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Monday, April 27, 2015

Mile Square Theatre to present a new musical for children: ‘Princess K.I.M. The Musical’

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Hoboken Children’s Theater and Mile Square Theatre have joined forces to become one organization, the new Mile Square Theatre. And their first collaboration together is a production of a wonderful new musical for kids, Princess K.I.M. The Musical, based on Maryann Cocca-Leffler’s popular book, Princess K.I.M. and the Lie That Grew.

The creative team for this production is led by Hoboken Children’s Theater founder and Mile Square Theatre Education Director Chase Leyner. Ms. Leyner says, “Kids will love following the journey of this little girl who lets her imagination get away from her and tells a little lie that turns into a big problem. Our wonderful cast of professional actors will make this a show our family audience will not want to miss.” Directed by Broadway veteran Don Brewer and Musical Direction by Scott Pearson, this production will be professional theatre for the whole family.

Princess K.I.M. The Musical

Created by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Adapted by Maryann Cocca-Leffler & Toby Tarnow

MST Young Audience Script Adaptation by Chase Leyner

Lyrics by Andrew Cass

Music by Andrew Cass & Premik Russell Tubbs

MST Young Audience Music Adaptation by Scott Pearson, Don Brewer & Chase Leyner

Based on the book Princess K.I.M. and the Lie that Grew

Written & Illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Princess K.I.M. The Musical is presented at The Edge, 14th and Clinton in Hoboken

Saturdays May 16 - June 27 at 10am and 1pm
(note: due to the Hoboken Hooplah Parade and Carnival, there is no performance on June 20 @ 1pm)

RECOMMENDED FOR AUDIENCES 4 years and up

Tickets: $15
Tickets can be purchased online @ www.milesquaretheatre.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS:
May 16:
The author, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, will be on hand at the theatre to sign books after both performances and will give a talk back after the 1pm performance.

May 17:
At 11am, the author, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, will be at Little City Books doing a reading and book signing, and cast members will be on hand to do a musical number.
Little City Books is located at 100 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, NJ
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BIOS

Maryann Cocca-Leffler is the author and illustrator of the children's books, Princess K.I.M. and the Lie that Grew and Princess Kim and Too Much Truth, from which this play is based. Her new book, Janine, uses Maryann's own daughter as inspiration for the delightfully spunky title character, focusing on the positive while navigating life with disabilities.  Maryann has written and illustrated over 50 books for children and has worked with most major publishers. She holds a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art. A Boston native, Maryann lives in New Hampshire with her family. Visit her website www.PrincessKimTheMusical.com

Chase Leyner

Chase founded Hoboken Children’s Theater in 2002. Over one hundred productions later, HCT has become one of the premiere children’s training programs, with students going on to Broadway, films, national TV commercials, and competitive BFA programs. Chase received her degree at Skidmore College, danced at New Jersey Ballet, and studied at L’Ecole de Danse de Princes Grace in Monte Carlo. She studied acting with Sandford Meisner, William Alderson, Estelle Parsons and Sam Schact. Credits include The Phoenix Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Steppenwolf Workshop and stints on One Life to Live, As the World Turns and Law & Order. More recently she starred as Mrs. Graham in the short film Pause and as Martha in the short film Martha and Chloe, which is currently making the rounds at film festivals. In 2009 Chase was awarded the Park Theater Showtime Award and in March 2015, Hoboken Children’s Theater was named one of the top acting programs in the state by New Jersey Family Magazine.

Don Brewer

Don grew up in Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Musical Theater Performance. His credits include: Broadway: Les Miserables (original Broadway production), The Pirate Queen (original cast member), Les Miserables (2006 revival production). Broadway National Tours: The Who’s Tommy, The Will Rogers Follies, Les Miserables. Regional Productions: Mamma Mia! (Las Vegas Broadway production), Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Capital Rep Theatre), The Apple Tree (Goodspeed Opera House), On the Twentieth Century (Goodspeed Opera House). Television: Rescue Me (guest star—FX Network), The Unusuals (guest star—ABC network). Don is a member of the nation’s premiere Four Seasons tribute act, The Unexpected Boys. He is the proud husband of Lisa Capps and the proud father of Georgia.

Scott Pearson – is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. A native to Pittsburgh, he has performed throughout the United States and internationally. He is a graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory of the Performing Arts and holds a BFA in Musical Theater. Scott is also a classically trained pianist with over 17 years of training. Some favorite credits include: L.M. Pump Boys and Dinettes, Guido Contini Nine, Homer Collins Floyd Collins, Baron von Gaigern Grand Hotel (Kennedy Center, DC.), Jinx Forever Plaid, Bartell D’Arcy The Dead (Regional Premiere). Scott also tours the world singing the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with The Unexpected Boys, a world-class tribute group. Piano Forte! is his dueling piano act that he created with Million Dollar Quartet and Once star David Abeles and can be seen whenever both of their schedules coincide. Scott is also an accomplished vocal coach who enjoys working with singers of all ages and skill levels.  www.ScottPearson.net

Mile Square Theatre is supported by The Rockefeller Group, Bijou Properties, Party with Purpose, the Hoboken Family Alliance, and by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of state, a partner agency of the National endowment for the arts and by funds from the national endowment for the arts, administered by the Hudson county office of cultural & heritage affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

About Mile Square Theatre Mile Square Theatre (MST) is the leading professional Equity theatre in Hudson County. Since 2003, MST has presented full-scale productions for adults and children, in addition to providing theatre education programs. Under the artistic direction of Chris O’Connor, MST receives support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Hudson County Division of Cultural Affairs. For company information, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

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