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Transcendence Theatre’s family treat

Transcendence Theatre’s “Fantastical Family Night,” on July 25 and 26 at Jack London Historic State Park, is a fun family evening with lots of surprises.

It is the second of four separately-themed Broadway Under The Stars concerts in the park’s winery ruins this summer. The music is all familiar material that everyone knows and loves, and families will be able to sing along and become a part of the magic.

Last year’s “Fantastical Family Night” won the Broadway World San Francisco award for “Best Performance For Youth,” and this year’s show will offer more of the same.

Co-directors Eric Jackson and Scott Barnhardt have a vision for the show based on the 2014 Transcendence Season theme, “Paint the Universe,” which reminds the audience that the power to change the world lives in each of us – and that our children will shape the future.

Both director/artists came to Transcendence from the same show – “Book of Mormon.” Jackson was featured in the national tour and Barnhardt was featured in the original cast on Broadway. Jackson explained, “For our vision, we wanted to explore what does it really mean to paint the universe, and how does it relate to our children’s future? The show also showcases the talents of many Transcendence artists, so audience members shouldn’t be surprised to see old familiar songs repurposed in a new way.”

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