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Forest Grove teen Grace Malloy has leading role in Oregon Children's Theatre production.

COURTESY PHOTO:OWEN CAREY - From left, Grace Malloy as Judy Moody, Ethan Thompson as Stink, and Jared Mack as Scurvy Sam, in OCT's world premiere of 'Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt,' opening Oct. 21 at Oregon Children's Theatre.Oregon Children's Theatre opens its new season with the world premiere of "Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt," directed by Stan Foote, Oct. 21 at the Newmark Theatre in Portland.

This new show is the result of a unique collaboration between seven of the top children's theaters in the nation. It will be a rolling world pre'miere with Oregon Children's Theatre presenting the first production.

Based on the bestselling book series by Megan McDonald, the play runs Oct. 21 through Nov. 19, with Saturday performances at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. All performances take place at Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway Ave. in Portland. Tickets are $18-$32 for adults and $14-$28 for children. Purchase by calling the box office at 503-228-9571 or visit octc.org.

X marks the spot as Judy and her brother Stink set sail on a nautical adventure to find Cap'n Weevil's secret pirate treasure. But they'll have to race their swashbuckling rivals, Tall Boy and Smart Girl, to see who will be first to find the gold. Will Judy and Stink crack the secret codes and spot the hidden clues before time runs out?

In a unique partnership, "Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt" has been co-commissioned with seven of the country's leading children's theaters: Adventure Theatre, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, First Stage Children's Theatre, Oregon Children's Theatre, Orlando Repertory Theatre, and The Rose Theatre.

The Judy Moody book series are international bestsellers with over 22 million copies in print and translated into 26 languages worldwide.

"Pirate treasure awaits those who are clever enough to follow the clues and the competition is stiff," said director Stan Foote. "Riddles, codes and acrostics confound and confuse Judy Moody and her brother Stink, but in the end, Pirate Rule Number Two prevails: If you find the treasure, you have to share it — even-Steven — or you will be marooned on a desert island with nothing but bugs for grub."

"Judy Moody is a compelling character and a great fit for the stage," said playwright Allison Gregory. "She activates the world around her. From her dogged determination (which frequently looks like impulsivity), to her scrappy resourcefulness, she engages other characters, and us, to root for her."

The Judy Moody books are also a popular option with children who are reluctant to read. For many, it's their first experience with a chapter book. Author Megan McDonald said, "I've had kids come up to me and say, 'I read a book like my mom and dad read.'"

The cast features Forest Grove resident Grace Malloy as Judy Moody, Ethan Thompson as Stink, Conor Eifler as Dad, Karen Moore as Mom, Jared Mack as Scurvy Sam, Nirmay Ananthma as Tall Boy, Luisa Kashiwabara as Smart Girl, Kimo Camat as Mr. Todd, Elijah Castillo as Rocky, and Sakura Swartz (Ensemble).

Malloy is a sophomore at Forest Grove High School. She has played Keeley Gibson in "Billy Elliot" at Pixie Dust Productions, Alison in "Pinkalicious" at Oregon Children's Theatre, Jojo in "Seussical" at Theatre in the Grove, among other roles. Later this season, she will be flying to Neverland as Wendy in "Peter Pan" at Northwest Children's Theatre. When she isn't hunting for pirate treasure, Malloy enjoys listening to Broadway musicals, watching Netflix, and learning to drive.

Before every performance audiences are invited to come early for a pre-show activity, and following every performance audience members can meet the cast, take photos and get playbills autographed.

A first-timer performance is set for all shows Oct. 21; tickets are $5 for children attending theater for the first time.

Grandparents Day will be celebrated Oct. 22 and Nov. 19. Seniors can buy tickets for $11 to $21 those days.

See www.octc.org for details.


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