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Marcie the Marvelous Tree

posted Aug 17, 2011, 10:58 AM by Catherine Game   [ updated Aug 17, 2011, 11:12 AM ]
Marcie the Marvelous Tree
is a new musical for family & young audiences based on the book, Marcie the Marvelous Tree: An Autobiography with special permission by Tree Musketeers. (Book and lyrics by Larry Carpenter; music by Karena Mendoza © 2011)

Marcie The Marvelous Tree is a new musical based on real events. There really is a Marcie. She’s a 24 year old Sycamore tree. And there really is an organization called the Tree Musketeers. When it was founded, back in 1987, it was the nation’s first youth environmental organization. To this day it continues to promote the original mission as a nonprofit corporation where kids are the bosses! Here’s a link to the official Tree Musketeer website:

This musical telling of their story shares a positive vision of our world in which children, by the simple act of planting trees, become leaders. In an entertaining way it explores the subjects and themes associated with environmental issues, youth empowerment, rejection/acceptance, and achieving goals. No matter how big or small you are, no matter what others say or what obstacles are put in your way, if you remain true to yourself and do your best, you can achieve great things.

This musical was developed as part of Midwest New Musical Workshop, run by John Sparks. In October 2010, Theatre-Hikes of Chicago produced a public reading at the Morton Arboretum in front of an audience of over 500 people. Thanks to these developmental steps, the show is now ready and available for full production.

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Contributor: Larry Carpenter