"Sing Down the Moon," a family-friendly musical retelling of traditional Appalachian wonder tales, will be presented Jan. 23 through 25 by George Mason University's Theater of the First Amendment.

The tales reflect those told by the early Scottish, French and German settlers who made their way through the Cumberland Gap. A quartet provides a backdrop of old-time Appalachian dance music.

The production, which consists of six tales, is the second collaboration between director Mary Hall Surface and composer and musical director David Maddox. It was nominated for five Helen Hayes awards, including Outstanding New Play, after its spring 2000 debut.

There will be three "Jack" tales: "Jack and the Wonder Bean," "Jack's First Job" and "Jack of Hearts and King Marok." The production's three other stories are "Catskins," "The Enchanted Tree" and a sung version of "The Three Little Pigs."

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 and 24 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

Ticket holders are invited to attend a pre-performance discussion with Surface and Maddox on the Grand Tier. Children can participate in a movement workshop, face painting and creating paper masks.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for children 12 and younger. More information is at 703-993-8888 or www.gmu.edu/cfa.

-- Diane Mattingly

"Sing Down the Moon," which featured Dori Legg in the original production, combines Appalachian folk tales from Scottish, French and German settlers.