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Chi Omega Christmas Market Offers DCT Supporters A Great Excuse To Go Shopping!

cocwreath_noyearWe are so excited to be a beneficiary of the 2014 Chi Omega Christmas Market.  The funds we receive from this organization will support our Curtains Up On Reading Program.  This program pairs a teaching artist from DCT with a classroom teacher for several weeks of creative learning exercises focused on helping students with an area that they might be having difficulty with. Christmas Market co-chairs Jenny Kaiser, Allison Cox, Sarah Koda were among those who selected DCT and other local beneficiaries.  They talked about why it made sense for their organization support this program through their annual fundraising efforts.

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According to Jenny Kaiser, “The style of teaching students the basiccurriculum through the arts opens new doors for the children to create, direct and explore allowing them a new voice and lots of pride.  Students not only  learn the curriculum but they  retain the information in a way that will forever leave an impression.”

Now in its 37th year, the 2014 Chi Omega Christmas Market will return to Centennial Hall at Fair Park November 19th – 22nd. Boasting 160-plus national vendors and attracting upwards of 10,000 shoppers, this anticipated annual event tops must-shop lists across the region.

At this year’s market, themed “Christmas in the City,” attendees can expect to find jewelry, home décor items, women’s fashion, toys, linens, and original art. What’s more, following the four-day event, thousands of dollars will be donated to area beneficiaries including Dallas Children’s Theater, Bea’s Kids, Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, CitySquare, Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, Dallas Police Association’s Assist the Officer Foundation, Letot Center Capital Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation of North Texas, Project Transformation and Collegiate Scholarships.

“Each year, we strive to top the year before, and after a record-breaking year in 2013, we have our work cut out for us,” says Sara Koda, 2014 Chi Omega Christmas Market Co-chair. “This year, we have pledged $206,500 to our fantastic beneficiaries, and we would love nothing more than to surpass that goal.”

Ticket prices range from $12 advance purchase to $75 for a special preview party. For more information and to purchase tickets visit ChiOmegaXmas.org.

Kathy Burks, Frosty and Friends

There’s nothing quite as magical as puppets.

DSCN0976I dropped by Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts to witness what looked like elves on a mission as they work to create the all new musical revue for the holidays, FROSTY & FRIENDS.  When I asked Kathy about the process, she responded as if she was telling me about her family. She told me about how hard the elves, Barry, Surly, and Zoe have been working and how Surly gets grumpy sometimes.  She then just paused, smiled and said, “This is fun. It’s always been fun.”

Many people consider puppets to be toys for children, but the true art of puppetry is an ancient and ever-evolving one.  When the Master Puppeteer picks up an inanimate puppet, he can make you believe that the character truly lives.  It is the result of intense training and hours of rehearsal, but the puppeteers make it look like magic. For FROSTY & FRIENDS, Kathy’s team chose to work in the styles of black theater rod puppets and marionettes, always searching for the best way to tell the story.

Several months ago, I saw Kathy in her studio creating one of the elves, DSCN0974precisely sculpting the face for just the right expression.  She cradled it in her hand as if she was listening, waiting for guidance. Zoe’s eyebrows weren’t quite right, so she’d continue working until it was her face.  Then, Sally Fiorello would take over to paint the faces, again making changes until they were just right, and then Lyle Huchton created original costumes for each of them.  If Zoe was being played by an actor, she had landed an enviable gig.  Actors don’t always get this kind of undivided attention.

DSCN1279Of course Zoe will do her part too, accepting the careful manipulation of her Master Puppeteer and propelling the energy into an audience who has been promised some holiday magic. No wonder Kathy has so much fun. She reflects, “To see these things from your imagination come to life is great fun. I’ve always liked what I do, and I hope the children are going to like it, too. We’re like the elves, working feverishly to prepare for the holidays, and laughing through the hard work. I’m just so lucky.”

Holidays are a time to BELIEVE.

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Now that we’re approaching the holidays, our BELIEVE entries are taking on additional significance as we revisit them.  Amanda Maceda joined us for opening night of our Teen Scene presentation of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DSCN1019DEAD on October 17, and she brought along a couple of her lifelong friends as she was honored as a grand prize winner with her artwork, Fading Color of Life. Amanda’s creation was one of the first we received, and it was a mesmerizing self-portrait with a vibrant green fading to gray.  Before the performance as Amanda was presented and asked about her inspiration, she told us about her commitment to preserving the environment with a word of caution that had everyone’s attention.  There we were, a room full of zombies suddenly inspired to bring life back to our earth.

