Metropolitan Montessori premieres new musical for children

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Allie is a middle schooler in present-day Manhattan. She’s shy, a little awkward, and eager to impress the cool girls in her grade. One day after school, she trips, and falls down a hole in subterranean New York. How will she find her way home?

Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, this year’s Upper Elementary musical was commissioned by the school and created with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in mind.

Working from the suggestion of Jeffrey Seller, a theater producer and MMS parent, theater director Phillip Bettencourt put out a proposal to students at the BMI Musical Theater Workshop and found Ben Wexler, a composer, and Laura Kleinbaum, a lyricist.

Wexler, a native Upper West Sider, is a recent graduate of Yale University. Kleinbaum, who grew up in the New York suburbs, graduated from Columbia University and received a master’s degree from the musical theater writing program at New York University. They drew from their own experiences of student life in New York to provide the framework for Allie’s journey toward self discovery.

Music Director Karen Paulson collaborated with Bettencourt on the production.

Seating is reserved for the Wednesday and Thursday performances. The Wednesday show will be live streamed. Contact Metropolitan Montessori for details on how to view it remotely.