Inspiring Story of Freedom Educates as it Entertains. 

Addy: An American Girl Story


Seattle Children's Theatre Hosts 101st World Premiere. Seattle ’s Own Cheryl West Adapts Popular Book Series for the Stage.


RUN DATES:                        April 13–June 17


SPECIAL EVENT:                American Girl Afternoon Tea at Kaspar’s

Sunday May 6, 3:30; Sunday June 3 at 3:30.


( Seattle , WA ) – Seattle Children’s Theatre is proud to present the story of Addy Walker, a brave nine-year-old slave girl struggling for freedom and striving to reunite her family. Based on the popular Addy book series by Connie Porter, and adapted for the stage by celebrated African-American playwright and Seattle resident Cheryl L. West, Addy: An American Girl Story takes audiences on a journey with its young heroine from the darkness of slavery, through the uncertainty of escape, and into the bright lights of freedom in Philadelphia.

Addy: An American Girl Story, directed by SCT’s Artistic Director Linda Hartzell, opens on April 13th and runs through June 10, 2007 in the Charlotte Martin Theatre .  Dozens of Seattle area schools will be visiting the theatre over the next few months and will integrate topics from the play into their own history curriculum.

The Addy books are a part of the ever-popular American Girl series. This collection of books skillfully educates about history as it tells the tales of eight different American girls’ lives  from the eve of the American Revolution to the home front of 1944.  Set on a North Carolina plantation in 1864, Addy brings to life the tale of a young girl and her mother who must flee the oppressive life of slavery, enduring a terrifying separation from their family and the hardships of escape on their journey to freedom.

On May 6th and June 3rd The Seattle Children’s Theatre will host a special American Girl Tea before the show.  Select cast members will make appearances at the tea which begins at 3:30 at Kaspars in lower Queen Anne. Kids tickets are $53 and Adults are $60.  This price includes tea service and a ticket to the 5:30 performance. Call the ticket office to reserve your space at the table.  Seating is limited.

Addy: An American Girl Story stars Myxolydia Tyler as Addy; Demene Hall as Momma; Tanesha Ross as Harriet;  Felicia Vonshell Loud as Sarah; Peter Crook and Bradford Farwell in multiple roles as Master Stevens, Mr. Cooper and the Soldier; Lance Spencer McQueen as Poppa and Uncle Solomon; Marianne Owen in multiple roles as Missus, Miss Caroline and Mrs. Ford; Rachel Pate in multiple roles as Aunt Lula, Miss Dunn, Mabel and Sally; and Damion Rochester as Sam.


Cheryl L. West (Playwright) is the author of several plays including: Birdie Blue; Before it Hits Home; Jar the Floor; Play On! (Broadway and PBS’s Great Performances); and Holiday Heart (adapted for Showtime/MGM; earned a GLADD nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Alfre Woodard.). Ms. West has earned several playwriting awards including the international Susan Smith Blackburn prize, the Helen Hayes, AUDELCO, and the NAACP Playwriting Award. Her plays have been produced in England, New York (Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage), and in numerous regional theatres, including the Arena Stage, Goodman, Old Globe, Seattle Rep, Bay Street, Syracuse Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, South Coast Rep, and the Alliance. She has worked in television and film with projects at Sony, Paramount , TNT, HBO, MTV, and CBS. Ms. West is currently writing an original screenplay for Disney and completing commissions for Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York ’s Second Stage.  


Linda Hartzell (Artistic Director) has been the Artistic Director of Seattle Children’s Theatre and its Education Programs since 1984. She received her BA in Education from the University of Washington . She has directed over 45 plays for SCT, over 35 of which were world premieres, including Peter and the Wolf, The Red Badge of Courage, Holes, Pink and Say, Still Life with Iris, The Odyssey, Afternoon of the Elves, and The Rememberer. She recently directed The Grapes of Wrath at Intiman Theatre, and the Australian premiere of Afternoon of the Elves for Adelaide ’s Windmill Performing Arts and the Sydney Theatre Company. Ms. Hartzell was formerly on the board of Theatre Communications Group, and she is a former vice president of the United States Center for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ/USA). She was recently honored with the prestigious Gregory Falls Sustained Achievement Award, given by Theatre Puget Sound, and the Mayor’s Arts Award. She has also been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. She was a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from UW College of Arts and Sciences in 1994.


Seattle Children’s Theatre is located at 201 Thomas Street in Seattle . Tickets range in price from $20 to $32 and may be purchased by calling the SCT ticket office at (206) 441-3322 or by visiting Addy: An American Girl Story is recommended for ages 8 and older.




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