"Everything's Coming up Rosie"


Join Rosie, her little brother Chicken Soup, and the all of the kids from Avenue P in Really Rosie, a musical based on characters from Maurice Sendak's Nutshell Library series, with music by Carole King. The show will be directed by Jacquie Billings, with Musical Director Bethany Aiken, and Choreography by Lisa Morse.
The show is the first major winter musical the Arlington Children's Theater (ACT) has performed in its sixteen year history. Like ACT's well-anticipated summer musicals, this show is marked by high energy, rousing singing and creative staging. ACT hires professional theater artists to work with its young actors to bring high production values to the shows. Really Rosie marks the debut of Jacquie Billings as an ACT director. Billings has eight years experience directing theater at Arlington Catholic High School. Billings chose the play because she says that all children have what Sendak calls and "essential Rosiness": "Rosie's life is not perfect. In fact, she is pretty ordinary. She's not rich or famous. She's just a kid from a simple humble neighborhood. Rosie's only pretending to be shooting a movie. Underneath her fantasy of being discovered by a famous producer, she is 'Really Rosie'. She shares the dream of any girl or boy: 'I am famous and wonderful and everyone loves me and wants to be me.' Enter Rosie, who, with little more than a stoop and her cardboard box of costumes and props, implores her neighborhood, and ultimately the entire audience to 'believe her'."


Co-produced by veteran ACT producers Steve Smith and Susan Watts, Really Rosie is expected to be seen by over 1000 people during the course of its 3-day, 4-show run at Arlington's Regent Theater. Fifty children from 10 communities, ages 7-15, are involved in this production. Really Rosie will be performed on Friday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25th at 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 26th at 1:00 p.m.  Reserved tickets are available for all four shows. Contact Karyn Ginsburg at 781-862-1357 or to reserve your tickets ($11 each), or the Regent Theater box office 781-646-4849 ($12 each, or $11 each if ordered in person). For more information about the Regent, visit


The Regent Theater is located at 7 Medford Street in the heart of Arlington Center and is easily reached by public transportation. Parking is available in municipal lot across the street from the theater.


For more information about ACT shows, workshops and other theater happenings, contact Steve Smith at 781-721-2176 or visit



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