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Book-It Repertory Theatre Presents Howl’s Moving Castle @ The Center Theatre at the Armory | Seattle 2017 Holidays, Musical, Based on an Original Book by Diana Wynne Jones

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HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
November 29—December 30, 2017
Wednesday-Sunday | $15-$50 | All Ages
More info: book-it.org

The Center Theatre at the Armory
305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Book-It Repertory Theatre brings magic, adventure, and inspiration this holiday season with Howl’s Moving Castle, a new musical based on an original book by Diana Wynne Jones. Founding Co-Artistic Director Myra Platt has adapted and will direct the musical stage adaptation of the award-winning fantasy novel that features music and lyrics by local performer Justin Huertas.

When Sophie unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, she finds herself turned into an old woman. To break the enchantment, she must strike a bargain with a fire demon and seek the help of the frightening sorcerer Howl. The award-winning 1986 novel inspires each of us to trust in our own powers of transformation.

The story is a phenomenon that has thrilled audiences around the world and Book-It is delighted to bring the book to life on stage. The 2004 Oscar-nominated Hayao Miyazaki film Howl’s Moving Castle from Studio Ghibli is also based on Jones’ novel.

Platt says the story is about “discovering one’s inner power. We chose this book because of the strong female lead character, Sophie Hatter. She is the eldest of three sisters and therefore, destined ‘to fail first and worst.’ But in truth, she is she is smart, funny, and defies time and age as she stares fearlessly into her own future.” Platt has helped produce over 125 world-premiere mainstage productions and over 30 education touring productions and most recently directed The Brothers K, Little Bee, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

Howl’s Moving Castle is the first time Book-It has done a full-scale musical, but past shows with musical elements include Red Ranger Came Calling by Berkeley Breathed, Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

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