Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Hello WFT Families ! 

The Phantom Tollbooth is up and running for a few more weeks. I had the pleasure of serving as the assistant to director Jane Staab on this production - so I thought that I would share a behind the scenes account of the  . . . 

Top Ten Things I Love About The Phantom Tollbooth
(in no particular order)

1. Jeffrey Michael Sewell as Milo - this young actor is so professional to work with, and so mesmerizing to watch. 

2. Choreography by Laurel Conrad. The Phantom Tollbooth has a lot  of movement, dance and general silliness, and Laurel's visions kept all of our actors on their toes, literally!

3. Set Design by Matthew Lazure. So many colors! So many numbers! So many moving pieces!

4. The Lethargarians - what's that you say? You don't know what a Lethargarian is yet? ! Then, you must run run run to the box office to get your tickets! (Though the Lethargarians would never do the same!) These lazy, dazy creatures live in the Doldrums, and try to keep Milo - and all of us - down!

5.  The Dodecahedron played by Ceit Zweil. This 12-faced lady is one of the gems of Digitopolis, and takes the audience through a journey in the Numbers Mine. That's right, the numbers MINE. Where did you think numbers came from?

6. Tock the dog played by the gorgeously talented Michael Wood.  Tock is The Watchdog in The Phantom Tollbooth, but he is really much more of a lover than a fighter. He is the most loyal dog, and Michael Wood mesmerizes the audience with his dog-like movements. 

7.  The Princesses of Rhyme and Reason. We all need a healthy dose of these two ideas . . . err . . . characters in our lives.  

8. Costumes by Lisa Simpson. Gorgeous! Beautiful! Glittery! Lisa's every fabric choice and color palette are spot-on for the characters. The stage pictures she creates are amazing. 

9. The two Princes of Digitopolis and Dictionopolis - so witty and powerful in their wielding of words and numbers. 

10. The last best thing I like about The Phantom Tollbooth is that it is open until November 20th! Get your tickets today! 

Yours in blogging, 
Beth Peters

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