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SNOWY DAY…A Sweet Reminder

Ezra Jack Keats’s stories bring to life the wonder of childhood…

There are a few moments in my childhood that I remember with more clarity than any others. When I could finally swing on my own without a starting push. Giggling while chasing my dad with a hose in our little backyard. Crouching over an ant hill, coaxing ants onto a stick to feed my (also recently caught) horny toad. These moments were simple, but I can remember them so vividly: the way my muscles felt while swinging, the warmth of the sun in that backyard, and the awe while watching the ants march in a line.

Now, I get to watch my own children experience those similar moments. In a world where distraction and complication rule, I love to see them make leaf angels in the yard (like they did a few days ago) or light up when they see a colorful sunset. Childhood may be fleeting, but it can also be so effortlessly magical.

Ezra Jack Keats beautifully captures these special moments in his stories. Whether it’s when Peter makes tracks in the snow with a stick or finally whistles to his dog, Willie; you can feel the wonder and excitement as Keats tells Peter’s story. Come to Dallas Children’s Theater and delight in the magic of childhood yourself through the eyes of Peter and all his friends at THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS playing through January 20. For tickets, go to dct.org.


 

 

Written by Guest Mom Blogger, Jessica Colaw.

 

 


THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER
STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS
Adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston
Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats
Music by Victor Zupanc

Now – Jan. 20, 2019
Ages 3 and up

Oh, the magic of childhood! Follow Peter and his friends as they enjoy the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure, and the feelings of a first crush. Packed with humor and fun, this production combines wonderfully innovative shadow puppetry and live action to showcase Keats’ beautiful appreciation for diversity. In fact, his characters ultimately became an inspiration for Sesame Street! An adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and the groundbreaking Caldecott Winner The Snowy Day, this uplifting story collection encourages us to play and live life to the fullest each day.

Artist at Work: SNOWY DAY’S Director, Guinea Bennett-Price

Recalling her own 70s era childhood…

We sat down with Guinea Bennett-Price, the director of THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS to learn why she loves this collection of stories, and to find out just how a simple pair of goggles might get kids running around.

What is a special talent you’ve brought to the creation and telling of these stories?

I brought the funk to this production! I’m a child of the 70s, and it’s in my bones. I love and remember these stories fondly from back then, so I tried to bring my experience from that time to the feel and vibe of the piece. I’m one of the oldest people [on the creative team], so I was able to bring in the throwback experience of hide and seek…and all the dancing.

Talk about collaborating with DCT to tell these stories?

I always love working with DCT, but this was extra special because of the impact these books made on literature. It’s an opportunity for brown people to see themselves in literature. It was one of the first books I ever had with a kid like me on the front, and it’s important for young audiences to see themselves on stage. Many people could play these roles, but in the casting I tried to be intentional because [Ezra Jack Keats] chose the shade of Peter’s face for a reason, so I looked for that in my lead actor. In the media, you get the idea that lighter skin black people are acceptable and easier to be around, and I wanted the audience to see a brown boy playing and enjoying himself. I was excited to let brown kids see themselves on stage.

Describe your favorite scene in the show.

The Goggles story because it has the most movement. And I love to see Archie and Peter interacting; they’re just two friends with the freedom to run and play in their neighborhood. Kids sit in the house today on their iPhone and there’s no eye contact; and this play shows these kids having eye contact and having fun in their space in their neighborhood. Maybe it will inspire some kids to get out and play. It’s so much fun to see kids dancing and being free and getting up and having a good time.

What is most exciting to you about this project? Why do you think families will enjoy this production?

There’s so much room for imagination if you’ll put yourself in the situation. When you think, “How would I feel at the first snow and getting to go out and play in it,” you get to realize that it doesn’t take things to make you happy; you can actually imagine a world. I love that this play asks kids to look at shadow puppets and imagine them as real. It gets kids thinking about how their lives can be more imaginative.

Guinea Bennett-Price is also the Co-Artistic Director of Soul Rep Theatre Company. Click here to learn more about their upcoming shows.


THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS
Adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston
Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats
Music by Victor Zupanc

Now thru Jan. 20, 2019
Ages 3 and up

Oh, the magic of childhood! Follow Peter and his friends as they enjoy the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure, and the

feelings of a first crush. Packed with humor and fun, this production combines wonderfully innovative shadow puppetry and live action to showcase Keats’ beautiful appreciation for diversity. In fact, his characters ultimately became an inspiration for Sesame Street! An adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and the groundbreaking Caldecott Winner The Snowy Day, this uplifting story collection encourages us to play and live life to the fullest each day.

Get tickets to see the show here.

Make puppets…spark creativity…theater promotes imagination like nothing else!

 

DCT’s current production on stage, SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS, has a particular benefit for the young and the young at heart. This collection of four stories uses lovely shadow puppetry combined with live action to celebrate the wonders of childhood. The innocence of young Peter is front and center as he tries to preserve a snowball overnight, pen a letter to his first crush Amy, learn to whistle to call his dog Willie, and to face bullies for the first time.  All the while, Peter is surrounded by loving family and friends who are there to take this journey with him as he grapples with the newness of it all.  The imagination of the young Peters of the world should both be treasured and explored thoroughly.  For many, these moments lead to deep revelations that propel them for a lifetime.  In theater, these moments are the sparks for creativity we always talk about.

I was asked to use video to show children how to create their own shadow puppet show. Although I was happy to do it, this request made me a little nervous. You see, I have spent the last 30 plus years performing with a professional puppet company, which produces very large and highly technical theatrical productions. How could I simplify some of the processes I have learned over the years to show children and their parents how they could easily make their own shadow puppets, produce their own show and have a great time doing it together? In the end, I think I just needed to tap into my own inner child and think the way they do… simply.

This is me puppeteering during Peter Rabbit.

As a young child, I remember my Dad reciting all kinds of nursery rhymes and fairy tale stories to me.  He would often make up voices and be every character in the story.  He would also use his hands to create the characters and watch me giggle with great delight. I especially loved his Big Bad Wolf voice and mannerisms. Remembering this joyful time, I chose the simple well known nursery rhyme, Hey Diddle Diddle, to base my puppet show videos on. It’s easy to remember and not very long.

The cool thing about shadow puppets is that they can be as simple or elaborate as your imagination and ability can create. Templates of the characters and many other silhouettes can easily be found on the internet, and most of the things you need to make them into puppets can probably be found in your own home. Using the templates, the puppet characters are traced on to cardstock, easily cut out and attached to a stick.

Part 1:  Creating Your Characters 

 

To create a stage, any household lamp without the shade can be used to make the light for the shadows, and piece of butcher paper or a white sheet can be used as the shadow screen. In addition to using cutouts, I also wanted to show kids that they can use their hands to make all kinds of fun shapes and characters.

Part 2:  Making Your Stage

Putting on a show can be so much fun for kids, especially when their parents are involved as well.  It also can be a fun craft to do with a friend.

Part 3:  The Show Must Go On 

 

I hope you enjoy this fun way to spend some at-home time bringing creativity to life with your child!  As you are looking for inspiration, be sure to come see SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS at Dallas Children’s Theater running now through January 20.


 

Written and developed by Trish Long, Master Puppeteer and 

DCT’s Director of Marketing.

 

 

 


 

THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS
Adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston
Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats
Music by Victor Zupanc

 

Now thru Jan. 20, 2019
Ages 3 and up

Oh, the magic of childhood! Follow Peter and his friends as they enjoy the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure, and the feelings of a first crush. Packed with humor and fun, this production combines wonderfully innovative shadow puppetry and live action to showcase Keats’ beautiful appreciation for diversity. In fact, his characters ultimately became an inspiration for Sesame Street! An adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and the groundbreaking Caldecott Winner The Snowy Day, this uplifting story collection encourages us to play and live life to the fullest each day.

Buy tickets now.

