Review: The Enchanted Bookshop at Encore Stage & Studio


Last weekend as the snow flurries were just starting to fall, my daughter and I saw The Enchanted Bookshop at Encore Stage & Studio. It was the perfect activity for a cold winter afternoon and the show did not disappoint! The 26 child actors delivered a fabulous performance and we were entertained throughout. It was playful and exciting; a perfect show for the whole family to enjoy!

During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore.  But at night, it’s a place where magic happens.  That’s when the characters inside the books come alive.  Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store.  But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes.  So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn.  Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever?  Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen?  Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way. We recommend this production for ages 4 and older.


WHEN:  January 11-20, 2019

Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Fridays, January 11 & 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Saturdays, January 12 & 19, 2019 at 11 am and 3 pm
Sundays, January 13 & 20, 2019 at 3 pm

WHERE: Gunston Arts Center – Theatre One, 2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA 22207

TICKETS: $15 Adults, $12 Children, Students, Military, and Seniors. Tickets are available online at or by calling the box office at (703) 548-1154.

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