Seattle Children's Theatre will present the stage adaptation by David S. Craig as part of its holiday line-up. The production will open at Seattle Children's Theatre Dec. 7 and will continue through Jan. 27, 2008.
Michael Ende adapted his novel for the popular 1984 screen adaptation, which has spawned several sequels and a large following.
The Neverending Story follows a young boy named Bastian, who opens a mysterious book and begins an adventure. Press notes state, "He finds refuge in the story on its pages. Fantastica is in grave danger. The Nothing engulfs everything in its path, and the Childlike Empress sends the unlikely hero Atreyu, a boy of Bastian’s age, on a quest to find the one who can save them all. Atreyu’s adventure takes him to the far corners of Fantastica, through the Swamp of Sadness, the cave of a giant spider, and the maze of the Southern Oracle, aided by the happy Luck Dragon, Falkor. But it is with Bastian’s belief in the story that Fantastica has found its true savior. Imagination will live on, and the story begins again…"
Featured in the SCT cast will be Hans Altweis, Sarah Harlett and Timothy Hyland, Gabriel Baron, Emily Chisholm, Lisa Estridge, Brad Farwell, Chad Jennings, Michael Place, David Goldstein, Betsy Schwartz and Matt Wolfe.
Seattle Children's Theatre worked with Ann and Nancy Wilson of the rock band Heart to create several original songs, including "Don't You Fall," which will be featured in the production. Among Heart's popular hits are "Alone," "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You," "Magic Man," "These Dreams," "What About Love," and "Nothin' At All." The fantastic creatures of The Neverending Story will be created by puppet designer Douglas Paasch, with set design by Carey Wong. David Bennett will direct.
Seattle Children's Theatre is located at 201 Thomas Street, under the Space Needle at Seattle Center. Tickets for The Neverending Story are available by calling (206) 441-3322 or by visiting www.sct.org.