Hale Centre Theatre presents the ageless story of the family time forgot with the regional premiere of Tuck Everlasting, running through June 23 on the state-of-the-art Sorenson Legacy Jewel Box Stage in the new Mountain America Performing Arts Centre in Sandy.
“Tuck Everlasting raises the age-old question – is it better to live out your life or stop time and live forever,” said Sally Dietlein, HCT vice president and executive producer. “It’s a musical that shows how there is always a desire for love and life from childhood to old age. There’s something in this production for every member of the family, including grandma and grandpa!”
Tuck Everlasting is a new musical based on Natalie Babbitt’s American children’s novel of the same name. The classic story is often read in schools and has been enjoyed by many generations. The musical adaptation of the classic story made its world premiere in Atlanta, Georgia in 2015 and then moved to Broadway in 2016. Hale Centre Theatre’s production marks the first time the musical will be performed in the Western region and features a cast of all local professional actors.
“It is beyond exciting that our beloved story is being told at one of the country’s preeminent family theaters,” said Nathan Tysen, songwriter of Tuck Everlasting. “Thank you, Hale Centre, for your commitment to life-affirming theatre and your dedication to building the next generation of theatergoers.”
The story centers on Winnie Foster, an 11-year-old girl wanting freedom from her stuffy home in New Hampshire during the late 1800s. Her path crosses with the Tucks, a family that drank from the spring in the woods near Winnie’s house and has ceased aging ever since. Winnie must protect their secret from the prying eyes of her town, and from the Man in the Yellow Suit, who has been hunting the Tucks for years. As the Tucks prepare to move on to the next town, Winnie is faced with a decision: live out her life until her old age or join the Tucks on their immortal adventure.
Hale Centre Theatre’s Tuck Everlasting is cast with talented Utah actors: Mia Bagley and Aimee Johnson as Winnie Foster; Kooper Campbell is single cast as Jesse Tuck; Marshall R. Madsen is single cast as Miles Tuck; Bailee Brinkerhoff Morris and Michelle Blake as Mae Tuck; David K. Martin and Brian Neal Clark as Angus Tuck; and David W. Stensrud and Stephen Kerr as Man in the Yellow Suit.
The Hale will present more than 90 consecutive performances of Tuck Everlasting for the 2018 Mountain America Credit Union season of entertainment. Performance times are 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and matinees Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. No children under the age of five are permitted in the theater. Ticket prices are $40 for adults and $20 for youth ages five through 17.
For ticket information call 801-984-9000, go to www.hct.org, or visit the box office at 9900 S. Monroe Street in Sandy City. For updates, contests and information on the current theater season, follow Hale Centre Theatre on Facebook.
In conjunction with the production, the HCT Applauds honoree for Tuck Everlasting is Dyslexia Center of Utah, who inspire and transform students with learning differences into confident, independent and successful readers.
Kooper Campbell as Jesse Tuck and Aimee Johnson as Winnie Foster in Hale Centre Theatre’s Tuck Everlasting. Photo credit: Hale Centre Theatre