'Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space'
OCT's world premiere adaptation of the bestselling book series includes an astronomical cyber threat adventure
The Review, Tidings
Villains are threatening New Mouse City, and the only hope is Geronimo Stilton, and hes a reluctant hero. Yet, somehow, Geronimo finds himself being launched into space on a top-secret mission to stop the bad guys. Based on the popular book series featuring Geronimo and his pals, Thea, Trap and Benjamin, this story will transport you to another world, with little heroes not so different from ourselves.
Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space is based on the bestselling Italian book series by Elisabetta Dami and was adapted by John Maclay. Since their original publication date in Milan in 2000, Geronimo Stilton books have sold more than 115 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 45 different languages by Italy-based Atlantyca Entertainment, a multi-faceted entertainment company and the IP owners of the Geronimo Stilton brand.
Geronimo Stilton, a scaredy-mouse, is the earnest, bumbling, intelligent, reluctant hero of hundreds of books, Director Stan Foote said. This world premiere space adventure pits him against Dr. Wicked Whiskers and Suzy Slyrat to save New Mouse City from an astronomical cyber threat. I am thrilled to have acquired the English-speaking theatrical rights and to be able to create and launch the world premiere of this treasured Italian book series.
The cast features Brian Burger as Geronimo Stilton, Maya Caulfield as Thea Stilton, Bryce Duncan as Benjamin Stilton, Scott Engdahl as Dr. Wicked Whiskers, Dennis Kelly as 00K, Gary Norman as Professor Astrofur, Rusty Tennant as Trap Stilton, and Emma Younger as Suzy Slyrat.
The creative team includes Foote as director and props master, Tal Sanders as scenic designer, Emily Horton as costume designer, Ian Anderson-Priddy as lighting designer and Em Gustason as sound designer and Rory Stitt as composer.
The production opens Jan. 16 and continues through Feb. 14 with shows at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18-$32 for adults and $14-$28 for children; group rates are available. Tickets may be purchased online at octc.org or by calling the box office at 503-228-9571. All shows are presented in the Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway in Portland.
Audience members are invited to come early to performances and participate in pre-show craft activities provided by Art a la Carte. Attendees also can stay after the show to meet the cast and get their playbills autographed.
All shows on Jan. 16 are First Timer/First Saturday with $5 tickets for children attending the theater for the first time. Learn more about the program at octc.org.
Grandparent Days are planned for Jan. 17 and Feb. 14; those 62 and older may take advantage of reduced prices on those days. Tickets are $11-$21.
Saturday, Jan. 23, is Girl Scout Day. Tickets for Girl Scouts are discounted to $11-$21. Fun patches are available for sale for $2 each, and should be ordered in advance.
The 2 p.m. performance Jan. 23 will be interpreted in American Sign Language.
Geronimo Stilton is sponsor by the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for the 2015-2016 season is provided in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art, Oregon Arts Commission, the Shubert Foundation, and the Oregonian.
Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space is a Ticket to Read title. Ticket to Read is a program linking literacy to live theater by providing students from low-income schools with a free theater ticket and a companion book to keep. This program is supported in part by The Portland Timbers, KPMG, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and Scholastic. Learn more online at www.octc.org/supportoct/tickettoread.