Globe of America on the Queen Mary Launches Family Matinee Fun!

First Production, Holiday Musical Version of The Fir Tree to Open November 11, 2005

Additional Family Matinee Productions Will Follow Through August 27, 2006

LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ — The Globe of America on the Queen Mary is launching a series of family matinee productions by the Young Globe Players. Four productions will be performed through the year in the ship’s Royal Theatre. Season Tickets are $60 for adults and $40 for children. Single tickets for the first production, The Fir Tree, slated to begin November 11th, are also available at $20 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets can be purchased from the Globe’s Box Office at the Queen Mary by telephoning 562-499-6630, or on line at

The Young Globe Players season includes: The Fir Tree — opening November 11 and playing through December 30, A Device Out of Time — running February 2 – March 19, 2006, Young King Arthur — April 6 through May 19, 2006 and A Comedy of Errors — July 6 through August 27, 2006.

Performances will be held Wednesdays at 4 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. to accommodate groups wanting to combine tours of the ship and lunch with the play. The Globe’s Ice Cream Matinee series will continue to be presented on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.

Returning to the stage from this summer’s hit, Androcles & The Lion will be actor/singers Katt Tait as The Fir Tree, Eddie Jauregui as Eric, Kirstin Kluver as Ingrid and Michael Laurie as Oscar. The production will introduce Corinne Shor as Freya, Eric’s mother, in her West Coast debut.

The Globe of America is one of many entertainment opportunities available on a visit to the Queen Mary. The Globe box office staff can arrange self- guided tours and other combination packages at the time tickets are ordered.

The Globe of America is a professional theatre company that makes its home on board the Queen Mary. In the ship’s Royal Theatre and its Boiler Room, the Globe produces frequent weekend evening entertainments, experimental approaches to classic plays and a series of four plays for children and families throughout the year. The Company offers classes for seniors and middle school students and workshops for serious acting students. The Globe’s first major productions of Shakespeare’s plays are scheduled to open on July 6, 2006. For performance information, call 562-499-6646, or visit the Globe’s website at

The Queen Mary is located at the south end of the 710 Freeway, and features a 365-stateroom hotel, casual-to-elegant restaurants, unique shops and historic tours. There is a charge for parking. More information is available by calling (562) 435-3511 or visiting



This holiday musical version of The Fir Tree is based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen, with a book by James Engelhardt and music by Carol Weiss, The Fir Tree offers a charming and unique look at the meaning of the holiday season as seen through the eyes of a small tree, a small boy and some inquisitive animals. The play will be directed by David Fox-Brenton and Music Director, Mari Harris, with costumes by Marianne Parker.


The second production, A Device Out of Time by Ray Bradbury, directed by David Fox-Brenton is a great work of science fiction that takes two children to visit the neighborhood time machine where they learn a lot about the past, and important lessons about the present.


A world premiere by James Engelhardt, directed by Ann Vermel. Author Engelhardt brings together the many Arthur legends in a play that explores how Merlin prepared Arthur to be king, and wound up learning more than anyone.


More or less by William Shakespeare, directed by James Engelhardt. One of Shakespeare’s sprightly earliest plays erupts in comic confusion when the twins of two of the town’s solid citizens show up and no one knows who is who.

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