MLT’s ‘Tuck Everlasting’ opens Friday

From left, AJ Macrina, Molly Brierly, Braden Foley and Emilia Tagliani during a rehearsal of “Tuck Everlasting” at Marblehead Little Theatre. Photo by Ted Merritt

Marblehead Little Theatre’s latest production, “Tuck Everlasting,” is set to open on Friday, Feb. 24.

The musical is written by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle with music by Chris Miller and lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and is adapted from the children’s novel by Natalie Babbitt. The book, which follows eleven-year-old Winnie Foster, who yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence.

When Winnie becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck family she gets more than she ever could have imagined. Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tucks’ unending youth and must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.

The show will run for slightly more than a week and closes on March 5.

Tuck Everlasting is produced by Erin Pelikhov and Ted Merritt, directed by Trudi Olivetti with music direction by Thom Smoker, and choreography by Will Fafard. It stars Emilia Tagliani as Winnie Foster, Molly Brierley as Betsy Foster, Linda Jones as Nana, Allison Russell as Mae Tuck, Andrew Hankinson as Angus Tuck, Braden Foley as Jesse Tuck, AJ Macrina as Miles Tuck, David Foye as Constable Joe, Brendan Johnson as Hugo, and Dom Pappagallo as The Man in the Yellow Suit. Ensemble players include dancers Catherine Bisi, Hannah Gearan, Allan MacTaylor, Jack Newton, Brooke Shelley, Carol Weekley, TS Burnham, June Gambale, Holly Inman, Rebecca Millman, Gene Pelikhov, Amelia Smith, and Sarah Wolman.

Started in 1955 by members of the Marblehead Women’s Club, the award-winning Marblehead Little Theatre is one of the oldest community theater groups in New England, having consistently presented live-theater productions for over six decades.

Please check www.mltlive.org for more children’s program opportunities and upcoming auditions for the 2023-2024 season, as well as more information about MLT and Tuck Everlasting.