A Season of Giving

Be inspired to give all year long…

In between the holiday parties and hot cocoa breaks, there are also an abundance of opportunities to give back this time of year. Whether it’s through a canned food drive, donating gifts, or volunteering our time, there so many vital ways for us all, including our kids, to get involved.

DCT’s Magic Tree House’s Holiday Musical A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS is a story that focuses on the importance of giving. I really love that the play empowers children to give and emphasizes that we not only CAN but we MUST give our gifts to the world.

But the spirit of giving doesn’t have to end when the holidays are over. Some of the most significant gifts we can give may seem small when thinking about the problems that face our world, but they have the potential to create such a positive impact in our communities and anyone – young or old – can do them. Things like being present and respectful when talking and listening to others, offering a helping hand when needed, or valuing kindness. What other “gifts” could you give to those in your community?

Be inspired to give this magical season and all year long. Come see Magic Tree House’s Holiday Musical A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS at Dallas Children’s Theater. There are only a few shows left. Choose one of the dates below to begin your magical holiday journey.

Thurs., Dec. 20, 1:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 21, 1:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 22, 1:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 22, 4:30 PM
Sun., Dec. 23, 1:30 PM
Sun., Dec. 23, 4:30 PM


 

 

Written by Guest Mom Blogger, Jessica Colaw.

 

 


Make DCT part of your holiday giving! Help us continue live theater magic in 2019!

Your tax-deductible gift can support DCT’s education and community outreach programs.

– $1,000 –
Can help fund a sensory-friendly performance, send 100 students to a matinee performance, or support the creation of new plays.

– $500 –
Can help fund a sensory-friendly drama class, send 50 students to a matinee performance, or help fund outreach to new families.

– $250 –
Can help fund sensory-friendly pre-show activities, send 25 students to a matinee performance, or support a sign language performance.

– $100 –
Can help fund sensory-friendly drama class sponsorships, send 10 students to a matinee performance, or help feed cast & crew lunch on two-show days.

– $50 –
Can help a deserving family see a show, send 5 students to a matinee performance, or support our volunteer usher program.

– $25 –
Can send 2 students to a matinee performance, help DCT create a study guide for every play, or support the creation of a social story for sensory shows.

Every gift made will be recognized with a red ornament and something special for each child in your family to take home and enjoy this holiday season!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO SUPPORTERS LIKE YOU!

Theater impacts lives for a lifetime! Help DCT keep great experiences available and affordable for everyone. Give now.

Creativity for those Below 50 Days…

For the creative genius in your child…

Winter is quickly approaching, and with it, the inevitable extra time inside either escaping the cold or quarantined with a cold. Although my kids can play inside for hours with their beloved toys, especially Legos, I always like to have a few tricks up my sleeve for when their toys no longer hold the same appeal. Whether it’s making an artistic masterpiece from recycled material or creating and playing their own board game, this extra time indoors is an opportunity to encourage a little creativity.

Next time you’re at Dallas Children’s Theater, check out the “Create Your Own Story” corner at the theater’s store. It’s filled with books and activities that help spark creativity through innovative means (and just might be the trick you need up your sleeve). Books like All About Me: A Keepsake Journal for Kids that inspires journaling using creative prompts. Or, my personal favorite, the card game Once Upon a Time where everyone gets the chance to be a storyteller. And, my kids would love The Create Your Own Pop-Up Books: it includes all the material you need to create a story with pop-up illustrations.

Visit the store while you’re at the theater enjoying Magic Tree House’s Holiday Musical A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS playing through December 23 or THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS playing through January 20. Both of these productions are likely to spark creativity in those young imaginations. For tickets, go to dct.org.

 


 

 

Written by Guest Mom Blogger, Jessica Colaw.