Our next opening is going to be one of the most festive events I can imagine, as both of our holiday shows, FROSTY & FRIENDS and MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET open on November 21.  The Rosewood Center will be full of families with kids, finally out of their candy-induced fogs ready for the most wonderful DSCN1020time of the year.  There will be live music, photo ops with Santa’s elves, balloon animals, tasty treats, and the lobby will be decked out in silver and blue and it will be spectacular. That is also when we will celebrate two more grand prize winners.  At age 5, William Croupe was our youngest entry, but his imagination is already well-honed.  William believes in magic, as we all do during the holidays, and he believes “magic makes things easier.”  I still think he will be shocked when he and his family see the magic that Kathy Burks’ crew of master puppeteers creates with FROSTY & FRIENDS.  I’ve seen them in rehearsal, and believe me, they only make it look easy!

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET is one of those stories that you can’t experience too many times.  I only knew this story as a film, but having been introduced to the script, and to the charming actors that are going to play Kris Kringle andDSCN1045 the young Susan, I cannot wait to see this show on stage.  All of the warm feelings we long for at Christmas are right there.  It’s about faith, family, and togetherness and one of the most adorable young elves you can imagine! That same feeling of warmth and togetherness was expressed in Mimi Clot De Broissia’s contest entry, Together Forever.  Mimi volunteers at an animal shelter and sculpted a detailed depiction of what it’s like when a pet finally goes home with a loving family.  I can’t think of a more appropriate time to honor her.

We are going to extend an invitation for all of the kids who entered our BELIEVE contest to join us for the first two weekends of our holiday shows because their work is important and we are so thankful they shared it with us.  Check out two new contests for teens HERE and please enjoy your holidays together with us!

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Many thanks to Chooze Shoes and Accessories for providing custom gifts for each of our our grand prize winners. choozeshoes.com

 

Lots of Locks and Love

 

LOLLOGOAs we celebrate the successful run of RAPUNZEL! RAPUNZEL! A VERY HAIRY FAIRY TALE, we can’t help but be obsessed with hair. It’s everywhere, and our friends at Locks of Love have been educating us on their efforts to provide much-needed hair to children suffering from medical hair loss.

Locks of Love is a non-profit organization which utilizes donated hair to provide custom hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 with medical hair loss from burns, radiation treatment, alopecia, or other conditions which cause them to lose their hair.

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DCT Executive Artistic Director Robyn Flatt’s granddaughter, Zoe, has participated in Locks of Love, and explained, “They cut off ten inches of your hair to be made into wigs.” The manufacturing process uses up two inches, leaving only eight inches for the hairpiece, and it takes 6-10 ponytails to complete a child-size wig.  Of course, as Zoe pointed out, Locks of Love could do wonders with Rapunzel’s locks!

For more information, visit locksoflove.org.  Toni & Guy Hairdressing at Hillcrest Crossing is a local participating salon.  You can find out more about them at toniguy.com.

We did it! More Sensory-Friendly Shows in 2015!

unnamed2It was simply a stupendous night! Our Knights and Princesses Dream Ball family event was a rewarding success.  Not only was the event sold out, we exceeded our fundraising goal of $25,000 to benefit our Sensory-Friendly Initiatives!  The effort around the Ball netted an awesome $34,000 and there were many smiling faces and jubilant spirits enjoying the night’s festivities.

With little princesses and knights being the order of the day, attendees smiled DCT-Dream-Ball-020from ear to ear from start to finish.  Following the show, guests had the option of checking out the swordplay room or the princess pampering room, getting one-on-one time with each of the cast members and having the opportunity to pose on stage (not something we usually let showgoers do).  They were then treated to a royal dinner and a chance to make their own crowns.  There was also a wonderful unnamed5magician/puppeteer on hand from Amazing Attractions to entertain the little ones while the adults heard more about the effort they were supporting.  The night finished off with a Dream Ball dance led by DJ Sir Seth (one of DCT’s teaching artists.)  It was definitely a Very Fairy Tale!

 

The event was to raise funds so that DCT could produce three more sensory-friendly shows in 2015.  Why?   Children with different sensory needs and their IMG_0602families do attend our productions and many are involved with great success in our arts education programming.  Yet many parents do not bring their children with special needs to our productions because their children have a low tolerance for crowds, loud noises, darkness, flashing lights, and other similar sensory input.  The requirement to remain seated quietly for an extended period of time is very difficult for many children.  Often, because of these challenges, families IMG_0584that include a child with special needs don’t believe that the the world of theater is accessible to them.  We want to reverse that belief by making Dallas Children’s Theater an accepting and safe place for children with autism and other developmental and motor disabilities and their siblings.  When families have safe places in the community where they experience acceptance, such support can increase their optimism about their ability to manage their situation and their sense of control over the disability — two important assets that increase quality of life.

