THE BOOKS

Curtain Up!

After 12-year-old Anya is cut from her middle school soccer team, she decides to pursue her true passion, which is theater. With the help of her sister and new friend Austin, Anya puts together a kids’ summer theater troupe (The Random Farms Kids’ Theater), recruiting area kids as actors and crew members. Acting as director, Anya has to navigate the ups and downs of a showbiz life, including preparing scripts, finding a venue, and handling ticket sales, not to mention calming the actors’ insecurities and settling conflicts. It’s a lot of responsibility for a 12-year-old. Will their first show ever get off the ground? This series is closely based on the real-life experience of Anya Wallach, who began a summer theater “camp” in her parents’ basement when she was just sixteen years old. Today, Random Farms has launched the careers of many of today’s youngest stars on Broadway.

Showstopper!

Book 2 begins just days after the debut of the troupe’s first production. Relishing her success, Anya turns her attention to the troupe's second show. But trouble rears its head almost immediately when their beloved barn venue is jeopardized. How can they put on a production without a theater?

 

Along with managing the production and growing as a Director, in Book 2 Anya is faced with new challenges. How will they raise enough money to cover licensing costs and what will happen if she is not totally honest with her parents about plans for rehearsals?

 

Is the second show doomed before they ever start rehearsal? Can Anya handle the pressure?

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