“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” — about a little boy whose world is changed overnight after wishing on a star — opens tonight on the Northwestern University campus.

The production explores what happens when our big dreams come true but we’ve no one to share them with.

Based on Jeff Brown’s popular “Flat Stanley” children’s book series and directed by Lookingglass Theatre Company ensemble member and Northwestern faculty member David Catlin, the musical is the second production in the 2012-13 Imagine U Family Series at the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern.

“Two-D or not 2-D, what adventure would you take if you were completely flat like a pancake?” asks Catlin.

‘Flat Stanley’ photos by Justin Barbin Photography.

“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” will be staged at the Mussetter-Struble Theater, 1949 Campus Drive. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10; 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16; and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. The production will include workshops after both 10 a.m. Saturday performances.

Adapted for the stage by playwright and educator Timothy Allen McDonald, the production features lyrics by McDonald and Jonathan K. Waller; and music by David Weinstein, Waller, McDonald and Stephen Gabriel.

In this musical adaptation, Stanley dreams of doing great things but resigns himself to playing with his little brother, until the morning he wakes up completely flattened. Suddenly Stanley can fold up into an envelope, hide in paintings, use his body as a surfboard and travel wherever he wants. He is finally having the adventures of his dreams, but something is missing.

The musical’s lively songs and lyrics encourage young audience members to connect with their peers and pursue their dreams. “There’s a great song called ‘Wish I Were,’ in which Stanley and his brother dream about doing amazing things,” Catlin said. “Just about everybody can identify with Stanley’s desire to do something special.”

Imagine U Family Series productions are recommended for children aged 5 to10 and their families. Each performance provides an opportunity for children to meet members of the Northwestern undergraduate student cast. Audience members are encouraged to bring their “Flat Stanley” books to be signed by the performers after the show. Take-home programs filled with activities, art projects, fun facts and games will be given to all children in the audience.

Single tickets are $5 to $10; $5 tickets are available exclusively to Northwestern students with valid IDs on advance ticket purchases only. Discounts for groups of eight or more, call the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282. Tickets can be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu/imagineu.

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