 

 

 


 

Magic Tree House‘s Holiday Musical: A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS
Book by Jenny Laird and Will Osborne
Lyrics by Randy Courts and Will Osborne
Music by Randy Courts
Based on Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #16: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time by Mary Pope Osborne

MAGIC TREE HOUSE: A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS TYA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows[dot]com

Now – Dec. 23
Ages 6 and up

Magic Tree House, the #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time, premieres this large-scale, holiday-themed spectacular in Dallas! Be among the first to see brother and sister duo, Jack and Annie, whisked back in time aboard their magical tree ride to the foggy streets of Victorian England. Their mission: to help the famous writer Charles Dickens overcome a terrible bout of writer’s block. With a little help from three ghost friends, Jack and Annie learn how charity and kindness can change the course of history. No “Bah Humbug” here…this musical is a fantasy adventure filled with wonderful songs and dances of the season!

Title Sponsors: Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District and Globe Runner SEO.

 

THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS
Adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston
Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats
Music by Victor Zupanc

Now – Jan. 20
Ages 3 and up

Oh, the magic of childhood! Follow Peter and his friends as they enjoy the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure, and the feelings of a first crush. Packed with humor and fun, this production combines wonderfully innovative shadow puppetry and live action to showcase Keats’ beautiful appreciation for diversity. In fact, his characters ultimately became an inspiration for Sesame Street! An adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and the groundbreaking Caldecott Winner The Snowy Day, this uplifting story collection encourages us to play and live life to the fullest each day.

Note: There will be no performances of THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS between December 24, 2018 and January 3, 2019.

Produced in Collaboration with Soul Rep Theatre Company.

Title Sponsors: Southwest Airlines and Maroc “Rocky” L. Howard.

 

Meet the cast of THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS

See how they play all year long…

Aaron Jay Green*
(Male Player 2)
Aaron is thrilled to be returning to Dallas Children’s Theater! Previously spotted here in Treasure Island Reimagined! (Ben Gunn) and Jungalbook (Bagheera), other area credits include She Kills Monsters at Theatre Three; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Theatre Too; The Grown-Up at Flexible Grey Theatre Company; and The Full Monty at Uptown Players. He thanks his cast, crew, and DCT!

 

Jori Jackson*
(Female Player)
Jori is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and a graduate of Northwestern State University of LA with a BS in Musical Theatre and Performance & Directing. She is thrilled to return to DCT and Soul Rep! Her most recent stage work with DCT has been in A Charlie Brown Christmas (Frieda), Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium (Cami), James and the Giant Peach (Miss Spider), and Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook (Grace); and Soul Rep Theatre’s New Play Festival: Southside Stories and Re-Tales. Her other performance credits include: DCT’s Miracle on 34th Street (Finley), Fancy Nancy: The Musical (Bree), and Jackie & Me (Rachel); Theatre Three’s Memphis (dance ensemble); Cara Mía Theatre Co.’s Where Earth Meets The Sky (Earthroot); and Uptown Players’ Aida (dance ensemble). Much love to my family and friends. Xoxo.

 

Gerald Taylor II**
(Male Player 1)
Gerald is delighted to be back at DCT. After appearing in DCT’s National Touring Productions of The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) (Bloodbottler/Mr. Tibbs) and Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale (Villager #1/The King), Gerald spent the last year in productions for Pegasus Theatre, the FIT Festival, and the One-Minute Play Festival. He holds a MA from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

 


 

THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS
Adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston
Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats
Music by Victor Zupanc

Dec. 8 – Jan. 20
Ages 3 and up

Oh, the magic of childhood! Follow Peter and his friends as they enjoy the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure, and the feelings of a first crush. Packed with humor and fun, this production combines wonderfully innovative shadow puppetry and live action to showcase Keats’ beautiful appreciation for diversity. In fact, his characters ultimately became an inspiration for Sesame Street! An adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and the groundbreaking Caldecott Winner The Snowy Day, this uplifting story collection encourages us to play and live life to the fullest each day.

Note: There will be no performances of THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS between December 24, 2018 and January 3, 2019.

Get tickets here.

*Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association – **Indicates Equity Membership Candidate.

 

The Magic of a Snowy Day…

They may be few and far between, but sometimes Texans get a snow day, too!

