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From the novel
Florence Engel Randall 

Book & Lyrics
Douglas Thompson

Johanna Telander




It’s been nearly a year, and Jan is still haunted by the traumatic loss of her father. Now, her mother has moved Jan and her little sister into a creepy old house, surrounded by dark woods. Here, the haunting is real. Forces she cannot see, and feelings that are not hers, compel Jan to unlock the fifty year old mystery of a young girl's disappearance in the woods.

Someone, or something, wants her to know the truth.

The only way out of the woods ... is through.

Watcher in the Woods: A New Musical  

is a ghost story; an epic supernatural tale of remembrance and reconnection, combining the spine-tingling chills of Goosebumps with the emotional heart of The Secret Garden; a reminder that we must come together to carry on.




Watcher in the Woods: A New Musical has music by Johanna Talendar with book and lyrics by Douglas J Thompson. Saki Kawamura is attached to direct.

It is based on the 1976 novel by Florence Engel Randall. The work was previously adapted for the big screen in 1980 by Walt Disney with Bette Davis, David McCallum, and Kyle Richards starring. Angelica Huston led a 2017 remake for Lifetime, directed by Melissa Joan Hart.

Currently in development, Watcher in the Woods: A New Musical will receive a staged workshop production, open to all audiences, Fall 2024. 


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