RACINE — “Bridge to Terabithia” plays April 8-17 at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.
This adaption, supported by a lyrical score, focuses on the humor, warmth and emotional intensity of Katherine Paterson’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Jesse (Aaron Stone), alienated from the pragmatism of his family and rural Virginia culture, draws and dreams of becoming something special. Leslie (Bella Niederer), the new girl from the city and the ultimate outsider, opens a world of imagination, art and literature for him. Together they create Terabithia, a fantasy kingdom where they are safe from those who don’t understand them. Their friendship grows as Jesse’s world expands. When tragedy strikes, the strength gained in Terabithia takes Jesse forward on his own.
Other cast members are Savannah Barnlund, Erin Barnlund, JR Trimark, Anne Howard, Lauren Lamoreaux, Xander Niles, Grace Ziegler, Miriam Lamoreaux, Nathan Strickland, Aryana Flores, Jacob Clemons. The dog in the show is Reginald Bean Potter-Barrow, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever.
The director is Christopher Elst, music director is Kate Potter-Barrow, production stage manager is Peter Jones, scenic design by Steve Barnes and technical director is Chris Reinhardt.
Performances begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $16 for seniors 62 and older and $13 for students 21 and younger. Discounts are given to subscribers and groups of 12 or more. For reservations, call 262-633-4218 or go to www.racinetheatre.org (discounts cannot be applied to online orders).