Prime Stage Theatre to Present the Brave, Adventuresome, and Uplifting Story ‘The Boxcar Children’  

The Boxcar Children tells the moving story of four orphaned children running away from their grandfather, who they believe is cruel. Fearful of being separated, they find an abandoned boxcar in the woods, then decide to call it home where they can survive suspenseful mysteries and stay together.

The Boxcar Children is a perfect way to end our season of Suspense, Hope and Wonder with this inspiring story that brings literature to life,” said Wayne Brinda, Prime Stage Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director. 

“The Boxcar Children has remained a mainstay of libraries and bookstores for over 90 years. The stage version brings this beloved story to life, allowing the audience to meet the Alden children as they are presented with a life altering situation that threatens to split them apart. Please come join our actors as they create the magic and charm of the Boxcar. It is a classic story of resiliency and hope for all ages,” said Laura Wurzell, Director.

The production is based on The Boxcar Children Series, the first book written in 1924 by first-grade teacher Gertrude Chandler Warner. Over a hundred books followed the iconic original, most devoted to the Boxcar kids as mystery solvers. 

The Boxcar Children | Photo credit: Laura Slovesko

“The secret to The Boxcar Children series of children’s books longevity is the inherent theme that Henry introduces through the line, ‘We Aldens stick together like glue.’ We all spend our life seeking family and friends that we can have lasting, healthy relationships with. We begin this story with the children becoming orphans through the sudden death of their parents. The story unfolds with very simple lessons about how we can deal with challenges of loss by relying on those people around us that we identify as our “glue.” The children show us how to focus on the needs of their siblings, not themselves. In taking care of each other, they begin to move forward through their loss, ultimately finding new relationships to celebrate,” said Wurzell.


Prime Stage’s production of The Boxcar Children is based on the novel by Gertrude Chandler Warner, adapted for the stage by Barbara Field, and directed by Laura Wurzell. 

Performances are at the New Hazlett Center for Performing Arts from June 16 – 25, 2023, as follows:

  • Preview- Friday, June 16th 
  • Opening Night- Saturday, June 17th 
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm / Sundays at 2:30 pm / 
  • Sensory Inclusive performance is on Saturday, June 24th at 2:30.
  • Audio Described and ASL Signed performance is Sunday, June 25th at 2:30 pm

Recommended for 3rd-grade students, families, and adults.

Purchase tickets at: www.primestage.com

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