Tiny flakes fall all around the Metroplex. News crews gather to watch ice freeze on overpasses. Cars creep along slick streets. A day the world (or at least our communities) seems to stop. And no one is more excited for this day, than our children. While many of us adults lament the potential inconvenience, kids have been waiting since the first day of school to hear those two wondrous words: “Snow Day!”

Maybe it’s because it doesn’t happen that often, or, when it does, our cities come to a halt. Or maybe it’s that our summers are so stifling that we actually crave a little chilly weather. Whatever the reason, snow days are enchanting to North Texas children (and children at heart). Tiny snowmen dot front yards, snowball fights with mud-caked snowballs ensue, and every little hill has the potential for sledding. We may be wearing too-snug ski wear or sopping-wet knit gloves, and the snow may actually be more ice than anything else, but that doesn’t seem to matter. For a brief moment, we get to experience Texas’s version of a winter wonderland.

I can’t guarantee we’ll get a snow day this year (although my own children have their fingers crossed), but I do know that that if you come to Dallas Children’s Theater, you can experience the magic of a snowy day through the eyes of Keats’ beloved character, Peter.

 

THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS runs December 8 through January 20. Follow Peter and his friends as they enjoy the excitement of a fresh snowfall and the magic of childhood. For tickets, go to dct.org.

 


 

 

Written by Guest Mom Blogger, Jessica Colaw.

 


THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER
STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS
Adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston
Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats
Music by Victor Zupanc

Dec. 8, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019
Ages 3 and up

Oh, the magic of childhood! Follow Peter and his friends as they enjoy the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure, and the feelings of a first crush. Packed with humor and fun, this production combines wonderfully innovative shadow puppetry and live action to showcase Keats’ beautiful appreciation for diversity. In fact, his characters ultimately became an inspiration for Sesame Street! An adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and the groundbreaking Caldecott Winner The Snowy Day, this uplifting story collection encourages us to play and live life to the fullest each day.

Note: There will be no performances of THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS between December 24, 2018 and January 3, 2019.

 

 

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Meet the Cast of Magic Tree House’s Holiday Musical: A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS

Tis the season for a glorious DCT cast…

Deborah Brown*

(Morgan / Mrs. Pinch / White Ghost /Ensemble)

Debbie is delighted to return to DCT where she has loved performing since 2001. She first appeared here in Honk!, and other shows include Goodnight Moon and Charlotte’s Web. Recent area appearances include Beauty & the Beast at Casa Mañana and Ripcord at Circle Theatre, for which she received a Best Actress award from the D-FW Theater Critics Forum Awards. She is a member of AEA and can proudly claim to have visited all 50 states in the U.S., as an Army brat and a touring actress.

Joey Castorena**

(Pickwick / Policeman / Ensemble)

Joey is very excited to be a part of his second DCT show after appearing in last season’s production of Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet (Chief). Joey is originally from the D-FW area, but moved to Houston when he was 13. Productions include Hairspray (Edna), The Producers (Roger De Bris), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfee), and The Little Mermaid (Chef Louis). Joey would like to thank the cast and crew for a wonderful production.

Bob Hess*

(Charles Dickens)

Bob is delighted to be back at DCT, having appeared in Miracle on 34th Street (Mr. Sawyer), The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Alexander T. Wolf), and A Year with Frog and Toad (Frog). Both onstage and on camera, Bob has worked extensively in the Metroplex for the past 36 years, appearing in and/or directing on the stages of nearly every professional theater in D-FW. He is a six-time recipient of the D-FW Theater Critics Forum Award (La Cage aux Folles, The Nance, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Uptown Players; Vieux Carré and The Odd Couple at Theatre Three; and A Year with Frog and Toad at DCT).  Bob holds his B.F.A. and M.F.A., both summa cum laude, from the University of Kentucky and Trinity University, respectively, and serves as an adjunct professor of theater at the University of North Texas.

