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Tale of the Mandarin Ducks at the Paramount Center for the Arts

April 07, 2014

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks — book and lyrics by Katherine Paterson & Stephanie Tolan, and music and lyrics by Steve Liebman — will be showing at the Paramount on Thursday, April 10 at 7:30pm, Friday, April 11 at 7:30pm, and Saturday, April 12 at 2:30pm. The performance will combine several Japanese theatrical traditions in the telling of the folk tale about a mandarin duck who is caught by a cruel lord who only wants the bird for its beauty. When the duck begins to get ill from being separated from his mate, the young kitchen maid defies the lord’s orders and releases the bird. She and another servant Shozo are sentenced to death for aiding the bird, but the mandarin duck intends to repay them for their generosity. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students; free entry with a King University ID. For more information or for tickets, contact the Paramount on 423-274-8920.

Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for Bridge to Terabithia in 1978 and Jacob Have I Loved in 1981. The Master Puppeteer won the National Book Award in 1977 and The Great Gilly Hopkins won the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book and the recipient of a Christopher Award. For the body of her work she received the Hans Christian Anderson Award in 1998, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006, and in 2000 was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. Her plays with Samuel French are: Bridge to Terabithia with Stephanie Tolan music by Steve Liebman; The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks with Stephanie Tolan and Steve Liebman. The Great Gilly Hopkins with book and music by David Paterson and Steve Liebman is based on her book by the same name. She is a vice-president of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (www.thencbla.org) and is a member of the board of trustees for Vermont College of Fine Arts (www.vermontcollege.edu). She also a honorary lifetime member of the International Board of Books for Young People (www.IBBY.org) and an Alida Cutts lifetime member of the US section, USBBY (www.USBBY.org). She was the 2010-2011 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (www.read.gov/cfb/ambassador/).

The musical is directed by Elizabeth Lee Dollar with Music Direction by Samantha Salyers (alum), Scenic and Sound Design by Christopher R. Slaughter, Costume Design by De-Anda Hatfield (alum), Choreography by Nora Beth Moran (alum), and the Stage Manager is Robin Dotson. The cast features Joshua Bartosch (Narrator), Wayne Thomas (Shozo), Tinsley Long (Yasuko), Bob Dotson (Lord), Zach Ostrander (Drake), Brooke Addington (Duck), Megan Robbins and Natasha Trombley (Ko Ken).