Spookley the Square Pumpkin: The Musical is Now Available for Licensing!

Spookley the Square Pumpkin: The Musical is Now Available for Licensing!

By Music Theatre International on September 06, 2018

Based on the bestselling books and animated special, Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical is no tricks and nothing but a treat for all audiences!

Airing every year on Disney, Spookley has been a long time Halloween tradition for families all across the country. Now it's time to bring this Halloween hero to your stage in this Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) adaptation. 

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More than a Halloween Hit

Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical is more than a Halloween hit. With a message of acceptance, Spookley has become an essential tool for dealing with bullying and social wellbeing. In October 2018, Spookley the Square Pumpkin returns as the "Official Spokes-Pumpkin" for National Bullying Prevention Month through a partnership with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. For more information on Spookley's activities with PACER, visit: www.PACER.org/Bullying/

Available to educators, an Enrichment Guide provides classroom activities, recommended reading, and other resources.

Pick of the Patch

MTI has secured licensing rights to the beloved children's stage show, Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical.

Based on the wildly popular books and animated special, with book and lyrics by Spookley author Joe Troiano and music composed by Jeffrey Zahn, Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical combines the spectacle and joy of Halloween with delightful songs that people of all ages will love! Airing every year on Disney, the animated television special, adapted from the bestselling Spookley book series, has been a long time Halloween tradition for families all across the country. A musical with a big heart, Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical is no tricks and nothing but a treat for all audiences!

Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical tells the story of a square pumpkin living in a round pumpkin patch on Holiday Hill Farm. Shunned by the other pumpkins, Spookley is befriended by Edgar, Allan and Poe, three hilarious spiders, who convince him that, square or not, he has a right to be the Pick of the Patch. Encouraged by kindly Jack Scarecrow, Spookley tries his best, but he isn't sure he has what it takes until a mighty storm threatens Holiday Hill Farm. Spookley realizes it is up to him and his square shape to save the day. As a result, all the pumpkins in the patch learn that the things that make you different make you special.

The original production of Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical, directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage, premiered in Milwaukee in 2015 to sold out performances. In 2016, a second production was mounted by Stages Theatre Company in Minneapolis and it broke all prior attendance records for the season.

"It has been an honor for me to work with so many talented people in bringing Spookley's story and these songs to life on the stage. And it has been a thrill to watch audiences of kids and parents respond so positively, especially knowing that many of the kids are experiencing musical theater for the first time," said Joe Troiano who also wrote the children's book The Legend of Spookley The Square Pumpkin as well as the animated special.

MTI's President and CEO, Drew Cohen stated, "Spookley, with its universal themes and delightful score is perfect for all audiences, year-round. Of course, with a main character who is a pumpkin, it is uniquely well-suited for the fall season and we are thrilled to makeSpookley available in time for Halloween season this year. Spookley's track record of commercial success reflects how beloved this character-and indeed this musical-have become."

Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical is more than a Halloween hit. With a message of acceptance, Spookley has become an essential tool for dealing with bullying and social well-being. Available to educators, an Enrichment Guide provides classroom activities, recommended reading, and other resources. In October 2018, Spookley the Square Pumpkin returns as the "Official Spokes-Pumpkin" for National Bullying Prevention Month through a partnership with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. For more information on Spookley's activities with PACER, visit: www.PACER.org/Bullying/