Anatole: Mouse Magnifique Director’s Note

I was first introduced to the Anatole stories when I was a child and my best friend’s mother read them to us. I know I loved them then but they had faded from my memory until Janet gave me a copy of an Anatole book she used to read to her children. It was like seeing an old friend. I remembered how much I enjoyed the character of Anatole, how much his heroic efforts thrilled me, and how his adventures through Paris ignited my imagination. I was reminded of the spirit of these stories and their simple and hopeful themes and I knew I had to be a part of this project.

Anatole: Mouse Magnifique focuses on the little guy (very little) triumphing over very large circumstances. It is a story about family and friendship. It is a story about loyalty and perseverance. The values of Anatole are the values of a world I want to live in. I have been so happy spending my days celebrating these themes and I am thrilled to put them into the world for the audience at Imagination Stage to experience.

This musical uses many different forms from the music theatre genre. We have had a blast working within these styles and I am so lucky to have such brilliant collaborators in Britta Joy Peterson (choreography) and Deborah Jacobsen (musical direction). This cast is as good as you will see on a Washington stage. They sing and dance and act and will make you laugh and sigh. I hope you enjoy seeing this little musical with a huge heart as much as I have enjoyed working on it.  

-Tom Story 

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