North Central College Fine & Performing Arts

Musical based on children’s book ‘Alexander’ comes to North Central College April 20

Published on 2/26/2013

North Central College on April 20 welcomes “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” a musical based on the children’s book by Judith Viorst.

Two performances will be presented at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/children; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit For an additional $4 per ticket, patrons may add an ice cream reception, taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the day of the performance.

Have you ever had a really rotten day? Alexander has. He wakes up with gum in his hair, he trips on a skateboard and then he accidentally dries his wet face with his good sweater—all before breakfast! Alexander can already tell—it’s going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!

Laugh and sing along with Alexander’s misadventures in this hilarious musical presented by Theatreworks USA and Two Beans Productions. Discover, along with Alexander, that sometimes, everyone has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Even in Australia.

Featuring book and lyrics by Viorst, this production began touring in 2006. Viorst also wrote the original book, illustrated by Ray Cruz, upon which the musical is based. Music is by Shelly Markham, with direction by Rob Barron (Theatreworks USA’s “Charlotte’s Web,” “Ramona Quimby” and “Romeo & Juliet”).

Theatreworks USA is America’s largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences and has a distinguished history of actors, writers, directors and designers. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has entertained more than 72 million audience members throughout the United States and Canada. It is the only children’s theatre to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award.

Two Beans Productions is under the direction of artistic director Rob Barron. Barron has done more than 100 productions of theatre for young audiences in New York City and around the United States, and many were for TheatreworksUSA. He is also a produced playwright, and some of the musicals he has co-authored include adaptations of “Ferdinand the Bull” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Navistar is underwriting sponsor of North Central College’s 2012-2013 Fine and Performing Arts Season. The season is partially supported by USG Corporation and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and National Endowment of the Arts.