Alaska Highway News Story on The Phantom Toolbooth Jr. Musical

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Bert Bowes Middle School students performed The Phantom Tollbooth Jr. for students from across the district on Thursday.   Photo By Bronwyn Scott

Bert Bowes Middle School students are gearing up for their public performance of The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.on Friday night at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

The 1961 adventure novel by Norton Juster is a “super fun” story about a boy who is bored of everything in his life, and something magical happens to give him a fresh perspective on life, according to Irene Hayward, the play’s director.

“His room is transformed, he gets a car, and tollbooth that take him through some magical lands,” she explained.

“He goes to a land of numbers, and a land of letters. He goes on all sorts of different adventures. He has to save princesses and fight off demons, and he learns a very important lesson: that ‘what you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do,’ so if you’re willing try, you can do amazing things, is the moral of our story.”

The Grade 7, 8, 9 and 10 students – there are a few high school kids helping out – overcame their nerves and jitters by performing for students from across the region on Thursday.

“That moment of going on stage for the first time and having about 200 people from their own school watching them is probably the hardest thing they go through,” Hayward said.

Grade 9 student Jordan Bourgeois plays the lead character Milo.

“I’m 10, pretty much nothing is exciting, nothing interests me until this phantom tollbooth takes me on an adventure to teach me that everything has meaning,” she said in interview with the Alaska Highwa News.

“Then I learn that everything is cool.”

It’s her first lead role, and so far she’s loved the experience of practicing and rehearsing with her peers.

“It’s been so much fun, after a while we all become like a little family,” she said.

Grade 7 student Morgan Wigglesworth, who plays a handful of roles, including a vendor, and an advisor to the king, has also enjoyed every aspect of practicing for their big show.

“You do get pretty nervous before a show … but it is really fun to be in musical theatre,” he said. “I just love the whole thing.”

The Phantom Tollbooth Jr. takes the stage at the North Peace Cultural Centre Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

peacereporter@ahnfsj.ca


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The Phantom Tollbooth Jr. Musical

Bert Bowes Middle School Presents The Phantom Tollbooth Jr. Musical

Fort St. John citizens will pass through a marvellous, magical tollbooth and discover new ways they can use grammar and math to exceed expectations and explore possibilities through BERT BOWES MIDDLE SCHOOL’s performance of The Phantom Tollbooth JR., happening FEB 25 AND 26.

The Phantom Tollbooth JR. tells the story of a ten-year-old named Milo, who is so bored with the world that nothing ever interests him, least of all the things or people that should. One day Milo discovers a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Upon driving through the Tollbooth’s gates, Milo commences a fantastic adventure which playfully draws inspiration from grammatical and mathematical concepts. Armed with a dictionary and pencil and accompanied by a faithful “watch” dog Tock, Milo must battle the demons of ignorance, re-unite the kingdoms of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis and achieve the “impossible” mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom. Throughout The Phantom Tollbooth JR. we see Milo learn ‘what you can do is often a matter of what you will do’ and experience how much better life can be when he engages in the world with curiosity and imagination. The students are embracing the spirit of the musical by coming together as a team to use different art forms to present their interpretation of this classic story.

When:  FEB 26 AT 7:30 PM  (community show)
There will also be two school shows, FEB 25 @ 10am and 1pm

Where: THE CULTURAL CENTRE

Tickets may be purchased at the Cultural Centre or online at npcc.bc.ca.

Any one who does not attend runs the risk of being stuck in the Doldrums and becoming a Lethargarian.

Contact: ihayward@prn.bc.ca