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.
The story follows the misadventures of Clementine, an eccentric and loveable, yet unintentionally devious, eight-year-old through third grade, 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 project is 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 2,800 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 42 years, he’s performed in over 3,000 concerts, recorded over three-dozen albums, 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.
Encore Stage & Studio is the artistic home for young people in the Washington, DC area, and a national leader in children’s theatre. They are celebrating their 50th year of building life-long appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts — onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience.
Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington, VA 22206
Fridays, May 31 & June 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Saturdays, June 1 & 8, 2019 at 11 am and 3 pm
Sundays, June 2 & 9, 2019 at 3 pm
for info: www.bit.ly/clem-encore