Make Way for Ducklings

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Make Way For Ducklings

Adapted from the children’s book by
Robert McCloskey

Adapted for the stage by
Sandra Eskin and Michael J. Bobbitt
Music and lyrics by William Yanesh
Co-Commissioned by Adventure Theatre MTC

Directed by Emily Ranii
Music Direction by Dan Rodriguez
Choreography by Tiffany Lau

Bostonians will be enchanted with the Mallard duck family as this classic tale leaps off the stage and soars into their hearts. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are exhausted from their search for a starter home when they land in the Boston Public Garden as a potential home. Surprised by a few conditions in the Garden, the Mallards move on to continue their search until their baby ducklings are born. When the ducklings begin to explore the world around them, the challenges of parenthood in the busy Boston environment create a fun bit of family drama. A classic story for all ages, this world premiere musical celebrates family, Boston, children and the beings who make an unfamiliar place a home.
Recommended for ALL ages

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Julian Manjerico
The Michael

Arinze Okwuosah
Mr. Mallard

Jackie Romankow
Mrs. Mallard


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Emily Ranii

Dan Rodriguez
Music Director

Tiffany Lau


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Michael J. Bobbitt

Sandra Eskin

William Yanesh
Music & Lyrics

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Every Bostonian, young and old, will immediately be transcended to the days of their youth with the Mallard duck family, as this classic tale leaps off the stage and back into their hearts. This utterly sweet tale follows the journey of the Mallard duck family searching for their forever home in the heart of Boston, MA. While every new location brings another obstacle, the Mallard family never loses hope on their journey. From the Boston Public Garden to the Charles River, the ducklings brave the unknown elements with panache and a sense of humor. Everyone watching will be delighted by the heart of Boston shining through in every scene and song. 

Co-Commissioned by Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo, Maryland (Chil Kong, Artistic Director & Leon Seemann, Managing Director) and Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts (Emily Ranii, Artistic Director & Nick Vargas, Associate Artistic/Education Director) in 2020.

Make Way for Ducklings© 1941 Robert McCloskey. Published by Penguin Books. The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and permission of Jane and Sarah McCloskey in making this production possible.


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Photos from rehearsal in Boston’s Public Garden

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