The cast of MCPKids! Production of “Pirates Past Noon.” Front from left are Hannah Hoke, Alivia Siderio, Sophie Fenwick, Zoey Mason, Sophia Pinard, Rowan Bowden, Louise Turner, Alice Hoke, Audrey Blake, Ronan Sawyer and Avery Hamlin. Middle from left are Navaeh Brown, Grace Mills, Sophie Knowles, Mackenzie Gallo, Levi Stevens, Allie Eagers, MaKenzie McCann and Isabel Mason. Back from left are Iana Helczyk-Postole, Liz Barus and Anna Nguyen. Missing are Stella Dieterich and Arya Iannotti. Submitted photo

MONMOUTH — Cumston Hall plans to stowaway to the Caribbean when MCPKids! presents its production of “Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17-19, at 796 Main St.

The family friendly musical follows the adventures of Jack and Annie, a brother and sister who draw on their love of reading to travel to amazing places. The siblings return to visit a magic tree house filled with a magnificent collection of books that can transport the reader to the wonderful faraway settings featured in their pages, according to a news release from Josie French, producer.

Seeing a book has been left open to a page featuring a tropical island, the siblings decide the “mysterious ‘M’ person” has sent them a message that they deserve a vacation. Jack and Annie soon discover they have arrived in the 18th century — the time of pirates. They are immediately captured by the dastardly Captain Bones, the “dirtiest, scurviest, most evil-eyed, nefarious, rottenest rat on the sea,” with no hope of release unless they can somehow locate a legendary hidden treasure.

The production is being helmed by Danny Gay, with assistance by Ashley Hodgkin as music director, Hannah Hanson as stage manager, Nancy Kenneally as costumer, Amy Hamlin as props mistress, and Josie French as producer.

The cast of 24 students include Avery Hamlin, Hannah Hoke, Anna Nguyen, Liz Barus, MaKenzie McCann, Louise Turner, Stella Dietrich, Audrey Blake, Sophie Knowles, Mackenzie Gallo, Levi Stevens, Allie Eagers, Grace Mills, Ronan Sawyer, Alice Hoke, Iana Helczyk-Postole, Rowan Bowden, Alivia Siderio, Sophie Fenwick, Nevaeh Brown, Arya Iannotti, Sophia Pinard, Isabel and Zoey Mason.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at

“Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.


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