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I am honored to win the 2024 Harold Oaks Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre for Young Audiences!

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on I am honored to win the 2024 Harold Oaks Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre for Young Audiences!

The Harold Oaks Award for Sustained Excellence in TYA honors the achievements of individual leaders and companies that have made a significant and lasting impact on the field of TYA. The awards will be presented in a joint awards ceremony with the Childrens Theatre Foundation of America on March 15th, 2024 as part of the 2024 […]

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A World Premiere “The Velveteen Rabbit” opens at Palo Alto Children’s Theatre

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / December 7, 2023 / Comments Off on A World Premiere “The Velveteen Rabbit” opens at Palo Alto Children’s Theatre

Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of “The Velveteen Rabbit” at PACT! With book and lyrics by Adam Tobin and directed by Marieke Gaboury, this new piece based on the classic holiday story by Margery Williams was created to highlight a large youth cast . If you are in the Bay Area, enjoy some holiday […]

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“Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” now streaming on the Mo Willems Youtube Channel

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / December 1, 2023 / Comments Off on “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” now streaming on the Mo Willems Youtube Channel

If you missed it on HBO Max, the animated musical special “NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED: The Underground Rock Experience” is now available for streaming on the Mo Willems Workshop YouTube channel! No subscription necessary. https://bit.ly/3MQsyKK

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“Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Underground Rock Experience” now streaming on HBOmax!

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / May 24, 2022 / Comments Off on “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Underground Rock Experience” now streaming on HBOmax!

Rock your socks on HBOmax and Cartoonito: Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Underground Rock Experience. So proud of this silly yet rockin’ story of individuality! https://youtu.be/BOxZhXzjROQ

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“Dramatic Moments” released by Music Theatre International

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / May 14, 2022 / Comments Off on “Dramatic Moments” released by Music Theatre International

Excited to be a part of Music Theatre International’s new educational initiative “Dramatic Moments” – where performers can dig deep into individual songs from musicals, with behind the scenes insights from the creators! Featuring songs from “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”, “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed”, “Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A […]

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“Unmuted” premieres online!

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / April 30, 2021 / Comments Off on “Unmuted” premieres online!

UNMUTED, part of First Stage Milwaukee’s new Amplify BIPOC Virtual Short Plays Series, is a lively new musical by First Stage Playwright in Residence Alvaro Saar Rios, with Music and Lyrics by composer Deborah Wicks La Puma and directed by Anna Skidis Vargas, Producing Artistic Director for Theatre Nuevo in St. Louis. This Amplify production […]

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DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS original cast recording released!

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / April 25, 2021 / Comments Off on DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS original cast recording released!

Enjoy 30 minutes of funky silliness with the original cast from the Kennedy Center Premiere! Available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music.

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SHE PERSISTED: The Musical wins Off-Broadway award for Best family Musical!

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / May 19, 2020 / Comments Off on SHE PERSISTED: The Musical wins Off-Broadway award for Best family Musical!

Thank you to the Off Broadway Theatre Alliance and congrats to the whole team at the Atlantic Theater!

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WE ARE IN A PLAY Jr debuts at JTF

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / January 18, 2020 / Comments Off on WE ARE IN A PLAY Jr debuts at JTF

Congrats to Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine, Texas, on your New Works Showcase performance of “Elephant and Piggie’s ‘We are in a Play’ Jr” at the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. What a joy for Mo and I to introduce you and watch you shine! Congrats to Marty Johnson, Tim McDonald, and the whole iTheatrics […]

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The most produced TYA Artist for a second year in a row!

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / October 3, 2019 / Comments Off on The most produced TYA Artist for a second year in a row!

In the season preview article by TYA/USA, the National Organization for practitioners of Theatre for Young Audiences, I am listed as the most produced TYA artists of the 19-20 Season!  It really helps when you work with amazing playwrights like Karen Zacarias and Mo Willems… “For the second year in a row, Deborah Wicks La Puma is […]

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SHE PERSISTED: The Musical opens at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / February 4, 2019 / Comments Off on SHE PERSISTED: The Musical opens at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

This weekend audiences in Berkeley, California got to see the premiere of SHE PERSISTED: The Musical (based on the book by Chelsea Clinton with illustrations by Alexandra Boiger), and hear the inspiring story of American Women who changed the world! Book and Lyrics by the wonderful Adam Tobin and directed by the amazing Khalia Davis. […]

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The Most Produced TYA Artist of 18-19!

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / September 10, 2018 / Comments Off on The Most Produced TYA Artist of 18-19!

In a recent article by TYA/USA, the National Organization for practitioners of Theatre for Young Audiences, it appears I am the most produced TYA artists of the 18-19 Season.  Crazy, right?!? Most Produced TYA Artist: Deborah Wicks La Puma is the most produced TYA artist of the upcoming season. As the composer of Elephant and […]

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“OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist” published by Dramatic Publishing

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / September 10, 2018 / Comments Off on “OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist” published by Dramatic Publishing

Our musical adaptation of Charles Dicken’s classic novel set on the street of Rio de Janeiro is now available through the good folks at Dramatic Publishing!

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ELLA ENCHANTED wins Helen Hayes Award!

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / March 14, 2018 / Comments Off on ELLA ENCHANTED wins Helen Hayes Award!

ELLA ENCHANTED wins “Outstanding Play or Musical Adaptation” for its Adventure Theatre premiere in the DC area!   My third nomination and first win.  🙂  Congrats to all those who made it possible!

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PERDIDA in Salt Lake City

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / August 22, 2017 / Comments Off on PERDIDA in Salt Lake City

This original musical, exploring Shakespeare’s story of jealousy, love and forgiveness as a celebration of Dias de los Muertos is coming to the Grand Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah!  Opening October 12th.  Tickets and Information

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ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE are Off-Broadway!

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / February 4, 2017 / Comments Off on ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE are Off-Broadway!

Mo Willems and I had the honor of having our show run off-Broadway at the New Victory Theatre this February!   As part of its national tour with the Kennedy Center, this two week sit-down was a treat, featuring a live band.   We got to share the excitement with the crowd at a talk back […]

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OLIVERio: A Brazilian Twist opens at the Kennedy Center

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / January 30, 2016 / Comments Off on OLIVERio: A Brazilian Twist opens at the Kennedy Center

OLIVERio: A Brazilian Twist opened to rave reviews!  “A story of female empowerment that can charm both girls and boys.” (DC Theatre Scene) “Oli learns tough lessons about what it means to have hope, and share that hope in a world that no longer believes. What ensues is a rollercoaster chain of events with beautiful connections, […]

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ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE: The Album! Available at CD Baby

By Debbie Wicks La Puma / December 1, 2014 / Comments Off on ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE: The Album! Available at CD Baby

The Original Cast Soundtrack for ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S: WE ARE IN A PLAY! which debuted at the Kennedy Center to sold-out crowds in 2013 is now available digitally and physically at CD Baby.  

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Vocal Work Out! CD

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