The Talented Clementine is a brand-new, fully staged musical, adapted by Paul Reisler from Sara Pennypacker’s multiple award-winning Clementine series of children’s books. Most of the songs in the musical were written by Reisler with elementary school children—providing a humorous and authentic glimpse into the world from their own unique perspective.
It premiered in June 2019 with 8 performances by Encore Stage and Studio at Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA. The RAAC Theatre in Washington, VA staged another run in December, 2019. Watch for more performances around the country
DC Metro Theater review said, “The Talented Clementine is a fun-filled, topsy-turvy romp through the mind and misadventures of a creative, observant, daydreaming third grader and the adults and children in her life…It elevates the heart and the soul, is filled with the joy of each of the many people who created it and bring it to life, and will have you tapping your feet throughout. Bring your parents, bring your kids, and go home together singing and smiling along with this talented cast and crew.”
The story follows the misadventures of Clementine, as she struggles to discover her talent in time for the school talent show
As the night of Talent Palooza draws closer, Clementine grows desperate for an act, any act, she can perform. But the unexpected talent she demonstrates at the show surprises everyone–most of all herself.
The original production was a collaboration between Encore Stage and Studio and Kid Pan Alley. Kid Pan Alley’s mission is to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education. They’ve written close to 2,700 songs with over 65,000 children across the country. Their songs have been recorded by artists including Amy Grant, Sissy Spacek, Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Kix Brooks, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Corey Harris, Suzy Bogguss and many others.
Paul Reisler is the Artistic Director of Kid Pan Alley wrote the script and working with students wrote lyrics and music for The Talented Clementine. He is a composer, songwriter, recording artist, performer and teacher. Over the past 45 years, he’s performed in over 3,000 concerts, recorded over three-dozen albums, co-written Aesop’s Fables for Orchestra and Narrator, as well as the script and songs for Bouncin’—the musical. He’s has written more songs than the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Stephen Foster combined—somewhere north of 3,500 compositions thanks in no small part to his army of young collaborators as well a handful of Grammy-winning co-writers.