The Phantom Tollbooth


An original stage adaptation of the beloved classic by Norton Juster, with illustrations by Jules Feiffer
By special arrangement with Norton Juster & Jules Feiffer

Milo, the boy “who didn’t know what to do with himself,” drives his toy car through a mysterious tollbooth that appears in his bedroom and soon finds himself on an eventful and dangerous quest rescuing the Princesses Rhyme and Reason, who, in the war between words and numbers, have been banished to the Castle in the Air. Milo travels through the Forest of Sight where he experiences different Points of View, accidently leaps to the Island of Conclusions and travels through the Mountains of Ignorance, where he must escape its Demons in order to save the Princesses. With the help of his steadfast companions, he perseveres and brings Rhyme and Reason home, restoring peace to the realm. Along the way something magical happens to Milo; he discovers the delights of friendship, curiosity and knowledge, and that life — his own life — is filled with endless possibilities.

PRODUCER | CREATIVE TEAM


ENCHANTMENT THEATRE COMPANY (PRODUCER) - Enchantment Theatre Company has produced original theater for school groups and families since 2000 when it was established as a non-profit arts organization in Philadelphia. The company presents only original work based on classic stories from children's literature, using its signature blend of masked actors, pantomime, magic, large-scale puppets, and original music. Building on the more than 35 years of theatrical experience of its artistic directors, Enchantment has quickly become known for high quality imaginative productions, not only in its home city but throughout the United States and the Far East.

Enchantment has toured its original productions all over the world, appearing each year in almost all the lower 48 states. It has performed in such sophisticated urban arts venues as New York’s Lincoln Center, Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center, and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and Annenberg Center. The company has also toured the Far East six times, performing in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. Enchantment has shared the stage with more than 65 orchestras in North America in its special symphonic works that pair great stories with great music for the benefit of school and family audiences.

Enchantment Theatre Company is a non-profit arts organization resident in Philadelphia. They have been guided by their mission: to create original theater for young audiences and families. They accomplish this through the imaginative telling of stories that inspire, challenge and enrich their audience, on stage and in the classroom. All of Enchantment’s productions are original adaptations of new and classic fables, myths and legends, combined with original music. Drawing on great theatrical traditions from around the world—from the Bunraku theater of Japan, to the shadow puppets of Indonesia, to commedia dell’arte—Enchantment weaves these together in compelling productions of beauty and inspiration. They employ a unique combination of art forms to tell their stories: masked actors, magic and illusion, puppets (often life-size) and mime, all set to classical or original music.

CURRICULUM | AGES


CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

  • Mathematics: numbers, functions, time, averages, geometry
  • Language Arts: reading, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, figurative language, creative writing as storytelling
  • Literature: plot, character development, themes
  • Geography/Map Skills
  • Social Studies/History/Biography
  • Visual Arts: form, color, drawing
  • Performing Arts: theater, music, dance

RECOMMENDED AUDIENCES
PUBLIC AUDIENCE: All ages
SCHOOL TIME AUDIENCE: Ages 6-11; Grades 1-6

FACTS | STATS


  • 100 Best Children’s Books of all Time
  • NY Public Library 100 Great Children’s Book List
  • NEA Teachers’ list of Top 100 Books for Children
  • School Library Journal Top 100 Chapter Books Poll
  • Sold over 4 million copies in the US alone and has been translated into many languages including Chinese, Croatian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Thai, Turkish and 3 different Spanish translations