And because we achieved the goal, we can look forward to another year of shows for families who might not otherwise go out and enjoy live theater.  So for 2015, these families can look forward to the following three productions:

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Learn what sensory-friendly programming
at DCT means to our special families!

 


About DCT’s Sensory-Friendly Programming:

We are so pleased to be able to offer these specially-adapted plays for the enjoyment of those with sensory needs.  General production adaptations include leaving the house lights up a few levels higher than for a standard performance and reducing the sound level. We also offer a “Quiet Room” for children who need a break.  There will be some fun and engaging activities presented before the play as well.

Special thanks to all of the sponsors and supporters who have helped make these shows possible for 2014 and 2015.  It means more to these families than you could ever imagine!

Michael Young Family Foundation
Mickie & Jeff Bragalone
Ducky Bob’s
First Unitarian Church of Dallas
Sharron Hunt
The March Family Charitable Foundation
Melinda & Jim Johnson
The Kinsler Family
Diana & Tom Klein
Northern Trust
Showalter Family Foundation Fund of The Dallas Foundation
The Swords Family
Karen & Ken Travis
Charlene & Vernon Wells III
All Dream Ball Attendees
and
Communities Foundation of North Texas

 

HOW DCT AND THE ARTS NOURISH OUR CHILDREN

In honor of National Arts in Education Week , DCT and the arts have some incredible news for today’s children and parents.

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Check out the wealth of information available to us today about how arts feed the brain of our children! (excerpts below from ArtsBlog)

Arts instruction has long been used as a tool for reaching English Language Learners. In fact, the origins of the children’s theatre genre lie in the Settlement Houses of Chicago in the early Twentieth Century, where Jane Addams utilized theatre and poetry to help students learn English (this tradition can be seen today in the plethora of children’s books adapted for the stage.)….

….When done right, arts-integrated classroom learning moves way beyond enrichment. In the best case scenario, arts education is genuine, inquiry-based learning that requires students to think as well as make/do/create. Armed with clear-cut data, educators and arts advocates  have ample opportunities to engage diverse stakeholders  in approaches to more deeply engage students.

Continue reading the ArtsBlog article here

 

Your Financial Support Helps DCT Continue To Feed the Mind and Spirit of our Growing Children! Save the following link – SAVE

 

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MEET DCT’S FIRST BELIEVE CREATIVITY CONTEST WINNER – HAILEY

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Hailey Duggan, Age 7

It’s been so exciting to look through the winners of DCT’s BELIEVE Creativity Contest as we prepare the display for next season.  These young artists tackled the idea of believing in something wholeheartedly, and it is absolutely inspiring and has given us new insight on the power of imagination. Even those that were not selected as winners gave us a lot to think about.

Erin, age 11, said on her entry form that she “believes anything can happen and that all thing are possible.”

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Alyssa, age 11, said she believes mermaids could take us “on a journey to the deep sea of her imagination.”

Griselda, age 15, said she believes she can escape a harsh reality by riding her bike.

We will be celebrating these young artists all year, with the creations of 11 grand prize winners and 7 honorable mentions in display cases in DCT’s lobby.   Each will be honored individually at opening nights this season, and with the opening of Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, we will celebrate Hailey Duggan and her creation Princess Land.  Hailey is a seven-year-old, homeschooled second grader who believes everyone should have the chance to go explore new places.

When we received Hailey’s salt dough creation, we were impressed by her ingenious blending of materials and found objects, including a cutting board and toys. Hailey explains, “First I shaped it, then I put in the trees, bushes, castle, jewel path, and picnic ground. After it hardened, I painted it with grass, flowers, and streams, and I added a flag made of rubber bands.

Hailey said she got the idea to create Princess Land when she saw a picture of Walt Disney’s map design of Disneyland. We love hearing what inspires kids to create and always enjoy seeing where their creativity will take them.  Remember to check out our Fun to Do page to find activities your family can do together.

DCT Remembers Beloved Family, Longtime Volunteers

DCT is deeply saddened to hear recent news that a lovely family, who were longtime DCT volunteers, died in a tragic car wreck last Friday.

