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“Dinosaurs Before Dark,” based on the first book of the “Magic Tree House” series by author Mary Pope Osborne and directed by Mary Ann Connors, is being presented by NOVA Center for the Performing Arts.

The show begins Friday and runs through April 26.

The stage show follows Jack and Annie who go on a walk and discover a magic tree house. A wild adventure begins when the siblings find themselves living inside a book where dinosaurs and ancient creatures ruled the earth.

The roles of Jack and Annie will each be played by two actors. William Shields and Noah Paulson will portray Jack while Katie Combs and Anastasia Nupier perform as Annie. They will alternate performances throughout the run of the show.

The rest of the cast includes Rylan Melber, Jaelee Von Schriltz, Landry Gatlin, Ellen Summers, Keatin Hertz, Megan Brownson, Faith Carreno, Lola Hemmat, Gianna Johnson, Liam McCaughey, Ricci Summers, Gracie Fulton and Sharon Combs.

Connors said the show captures a child’s imagination and much more.

“Themes of friendship, motherhood, childhood, good and evil are just a few entwined in the plot,” she said.

Performances are April 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26. Show time is 7 on Friday and Saturday evenings, and the Sunday matinees start at 2. Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for students, seniors and active military with ID. Prices include a $1 facility fee.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.NOVAbillings.org or through the NOVA box office at 406-591-9535 or at 2317 Montana Ave. from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

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Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.