In-Person Productions – Fantastagirl

2021–2022 Season

Fantastagirl and the math monster

June 19, 2022–August 21, 2022

Book & Lyrics by Tori Boutin
Music & Lyrics by Madeline Belknap
Directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick

Fantastagirl, a second-grade superhero who uses words to save the day, comes face to face with her worst nightmare: the Math Monster! When confronted with problems too big for words alone to solve, Fantastagirl must accept help from her friendly, furry, fraction-loving foe. While Fantastagirl and Math Monster use words and numbers to help her friends and scientist moms, something far more sinister than Math brews on the horizon.

COVID Protocols

Adventure is excited to welcome you to our show! As we move to indoor performances and in the spirit of protecting the most vulnerable in our community, a few friendly reminders:

  • Adventure Theatre requires everyone over the age of two years old attending its shows to wear a mask and remain masked while in our facility.
  • A proof of vaccination will be required for admission for all individuals ages 12 and up.
  • Any customer 12 and up without proof of vaccination will not be granted access to the performance.

Meet the DIRECTOR

Jenny McConnell Frederick

Jenny McConnell Frederick is the co-Artistic Director of Rorschach Theatre. She founded the company in the summer of 1999 with Randy Baker. She is a DC-based a director, producer and theatre maker with a strong belief in impossible theatre. She’s a mom.
Currently she is part of team building Rorschach’s ground-breaking Psychogeographies Projects for which she created the concept. The immersive experience sends participants to seven locations around Washington, DC to explore chapters in an unfolding story about DC history–real and imagined and ends in a live in-person production. For Rorschach, she has directed the Helen Hayes Nominated Voices Underwater and God of Vengeance, as well as sold out runs of Master & Margarita and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere as well as many others.. She conceived and directed Truth & Beauty Bombs, an original work based on the Canadian webcomic A Softer World.

She has also directed for Theater J (G-d’s Honest Truth) and Catholic University (Sissy and Fifi & Hunter Forever!). She co-created March!: The Women’s Movement from Isadora Duncan to Now, and Chambers of the Heart, both immersive Dance/Theatre projects at Word Dance Theatre. She’s served as a mentor director for the Theatre Lab’s Honors Acting Conservatory and for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival and was a featured speaker at the CityWrights Conference in Miami.  During her tenure as Director of Artistic Programs at CulturalDC, she served as Artistic Director of Source Festival.  In that capacity she oversaw the selection, development and production of more than 200 works for the stage over nearly a decade.  Work developed and produced by Jenny at the Source Festival boasts multiple National New Play Network Rolling World Premieres, several American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Award Nominations and an Osborn Award Winner. Through CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab Program and Space4: Performing Arts (which she conceived of and launched in 2017), she directed artist selection and recruitment processes and oversaw advisory panels. She has worked closely with many artists to create, develop and produce their own work. 

She lives in Takoma, DC with her husband and their long-term collaboration, a son named Thane.

Meet the Music Director

Benjamin Lurye

Benjamin Lurye

Benjamin Lurye is a long-time ATMTC teaching artist who also previously appeared here as an actor in Five Little Monkeys, Alexander…Bad Day, and A Year With Frog and Toad. Music Direction credits include Caucasian Chalk Circle (Constellation Theatre, also composed incidental music), The Tempest (We Happy Few)and many educational productions at local high schools, ATMTC, and Imagination Stage. Acting credits include A Little Night MusicSweeney Todd, and Diner (Signature Theatre); My Fair LadySweeney ToddMary PoppinsForever Plaid, and Joseph…Dreamcoat (Olney Theatre); Sweeney Todd and The Fantasticks (Rep Stage); Cinderella (Virginia Rep); Forever Plaid (ArtisTree Musical Theatre Festival); Les MiserablesRagtime1776, and Joseph…Dreamcoat (Toby’s Dinner Theatre); Hello, Dolly! (Ford’s Theatre); and others. Ben holds a BM from the University of Maryland and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit him online at benlurye.com and on IG: @ben_lurye_sings_high.

Meet the Playwrights

Tori Boutin

Tori Boutin (they/them) is a writer, musician, and performer based in Washington, DC. Tori is the resident music director for Prince George’s County’s Shakespeare in Parks, resident company member of Rorschach Theatre, and half of the writing team Bells & Boots. Local performance credits include Imagination Stage (Balloonacy), Adventure Theatre MTC (Junie B Jones is Not a Crook – Helen Hayes Nominated for Outstanding TYA), Arts on the Horizon (Jingle Journey and Squeakers & Mr Gumdrop – Helen Hayes Nominated for Outstanding TYA ), Rorschach Theatre (Sing to Me NowShe Kills MonstersTruth & Beauty Bombs), Constellation Theatre (The Master & Margarita), Faction of Fools (Great Commedia Hotel Murder Mystery), and Her Majesty & Son’s (Twelfth Night), among others. Tori graduated with a BA in Drama and History from The Catholic University of America. Bells & Boots’ new TYA musical The Seaside Adventures of Zoey Brine will premiere at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts in Fall ’22. Tori’s mission as an artist is to create LGBTQ stories that end in “happily ever after.” www.toriboutin.com

Madeline Belknap

Madeline Belknap (she/her) is a writer, musician, and educator based in the Washington, DC area. Performance credits include PG County Shakespeare (The Tempest, A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Midsummer Night’s Dream), Stillpointe Theatre (Company), and Wolfpack Theatre Company (The Last Five Years). Music Direction credits include Imagination Stage MPCJR (Pirates Past Noon, Frozen), Saint Bernadette School (Seussical: the Musical). Madeline is currently a PreK-8th grade music teacher, and a freelance piano, flute, and voice teacher. She earned a BA in Drama and Music from the Catholic University of America in 2017. Madeline’s goal is to ensure that all children get to see their lives and experiences reflected positively on stage.

Meet the Director

Stan Kang

A native of Arlington, VA, Stan Kang is a professional actor, director and teacher. Most recently, Stan directed Affinity Lunch Minutes at the Garden. During the COVID quarantine, he has also directed pieces featured in the DMV QFest 2.0. He co-directed his first film, DoubleTap, and his favorite theatre role was David Henry Hwang in Yellowface at Theater J.

As a stage actor, Stan has worked with many local DC theatres, such as Washington Shakespeare Company, Studio Theater, Horizons Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Scena Theater, and the Kennedy Center. He teaches directing at HB Woodlawn in Arlington, VA, and has worked as a director with Asian Stories in America (ASIA), where he directed Big Hunk of Burning Love and The Theory of Everything.

Stan is a founding member and executive director of the Educational Theatre Company (ETC). He is also a board member of Convergence Theatre, Hope for Grieving Families and Friends of Arlington Student Film Festival and is also an advisory board member of Washington Stage Guild and Diversity Works.

Meet the Cast

Alex De Bard as Jing-Jing & Stepsister

Zoe Elene Bernabe as Goddess

Dylan Arredondo as Father

Jasmine Proctor as Ella

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Our 2019-2020 season features an amazing team of female directors who are illustrating beautiful works that have never been seen on ATMTC’s stages. We are so excited to bring our perspective and energy to these productions based on familiar and beloved stories. We hope you are too! 

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