Derril Lasseigne

(Jack)

Derril is very excited to make his Dallas Children’s Theater debut! Other productions he’s been in include Pippin, Seussical, Gypsy, and Aida at The Firehouse Theatre; and Kiss me, Kate (Bill Calhoun) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Peter) at Genesis Children’s Theatre. Special thanks to Nancy and the wonderful cast and crew.

Gena Loe**

(Waitress / Black Ghost / Ensemble / Dance Captain)

Gena is excited to return to DCT.  She previously appeared in Seussical™ at DCT and has also performed locally in Kiss Me, Kate and My Fair Lady at Garland Summer Musicals, and Sister Act (Sister Mary Lazarus) at MainStage Irving-Las Colinas. Earlier this year Gena toured with ArtSpot, an educational theater company that brings theater to students around the world to aid in English studies.

David Lugo*

(Merlin / Francois / Driver / Ensemble)

Audiences may recognize David from his work at Dallas Theater Center in Oedipus el Rey, Undermain Theatre, Theatre Three, Uptown Players, and Shakespeare Dallas, to name a few. He is one half of the improvisational comedy duo Lugo & Long.  Mr. Lugo recently appeared in the feature film I Did Not Forget You, which debuted at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.  He has countless television commercials to his credit.  David is also a voice over artist, and can be heard on radio and TV across the United States. He is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency, and can next be seen in Guadalupe in the Guestroom at WaterTower Theatre.

Ania Lyons**

(Mrs. Twigby / Tailor / Ensemble)

Ania is thrilled to be a part of her first production with DCT. Most recently she was seen in Newsies with Lyric Stage. Other credits include A Chorus Line with Uptown Players; Elemental: Nature’s Rhapsody with the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Elevator Project; and many productions at The Firehouse Theatre. She is a graduate of R.L. Turner High School and plans on studying musical theater in college. Much love to the DCT production team and KA for all the love, support, and opportunities!

Steven Miller

(Green Ghost / Ensemble)

Steven is thrilled to be returning to Dallas Children’s Theater after his incredible experience starring as Captain Braid Beard in the recent national touring production of How I Became a Pirate. He has also appeared in Bye Bye Birdie (Albert Peterson) at The Firehouse Theatre, A Man of No Importance (Rasher Flynn) at Brick Road Theatre, and The Producers (Franz Liebkind) at Garland Summer Musicals. Most recently, Steven appeared in Man of La Mancha (Pedro) at Theatre Frisco. Steven would like to thank his mom, Susan; his grandparents, Gerald and Virginia; and the rest of his amazing family and friends for their love and support.

Grace Moore**

(Annie)

Grace is thrilled to be back on stage at DCT! Select regional credits: A Little Night Music (Fredrika Armfeldt) at Theatre Three; Fiddler on the Roof (Shprintze) at Lyric Stage; and Mamma Mia, The Little Mermaid, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Casa Mañana. Equity Membership Candidate. Represented by Core Talent. @egracemoore

Olivia Grace Murphy**

(Roberta / Mary Dickens / Ensemble)

Olivia Grace Murphy is elated to be making her Dallas Children’s Theater debut! Usually you can see her at DCT working in the Box Office. Select Local Credits: Perfect Arrangement at Uptown Players, A Minor Case of Murder! at Pegasus Theatre, The Secret Garden at Brick Road Theatre, Dancing at Lughnasa at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, and Marilyn Pursued by a Bear at Theatre Three’s Monday Reading Series. Select Regional Credits: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Camelot at Texas Shakespeare Festival, and Sharknami: The Musical? at Orlando International Fringe Festival. Olivia is also part of the creative team of Flexible Grey Theatre Company in Dallas. Love to her Florida family, Texas friends, the DCT team, and Audrey.

Randy Pearlman*

(Mr. Pinch / Prince Albert / Ensemble)

Randy is excited to be returning to the DCT stage, and this time he’s not in a pig outfit.  His last appearance was in Charlotte’s Web where he played the winning pig Uncle, as well as the Narrator, Dr. Dorian, and the Fair Announcer. Randy has also been part of the DCT family for the last four years as House Manager, Store Coordinator, and part of the Box Office staff. He has appeared at many D-FW theaters, is a member of AEA, and is represented by The Horne Agency.

