Spotlight Theater opens the musical “Tuck Everlasting”

Moline’s Spotlight Theater (1800 7th Ave.) opens the 2016 musical “Tuck Everlasting” tonight, June 3, and it will run this weekend and next.

Performances will start at 7 p.m. on June 3, 4, 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, June 5 and 12.

In the story (based on the popular 1975 children’s novel by Natalie Babbitt), 11-year-old Winnie Foster longs for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but it’s not until she finds herself unexpectedly bonds with the Tuck family that she gets more than she could have imagined.

When Winnie learns the magic behind the Tucks’ endless youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance to live forever, according to a synopsis. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life or continue with the Tucks on their endless journey.

Based on the hit children’s classic by Natalie Babbitt and adapted for the stage by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, “Tuck Everlasting” features a soaring score by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, according to a Spotlight release.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better cast, a better staff and a better pit to share this experience,” Spotlight co-owner Sara Tubbs said on Facebook on Friday, noting that he was her first stage performance in two and a half years. “This show is the most beautiful production I have ever been in. Not only is everyone beautiful on stage, but they are also beautiful people off stage.

The Flavor Train QC food truck will set up outside The Spotlight for each “Tuck Everlasting” performance, beginning at 6 p.m. for evening shows and 1 p.m. for matinees. For tickets and more information, visit the Spotlight website.