An Evening of Music and Discussion with the Cast and Director of Tuck Everlasting.

An Evening of Music and Discussion with the Cast and Director of Tuck Everlasting.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt is the starting point for the adaptation by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle for Marblehead Little Theatre’s musical production, which will run from February 24 to March 5. Director Trudi Olivetti and the cast of players are joining library staff at Abbot Public Library at the Eveleth School location for a collaborative program featuring songs from the musical and a book and script discussion.

After an opening song, Children’s Librarian Marcia Cannon and Director Trudi Olivetti will discuss important themes and characters in the story and the challenges and changes in translating the book to musical theater. There will be an opportunity for audience questions as well.

The classical book by Natalie Babbit, published in 1975, concerns the curse or blessing of magic that gives eternal life. When ten-year old Winnie meets the Tuck family, she finds out their secret about a spring of water that grants eternal life. Many complications happen-some shocking. The book was adapted into a film and into a script for musical theater. The show was performed on Broadway in 2016 and has been produced many times in community theaters.

The five actors-Emilia Tagliani, Allison Russell, Andrew Hankinson, Breden Foley, and AJ Macrina-portraying the characters in the production will be on hand to perform more songs from the show after the discussion. Finally, all adults in attendance may enter a raffle for a prize of free tickets to the Thursday, March 2 night performance of Tuck Everlasting. Registration is required-please call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481.

Tuck Everlasting will run from February 24-March 5, 2023 at Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School Street, Marblehead. Tickets may be purchased at

Marblehead Little Theatre presents Tuck Everlasting, The Musical. Book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle. Music by Chris Miller. Lyrics by Nathan Tysen. Based on the novel Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

Cast members in attendance on March 1:  Winnie Foster-Emilia Tagliani, Mae Tuck-Allison Russell, Angus Tuck-Andrew Hankinson, Jesse Tuck-Braden Foley, Miles Tuck-Al Macrina, Director-Trudi Olivetti

Emilia Tagliani (Winnie Foster) is so thrilled to be making her debut at Marblehead Little Theatre in Tuck Everlasting in one of her dream roles! Some of her favorite past credits include: A Christmas Carol (Martha) North Shore Music Theatre, Little Women (Amy March) Wheelock Family Theatre, Beauty and the Beast (Belle) Greater Boston Stage Company, 13 The Musical (Patrice) Acting Out Productions, Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) Stage 284. Along with Theatre, Emilia enjoys dancing, playing guitar, and writing.

Allison Russell (Mae Tuck) is delighted to be making her debut with MLT in this beautiful and thought- provoking show!  A kindergarten teacher by day, Allison has been really lucky to return to the stage this past year as Gabrielle in Cinderella (Vokes Theatre) and one of her dream roles, Roxie in Chicago (Pentucket Players). Some of her other favorite credits include Pirates of Penzance, Mamma Mia, Titanic, 1776, Wonderful Town, The Sound of Music, The Secret Garden, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Godspell, Beauty and the Beast, and Cabaret.

Andrew Hankinson (Angus Tuck) originally hails from northern Vermont. He studied at Oberlin College before moving back east to find his calling. Andrew has spent a great deal of his life involved with local theater and has performed in a number of shows. Some of his favorites include Pirates of Penzance, Mamma mia, Titanic, 1776, Wonderful  Town, The Sound of Music, The Secret Garden, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Godspell, Beauty and the Beast, and Cabaret.

Braden Foley (Jesse Tuck) is ecstatic to make his debut at the MLT as Jesse tuck! He recently graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a double major in Theatre and Mechanical Engineering. His previous roles include Tommy Ross in Carrie, Eddie Birdlace in Dogfight, and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast.

Al Macrina (Miles Tuck) is excited to join his first production with MLT! He recently graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he participated in both VOX Musical Theatre and Masque Drama Theatre. Some of his favorite roles there included Jan in Small Mouth Sounds and Jamie in The Last Five Years. This is his second community theatre show, having recently finished his run as a member of the ensemble in Norwood Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast.

Trudi Olivetti (Director) is honored to present this musical for the MLT community. While living in the DC area, she produced and directed a program of traditional music and dance celebrating the winter solstice for twenty years, and was co-founder of an international community theater in Arlington, VA. Among other directing credits there were Inherit the Wind, Under Milk Wood, and the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. Local credits include directions for MLT’s youth programs, assistant direction for Mary Poppins and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, and serving as producer for a number of MLT shows.


Featured Image: The cast of Marblehead Little Theatre’s Tuck Everlasting, courtesy of Marblehead Little Theatre

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