Theater: Cedella Marley’s “Three Little Birds”


Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC) announces a world premiere musical, “Three Little Birds,” based on the book by Cedella Marley with music and lyrics by reggae legend Bob Marley. Directed by Nick Olcott, the piece was adapted for the stage by Michael J. Bobbitt and features additional music and lyrics by John L. Cornellius II. The show runs from March 15 to April 14, 2013 at Adventure Theatre MTC, located at 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, Maryland.

Within that time frame, other important dates are: Spring Break Performances, March 26-April 1, at 11am & 2pm; Pajama Party, March 15, at 7pm; Press Opening, March 17, at 2pm; Sensory/Autism Friendly Performance, April 13, at 2pm; and American Sign Language Performance, on March 30, at 2pm.

Description: Three little birds sing their sweet songs to Ziggy, a very shy child who is happy to see the world from the TV in his room. His tricky friend Nansi wants him to get out and enjoy the Island nation of Jamaica. But Ziggy is afraid of hurricane, mongoose and evil spirits. Their worldly adventure is enlivened by the fantastic songs of renowned reggae artist, Bob Marley. Roots, Rock, Reggae!

Three Little Birds brings to life not only a beautiful story, but an African-Caribbean culture and music that heavily influenced African-American music in the mid 1900’s and continues to influence it today. As a result, Three Little Birds is the 3rd of Adventure Theatre MTC’s African–American Adventure Series. [. . .] Recommended for Ages 4+.

Michael J. Bobbitt, Producing Artistic Director at Adventure Theatre MTC says of the show, “Jamaica may be a small island nation, but its presence has been felt globally, especially in America. We have been so blessed to have support from Cedella Marley, who was amazing to work with on this project and allowed us to introduce her words and her father’s music to a new generation.”

Adventure Theatre (founded in 1951) and Musical Theater Center (founded in 1986) merged into one organization, Adventure Theatre MTC, in 2012. Located in Glen Echo Park (Glen Echo, MD) and Wintergreen Plaza (Rockville, MD), ATMTC cultivates new generations of artists and audiences by creating memorable theatrical productions and by providing young people the highest quality musical theater training.

Tickets are $19 each and can be purchased by calling (301) 634-2270 or online at

For more information about the show, see

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