Wendy Welch*

(Mrs. Tibbs / Mrs. Dickens / Queen Victoria / Ensemble)

Wendy is happy to share the holidays at DCT. Past DCT shows include ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates. Local and regional credits include: Last One Nighter on the Death Trail; A Little Night Music; The Light in the Piazza; Caroline, or Change; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Elegies; Pride and Prejudice; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; The Unmentionables; The Matchmaker; Death of a Salesman; Damn Yankees; Follies; The History Boys; and Best of Forbidden Broadway. She has directed a number of musicals locally, most recently The Light in the Piazza at Brick Road Theatre. Honors include a Leon Rabin Award and three D-FW Theater Critics Forum Awards. An SMU Theater graduate, she teaches and coaches in her private voice studio, master classes, and camps. TV/Film/Commercial credits include: Murder Made Me Famous; Occupy, Texas; (selected as best Sci-Fi film of 2013); Mutual of Omaha; Baylor Hospital; JC Penney Christmas; Good Feet Arch Supports; Blackmon Mooring; and more. Represented by the Mary Collins Agency. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.

GREEN CAST

Back Row (Left to Right): Edie Hoesterey, Alison Thieberg, Georgia Smith, Judge Madden, Elizabeth Jiede

Front Row (Left to Right): Megan Jones, Jace Petrutsas, Leah Jones, Sydney Pitts

RED CAST

Back Row (Left to Right): Charlie Hamilton, Cate Goglia,
Will Singleton, Ria Marsh, Caroline Ricketts

front Row (Left to Right): Erin Mansour, Caroline Bush, Perrella Logsdon, Madeleine Jenkins


Magic Tree House’s
Holiday Musical:
A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS

Book by Jenny Laird and Will Osborne
Lyrics by Randy Courts and Will Osborne
Music by Randy Courts
Based on Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #16: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time
by Mary Pope Osborne

NOV. 16 – DEC. 23

Ages 6 and up

Magic Tree House, the #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time, premieres this large-scale, holiday-themed spectacular in Dallas! Be among the first to see brother and sister duo, Jack and Annie, whisked back in time aboard their magical tree ride to the foggy streets of Victorian England. Their mission: to help the famous writer Charles Dickens overcome a terrible bout of writer’s block. With a little help from three ghost friends, Jack and Annie learn how charity and kindness can change the course of history. No “Bah Humbug” here…this musical is a fantasy adventure filled with wonderful songs and dances of the season!

Get tickets now for festive, family fun.

 

MAGIC TREE HOUSE: A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS TYA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows[dot]com

 

A Female Lead: Madeleine L’Engle’s Relatable Heroine

Meg Murry may not be perfect, but she still can save the day…

L’Engle, Madeleine [madeleinelengle], Selfie, Instagram, 21 June 2018

A Wrinkle in Time is a book written by a woman with a teenaged female protagonist and published on the cusp of the women’s movement – I just love that fact! Meg Murry was one of the very first strong young female protagonists, with some of the character’s details based on Madeleine L’Engle’s own struggles in her youth. A first for its time, Meg isn’t an idealized girl: she’s self-conscious, stubborn, quick to anger, and just different from everyone else. But it’s these so-called faults, as well as her love for her family, that helps her defeat evil when no one else, not her father or brother or friend, can.

DCT’s Meg, played by Hannah Moore, is flanked by Mrs. Whatsit, played by Georgia Rose, and her father, played by Sam Hurley, as she contemplates the journey to save her brother, Charles Wallace, from IT.

I love that DCT’s production is performed by a youth ensemble – the perfect age to be inspired by a character like Meg. If you want to experience a story about overcoming adversity, good triumphing over evil, and teens saving the day, then this show is for you!

