Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark’s newest children’s musical, Rapunzel, received its world premiere on March 11, 2023, at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA. Directed by Robin, this modern version flips old fairytale stereotypes. No longer a story about a “damsel in distress,” this adventure is a quest for the true Ruler of the Kingdom which Rapunzel is destined to be…if she could only get over her fear of heights and find a way down from the 80-foot tower in which she currently finds herself. Rapunzel is also about the empowerment of women and the breaking of old gender stereotypes.
The premiere cast starred Kristen Zembower as Rapunzel, Tyler Shade as Prince Andreas, Katie Sina Kindig as Guardian, Andrew King as Commentary, Rita Katey as Harmony, and Bryant Martin as King Stefan.
The show will next open at Maine State Music Theatre on June 12, 2023.
Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark have penned a new children’s musical, Rapunzel, based on the Brothers’ Grimm fairytale but retold in a completely modernized version, which will received its world premiere at the Fulton Theatre on March 11 -25, 2023, and its East Coast premiere at Maine State Music Theatre on June 13, 2023. Reimagined for a contemporary audience, this Rapunzel is no longer a story about a “damsel in distress,” but rather about a young woman conquering her fears and finding empowerment. This energetic and high-spirited story flips the stereotypes of the old fairy tales and brings a fresh spin that is sure to engage all ages.
Maine State Music Theatre opened its 2022 Theatre for Young Audience’s Series with a new production of Robin and Clark’s Jack and the Beanstalk that drew a large, enthusiastic audience on June 13. Betsy Puelle directed ( and designed the production) with choreography by Mikala Jane Clifford and Music Direction by Matt LaBerge. Broadway World Maine reviewed the production warmly, saying “This hour-long musical version with book, music and lyrics by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark is a fast-paced, engaging, and interactive retelling of the familiar fairytale that keeps its freshness and appeal.”
The Fulton Theatre opened a new lavish production of Robin & Clark’s Snow White on November 20, 2021. This first offering in the season’s Theatre for Young Audiences Series has already been held over by popular demand through December 30, 2021. Directed by Marc Robin the performances features Michaela Bolt as Snow White, Nathaniel Hackmann as Prince Charming, Katie Sina Kindig as the evil Queen Narcissus, and Alex Haydn Miller as the Magic Mirror. The seven dwarfs in this modernized version are based on historical figures. Jonathan Bryant plays Columbus, Randall Frizado is Scrooge, Aaron Pottenger is Martin Luther King, David Diehl is Caruso, Brian Padgett is Freud , Carlos Jimenez is DaVinci, and Austin Phillips is Merlin. The show plays concurrently with the main stage production of Rdogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, making the holidays in Lancaster a thoroughly magical experience! (Photos courtesy Fulton Theatre, Kinectiv, photographers)
The English Theatre of Düsseldorf will present the German premiere of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark’s musical, Cinderella, on September 5 at 4:00 p.m. and on September 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Theatermuseum, Jägerhofstrasse 1, Düsseldorf. Directed by Ilya Parenteau with musical direction by Tilman Wohlber and choreography by Victoria Wohleber, the production will be presented in English in an outdoor setting targeted especially for children ages 4-10 years old.
The English Theatre of Düsseldorf is the only professional English-speaking theatre company in Germany’s Rhine region. Created in 2018 by Ilya Parenteau and Rosie Thorpe, the theatre aims to present a diverse repertoire of works for all ages, to collaborate with international artists to bring new works to its stage, and to present workshops and educational programs. Parenteau hails from Chicago, where she has been active on that vibrant theatre scene. Thorpe was trained in England and has toured as an actress in Europe.
Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark’s musical, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, which opened as part of the Eichmann Family Theatre Series at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA on November 30 and runs until December 28, 2019, is enjoying a completely sold out run with performances added to accommodate the enthusiasm.
This delightful family show, based on the Christmas classic, features beloved characters, Santa, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snow Man, the Snow Queen, and others, all of whom young Charlotte meets in her magical visit to Toyland where she discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Directed by Randall Frizado and choreographed by Samantha Hewes Cramer, the one-hour festive fantasy with scenery by William Mohney and costumes by Brittany Leffler is performed on the main stage within the confines of the Peter Pan set, all adding to the magic.
The cast includes Jonathan Bryant (Frosty/Rabinowitz/Backup Dancer), Samantha Hewes Cramer (Gremlin/Young), Justin DeParis (Nutcracker/Backup Dancer), Randall Frizado (Charles/Jack Frost/Miller), Nicole Hackmann (Snow Queen/Samaria), Andrew Kindig (Mouse King), Carolyn Anne Miller (Charlotte), David Webb (Abominable Snowman, Mohney, Santa), and Anthony Zambia (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer). Ben McNaboe is Music Director.
Maine State Music Theatre closed its 2019 Theatre for Young Audiences Series with four main stage performances of Robin and Clark’s THE LITTLE MERMAID. The elaborate, colorful production was created entirely by the company’s Educational Fellows, directed/choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont with musical direction by Evan Cuddy, and overseen by MSMT’s Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. The four, virtually sold out Pickard Theater performances were preceded by a special sensory friendly rehearsal performance of the show on the Saturday prior.
Check out the photographs of these events and the link to the Broadway World review below.
Maine State Music Theatre opened its Theatre for Young Audiences with Robin & Clark’s Snow White, directed and choreographed by Curt Dale Clark, co-directed/choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont. The company presented a special sensory friendly performance on May 18 and then four main stage shows on June 12 and June 15th. Check out this photo album with the colorful costumes by Kathleen Payton Brown.
The Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA, extended its run of the popular Robin and Clark musical, Pinocchio on its Theatre for Young Audiences, Eichmann Series. The show plays from March 30 – April 13, 2019 and features a cast that includes Will Stephan Connell, Katie Sina, Andrew Kindig, Randall Frizzado, Joey Abramowicz, Stephanie Jo Wise, Cody Smith, and Samantha Hews Cramer. Check out these colorful photos of the production.
The November issue of Scene4 Magazine (www.scene4.com) features an in-depth feature article with audio and video on the Fulton’s world premiere of Treasure Island A Musical Adventure. The piece by Senior Writer Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold includes a critical assess meant of the work as well as conversations with creators Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark, stars of the show and members of the creative team. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.