. This book,
#24 in the series, lends itself perfectly to becoming a musical. A thrilling
musical about putting on a scary show in a haunted school.
It is a story filled with the unexplainable and mysterious -
secret passageways, unaccountable mischief, shadowy suspects, ghost stories. It
takes place in a setting familiar to all of us - a middle school auditorium.
There are plenty of recognizable characters - that drama teacher we all had,
the suspicious-looking janitor, the mean girl, the curious new kid, the
practical joker, the brave girl who is like totally into creepy stuff.
Now, for those of us who didn’t necessarily grow up reading Goosebumps (because we’re just that old,
OK?), I like to think of it as Scooby Doo with a little Stephen King or Neil
Gaiman mild sauce on the side! It is my hope that you will be kept on the edge
of your seats, watching these delightfully meddling kids bravely and creatively
solve the mystery unfolding in this auditorium!
books have frightened generations of kids for decades. And with Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the
Auditorium, it promises to continue for generations to come!