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TOY’s Tuck Everlasting will leave audiences appreciating every stage of life

For four performances only this February, Theatre of Youth is presenting a daring and suspenseful story about love, loyalty, family and living life to the fullest.

Based on the book of the same name by Natalie Babbitt with script by Mark J. Frattaroli, the timeless and thought-provoking story follows 10-year-old Winnie and the Tucks, a family she meets in the woods. Long ago, the Tucks drank from a forest spring and no one in the family has aged a bit ever since. After learning of the Tuck family secret, Winnie must decide whether to drink from the same spring and join the Tucks outside the natural cycle of aging.

“I love this story and am challenged by it every time,” said Meg Quinn, Theatre of Youth’s artistic director who has directed this play twice before, in 1997 and 2003. “Living life to the fullest includes good and bad things happening – otherwise you’re not on the wheel of life and things are just passing you by. Whatever your life is, it is to be cherished.”

The set design helps unify the play, including a revolving turntable on the stage that symbolizes how life evolves and melts from one stage to the next. With no intermission, audiences will be captivated from the beginning to the end of the performance without interruption.

Recommended for ages 9+, Tuck Everlasting will leave people of all ages feeling contented. “The play always connects with the audience and moves away a lot of the clutter. Instead of wishing for the past or future, they see that what they have right now is what really matters,” said Quinn.

As families watch the show together, there is a great opportunity to talk about the characters and how they relate to each theatergoer. “Conversations start and can lead to some amazing discussions,” said Quinn, who added that the play reminds us of how monumental things can seem to children.

“Kids deserve their own stories in a way that speaks to them. And if adults listen, they may just learn something.”

You can see the beloved children’s classic live on stage for four performances only: February 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2019, at the historic Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo.

Tickets start at $15 and are available online at www.theatreofyouth.org or by calling 716-884-4400, ext. 304. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and the theater is handicapped accessible.

Audiences will enjoy a Talk-Back and photo opportunity with the cast after all performances.