proctors-theatre.JPG2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 Schenectady, N.Y. - ArtssPower National Touring Theatre, one of the nation's preeminent producers of professional theatre for young and family audiences, is delighted to bring the national touring musical of Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline and the Bad Hat to Proctors in Schenectady.  Madeline and the Bad Hat is at Proctors, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, (518) 346-6204, http://www.proctors.org/. Tickets, $9 adults; $7 for ages 17 and under. The show runs approximately an hour in length.  The third in the Madeline series, ArtsPower's Madeline and the Bad Hat focuses on the unbreakable bonds of friendship and family.  Madeline is none too pleased when Pepito, the son of the Spanish ambassador, moves in next door.  He seems insufferably arrogant and conceited.  And worst of all, he's cruel to animals.  Under the guidance of Miss Clavel, the caretaker of the girls at Madeline's boarding school, Madeline learns not to judge a book by its cover.  She discovers that Pepito's father is rarely at home and that this new neighbor is misbehaving because he is desperate for attention. Pepito and Madeline become friends after she resourcefully rescues him from danger, and consequently, Pepito and his father also grow closer.  It turns out that even an old-fashioned aristocratic gentleman can show great affection, and that Pepito isn't such a bad hat after all. Madeline is in that important ‘discovery' phase of her life, when the types of challenges and conflicts she faces are important to resolve.  The timeless charm of Bemelmans' Madeline story is quite relevant to young children, who are forever seeking ways to handle such problems.  The stage is a wonderful venue for such lessons. Madeline and the Bad Hat was adapted for the stage by ArtsPower's artistic director Greg Gunning, who also wrote the lyrics and directed the production.  Composer/orchestrator Richard DeRosa created the original Broadway-style score. Identical twins Mark and Gary Blackman founded ArtsPower in 1985 and have been steering its course ever since.  Its 27 original, professional touring musicals and dramas have been seen by 12 million people in 48 states - from Alaska to Florida - in hundreds of the nation's top regional theatres, university auditoriums, and cultural centers, including The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and Lincoln Center in New York. For more information on the Verona, New Jersey-based company or any of its programs, please call 973.239.0100 or visit ArtsPower's website at http://www.artspower.org/. Madeline and the Bad Hat is sponsored by Fenimore Asset Management as part of the FAM Funds Family Series. Note to editors: Downloadable images of ArtsPower's musical productions are available at http://www.artspower.org/.  To request a hard copy photo or to arrange an interview with Gary Blackman, Mark Blackman, or Greg Gunning, please contact ArtsPower at 973.239.0100.

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Contact: Michael Eck II Broadway Public Relations Liaison Proctors & Capital Repertory Theatre meck@proctors.org 518.382.3884, ext. 181