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The Boston Conservatory Theater Ensemble Presents the Apple Tree

(BOSTON—April 20, 2012) The Boston Conservatory Theater Ensemble presents The Apple Tree, April 20—22, 2012, at The Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for all students with valid ID. Box Office: (617) 912-9222 or http://bostonconservatory.ticketforce.com/. 

From the songwriting team of Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me comes a unique evening of three one-act musicals about men, women and a little thing called temptation. The first, The Diary of Adam and Eve, is a quirky, touching spin on the tale of the world's first couple, adapted from Mark Twain's Extracts from Adam's Diary. The second, The Lady or the Tiger?, explores the fickleness of love in a rock and roll fable set in a mythical barbarian kingdom. Finally, Passionella is based on Jules Feiffer's offbeat Cinderella-story about a chimney sweep whose dreams of being a "glamorous movie star" nearly sabotage her one chance for true love. Book by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Jerome Coopersmith. Music and Lyrics by Jerry bock and Sheldon Harnick. Based on stories by Mark Twain, Frank R. Stockton and Jules Feiffer. Directed by Paul Melone. Conducted by F. Wade Russo. Choreographed by Lillian Carter.

Melone explains, “What holds these three different works together is style. These three stories are outlandish, and out of place with each other, but the music of Harnick and Bock pulls them together with a score that goes from the lyrical to the bombastic with ease and panache. The bubbling zaniness of the score whisks us from the creation of man to 60s Hollywood.”

Paul Melone is a graduate of the Boston University's Theatre Department. Directing credits include: Adding Machine: A Musical (2010 Elliot Norton Award - Best Director), The Little Dog Laughed; Fat Pig, The Moonlight Room, Our Lady of 121st Street and The Shape of Things for SpeakEasy Stage; Curse of the Starving Class for Apollinaire Theatre Company; and Things Beyond Our Control at Brandeis University. At SpeakEasy, Melone has managed more than 60 sixty plays, musicals, concerts, cabarets and special events. He is also production director for A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, an annual holiday music event for WGBH radio, and serves on the board of StageSource, the Greater Boston Theatre Alliance. 

About The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. For more information, visit www.bostonconservatory.edu. 

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