Five family-friendly shows make up 2013 season for Pulse Opera House; season opens in March

Five family-friendly shows will make up the 2013 season of the Pulse Opera House in Warren, offering audiences the tried-and-true as well as one of the newest musicals to hit the stage.

The season opens in March with "Ramona Quimby," based on a series of children's books written by Beverly Cleary. The title character is an impulsive, energetic, independent 8-year-old.

Performances are March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, with school shows on March 7 and 8.

"Some Enchanted Evening," coming in May, celebrates the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein with songs from "The Sound of Music," "The King and I," "South Pacific," "Oklahoma," "Cinderella" and "Flower Drum Song." Performances are May 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18.

The summer musical, "Buccaneers," had its world premier in October 2012. This swashbuckling pirate musical features the tale of Enid Arabella, who takes to the high seas only to be captured by the tyrannical pirate Johnny Johne. Performances are July 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and Aug. 1, 2 and 3.

"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," originally performed at the Pulse in the late 1800s and reprised in 2002, returns in September. An audience favorite, it tells the classic tale of good versus evil. Performances are Sept. 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and Oct. 3, 4 and 5 ,with school shows on Sept. 26 and 27.

The final show of the Pulse's 27th season is the musical "Narnia," based on C.S. Lewis' tale "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Four children find themselves in a land of talking animals and mythical beings that the White Witch has ruled for one hundred years of deep winter. Performances are Nov. 22, 23, 29, 30 and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14.

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