If you’ve felt a connection to Meg Murry, you’re not alone. Read about how others were also captivated by this powerful female character:

Rereading “A Wrinkle in Time,” After A Childhood Enthralled by Madeleine L’Engle

L’Engle’s ‘Wrinkle’ Smoothed Our Way

Check out Dallas Children’s Theater’s Teen Scene Players as they present A WRINKLE IN TIME.

Only a few seats remain…Buy your tickets now!
Tonight – Fri., October 26 at 7:30 pm
Tomorrow – Sat., October 27 at 1:30 pm


 

 

Written by Guest Mom Blogger, Jessica Colaw.

 


TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT
A WRINKLE IN TIME
Adapted by John Glore
From the book by Madeleine L’Engle
Produced by special arrangement with Stage Partners

Tonight – Fri., October 26 at 7:30 pm
Tomorrow – Sat., October 27 at 1:30 pm

Ages 10 and up

It was a dark and stormy night when Meg Murry’s journey began. Mrs. Whatsit, a mind-reading celestial being, arrives to tell Meg about the evil forces that are holding her missing father prisoner on another planet and the existence of a tesseract – a sort of wrinkle in space and time – that will help her save him. Mrs. Whatsit and two of her unconventional friends (Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which) transport Meg along with her super-genius younger brother Charles Wallace, and friend CalvinO’Keefe through the fifth dimension on a quest to rescue her father and free the universe. This groundbreaking sci-fi/fantasy tale captures the classic struggle between good and evil, the power of love, and the value of individuality. Teens can save the world!

 

PHOTO CREDITS: L’Engle, Madeleine [madeleinelengle], Selfie, Instagram, 21 June 2018 and Karen Almond

A Wrinkle in Time: A Lesson in Perseverance

56 years after it was first published, Madeleine L’Engle’s novel remains a sensation…

When I first read Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, I probably didn’t realize that it was a ground-breaking novel, I just knew that I really liked it. Now, as I think about A Wrinkle in Time, I’m amazed how much persistence and determination it took just to get this book in readers’ hands.

L’Engle was spurned 26 (!) times before a publisher was interested in her book. Despite overwhelming rejection, the book was a hit with readers and hasn’t been out of print EVER (and still continues to be a required-reading pick for teachers all across the country). It earned the prestigious Newbery Medal (among other awards), but was also deemed controversial and banned (even listed by the American Library Association as one of the “100 most frequently challenged books” for decades). The book was considered a first of its kind for children (she was told that science fantasy wasn’t appropriate for her intended audience), and L’Engle had to fight for her story’s survival– and we are all so fortunate that, like the book’s heroine Meg, L’Engle was victorious!

Learn more about the history behind A Wrinkle in Time at the following sites:

We invite you to come see for yourself why this story of good versus evil has withstood the test of time. Dallas Children’s Theater’s Teen Scene Players present A WRINKLE IN TIME.

Limited seating available. Get your tickets now!
Fri., October 26 at 7:30 pm
Sat., October 27 at 1:30 pm


 

 

Written by Guest Mom Blogger, Jessica Colaw.

 

 


TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT
A WRINKLE IN TIME
Adapted by John Glore
From the book by Madeleine L’Engle
Produced by special arrangement with Stage Partners

Fri., October 26 at 7:30 pm
Sat., October 27 at 1:30 pm

Ages 10 and up

It was a dark and stormy night when Meg Murry’s journey began. Mrs. Whatsit, a mind-reading celestial being, arrives to tell Meg about the evil forces that are holding her missing father prisoner on another planet and the existence of a tesseract – a sort of wrinkle in space and time – that will help her save him. Mrs. Whatsit and two of her unconventional friends (Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which) transport Meg along with her super-genius younger brother Charles Wallace, and friend Calvin O’Keefe through the fifth dimension on a quest to rescue her father and free the universe. This groundbreaking sci-fi/fantasy tale captures the classic struggle between good and evil, the power of love, and the value of individuality. Teens can save the world!

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Original dust jacket, designed by Ellen Raskin, wikipedia[dot]org, L’Engle, Madeleine [madeleinelengle], A Wrinkle in Time quote, Instagram, 5 October 2018,