From Tony Award–winning actress Ali Stroker comes a semiautobiographical picture book debut about a spirited girl in a wheelchair who stages a show for her hometown with the help of her community.
Ali and the Sea Stars is a charming ode to the magic, high stakes, collaboration, and creativity of theater, inspired by Ali's experience as the first performer on Broadway in a wheelchair and by the summer she was cast in her first musical, in a backyard production of Annie by the Jersey Shore.
Ali loves to dance, sing, and act. But she had never thought of putting on her own show until her neighbor asks, "Why wait?" Immediately energized, Ali gets to work.
There’s so much to do before showtime—choosing the right musical, auditions, rehearsal, costume and set design—but Ali can do anything with help from her family and friends. When a storm threatens to undo all their hard work, Ali has to use her imagination and adapt.
Back matter includes an inspiring letter from Ali to readers on how she developed confidence while onstage and sharing how theater encourages teamwork and creativity.