In a fresh, fun-filled celebration of reading, “The Enchanted Bookshop” brings to the stage a vast array of beloved literary characters, who come alive each night at a used bookstore, aptly titled A Likely Story.

The Clatsop Children’s Theater Company, sponsored by the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District and Jeremy Mills State Farm, will present “The Enchanted Bookshop” at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center. Performances take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17. There will also be a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, August 18. Doors will open half an hour before each performance.

“The Enchanted Bookshop”, written by Todd Wallinger, tells the story of six characters – Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer – who band together to help Margie, the absent-minded owner, save her struggling store. However, they are not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. When a pair of smugglers come looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn between warning Margie – and facing the risk of disappearing forever – or trying to defeat the crooks on their own.

The cast of “The Enchanted Bookshop” is comprised of 16 elementary, middle, and high school-aged children from across Clatsop County. This will be the third annual summer production put on by the Clatsop Children’s Theater Company in conjunction with the recreation district.

The performances are free and open to the public. Donations for the children’s theater are welcome. For more information, visit the Clatsop Children’s Theater Company Facebook page.

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