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In “The Adventures of Nate the Great” at RLT, the Kid Detective Unravels Neighborhood Mysteries

"The Adventures of Nate the Great" will play March 9-11, 15-18, and 22-25 in Raleigh Little Theatre's Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre

"The Adventures of Nate the Great" will play March 9-11, 15-18, and 22-25 in Raleigh Little Theatre's Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre

Raleigh Little Theatre will present a youth-theater production of The Adventures of Nate the Great, playwright and Arizona State University professor Pamela Sterling’s 1996 stage adaptation of Portland, ME novelist Marjorie Weinman Sharmat’s Nate the Great books (1972-2003), on March 9-11, 16-18, and 23-25 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre.

RLT associate education director Kathleen Rudolph will direct the show. She previously staged Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood (2006), The Reluctant Dragon (2007), Bunnicula (2008), Snoopy!!! (2009), and Really Rosie (2011) for Raleigh Little Theatre.

When the curtain rises, according to Dramatic Publishing:

“On a darkened stage, a tall figure in a trench coat and fedora blows a warm jazz refrain on a saxophone. This taller figure is joined by a much smaller figure, dressed in an identical trench coat and fedora. As the smaller figure raises his head, we see that under his fedora is a small boy with a very open, ordinary face. There is nothing ordinary about his expression, however. It is very ‘cool’ and very serious. He is Nate the Great [played at RLT by Nate Sepic], the sharpest kid detective ever to solve his neighborhood’s mysteries.

“With his faithful dog, Sludge [Riley Watson], and his friends, he solves important cases, always remembering to leave a note for his mother and wear his galoshes! It’s the Our Gang comedies meet Raymond Chandler. It’s a spoof of ‘B’ movie mysteries. It’s a perspective of a child’s vision of life’s everyday mysteries — when past, present, and future all combine to create a wonderful Now.”

"The Adventures of Nate the Great" cast includes (from left) Langdon Ogburn as Oliver, Nate Sepic as Nate, and Maddy Kunkel as Kate (photo by David Watts)

"The Adventures of Nate the Great" cast includes (from left) Langdon Ogburn as Oliver, Nate Sepic as Nate, and Maddy Kunkel as Kate (photo by David Watts)

In addition to Nate Sepic and Riley Watson as Sludge, the Raleigh Little Theatre cast for The Adventures of Nate the Great includes Maddy Kunkel as Nate’s assistant Kate, Sarah Langston as Annie, and Hannah Kodadek as Annie’s big dog Fang. Actors playing Nate’s friends and clients include Langdon Ogburn as Oliver, Daniel Murphy as Claude, Jonathan Beyer as Finley, David Snee as Harry, Maddy Kunkel as Kate, Hannah Hoskins as Rosamond, Camryn Cullen as Esmeralda, and Betsy Jones as Pip.

Raleigh Little Theatre presents THE ADVENTURES OF NATE THE GREAT at 7:30 p.m. March 9, 1 and 5 p.m. March 10 and 11, 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. March 15, 7:30 p.m. March 16, 1 and 5 p.m. March 17 and 18, 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. March 22, 7:30 p.m. March 23, 1 and 5 p.m. March 24 and 24 in the Gaddy-Goodwin teaching Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.

TICKETS: $13 ($9 children 12 and under). BOX OFFICE: 919/821-3111 or http://www.etix.com/.

SHOW: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/shows/11-12/nate.html.

PRESENTER/VENUE: http://www.raleighlittletheatre.org/.

DIRECTIONS: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/about/map-directions.html.

PARKING: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/about/parking.html.

NOTE: All shows are wheelchair accessible, and assistive listening devices are available for all shows.

OTHER LINKS:

The Play: http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/p17/The-Adventures-of-Nate-the-Great/product_info.html (Dramatic Publishing).

The Script: http://books.google.com/ (Google Books).

The Playwright: http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/AuthorBio.php?titlelink=9899 (Dramatic Publishing).

The Novels: http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/books/series/nate.html (Random House) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nate_the_Great (Wikipedia).

The Novelist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_W._Sharmat (Wikipedia).

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