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. Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17, in addition to a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday, Aug. 18. Doors open a half hour before each performance.

In “The Enchanted Bookshop,” written by Todd Wallinger, six characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — band together to help Margie, the absent-minded owner, save her struggling store. However, they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. So when a pair of smugglers comes 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 third annual summer production put on by the Clatsop Children’s Theater Company in conjunction with the recreation district.

“The Enchanted Bookshop” 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 or email director Katherine Lacaze at cctc.artsdirector@gmail.com.

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