LeAnn Miller, her husband Mike and their children Zoey and Miles were beloved members of their local community. Actively involved in church and Scouts, the family also generously devoted their time and energy to making DCT audiences feel warmly welcomed.

“They had upbeat, positive personalities, always very pleasant and helpful to everyone,” recalls DCT Director of Ticketing and Patron Services Steve Jones who remembers frequently chatting with the family when they volunteered and came to see the shows. “I still remember LeAnn coming up to DCT even when she was pregnant with her son a few years ago. The Millers were a joy to the staff and to the patrons.”

During the past eight years, LeAnn, along with her daughter, and sometimes her husband as well, frequently served as volunteer ushers at DCT shows. The Miller family’s friendly, helpful demeanor made a great first impression of DCT for patrons as they entered the theater.

“I always could depend on the Millers. They seemed like very warm people,” said DCT Development Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator Wanda Roberson. “I could tell they so loved this theater. They really wanted to help and to make a difference.”

The contributions of the Miller family have made a tremendous impact on DCT and the 250,000 children and families who attend our shows each year. The loss of the Miller family is wide felt in our community, and they will be deeply missed.

A Special Day for Special Needs

This summer, I have had the privilege of participating in ExxonMobil’s Community Summer Jobs Program. As a participant, I have served as Dallas Children’s Theater’s Community Engagement Intern for the past two months. On Saturday, July 12th, I assisted with pre-show activities for DCT’s second ever sensory-friendly performance. It was such a joy to get to see each family’s excitement as they stepped into the theater, ready to see STUART LITTLE.

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Getting settled before the show!

For some families, this was their first time at the theater. Without sensory-friendly programming, children with special needs can be overwhelmed by theater productions. The bright lights and loud music that excite typically developing children can be unbearable to their peers with special needs. However, with reduced sound levels, the removal of loud effects, and the house lights on at a higher level than usual, parents finally felt comfortable bringing their children to the theater.

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Terry (bottom right) her caretaker (middle) and I (top left) at the coloring table

Terry was one of those first-timers. I got to know Terry a little as she and her caretaker hung out at the coloring table before the show. Terry loved coloring and found the pictures of Stuart on his various adventures to be quite entertaining. I soon discovered that Terry and her caretaker had only one rule, a rule to which they confessed to breaking frequently: “There is no having fun.” Anytime Terry would get tickled by a picture or something she saw happening around her, her caretaker would jokingly remind her – no having fun. This would only make Terry giggle more.

I loved getting to interact with Terry, as well as many other children with special needs, and getting to color alongside them while addressing any questions/concerns their parents may have had regarding the show. As the families took their seats and the show began, I not only noticed the sense of excitement that filled the room, but the sense of comfort the parents seemed to feel knowing that this theater was a judge-free zone. They knew there were staff and resources available if their child were to become upset or need a moment of quiet during the show.

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Just “clowning” around and having fun before the show!

We had the honor of welcoming Michael Young and his family to this sensory-friendly performance of STUART LITTLE as well. Michael and his family have supported the well-being of children for many years. Michael and his wife, Cristina Barbosa, explained that they make an effort to expose their kids to as many extracurricular activities as possible so that they can grow into well-rounded individuals. They believe exposure to the arts, in particular, is important for all children, not just their own.

When they learned about about DCT’s efforts to serve Autistic/special needs communities, they were excited to get involved and offer support. Michael shared, I think DCT’s efforts for the adaptive program are fantastic. As a parent, the last thing you want to see is any child, your own or somebody else’s, be underserved.  You want them to have the opportunity to enjoy the arts…I think it’s just really a fantastic initiative and we’re very happy to be a part of it.”

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Cristina Barbosa, Michael Young, and their two children, Emilio and Mateo, with Randall Scott Carpenter who played Stuart

After the show, DCT was excited to report that many families did take this opportunity to enjoy the arts. We had 338 attendants to the STUART LITTLE sensory-friendly performance!

Our third and last sensory-friendly performance for this calendar year will be taking the stage in October. For this upcoming show, reduced pricing will be raised from $5 per ticket to $10. However, $10 per ticket is still a reduced priced compared to our normal ticket prices. The reason for this increase is that DCT would like to continue sensory-friendly programming into next year and beyond. In order to do so, we must continue to raise the necessary funds that are essential for sustaining the program long term. It is hoped that with continued donations and grants, the theater will be able to hold at that price for years to come.  The response so far makes it clear that it is a program that meets needs, and we hope that the community continues to join with us in supporting the initiative. DCT has a wonderful vision to ultimately have dedicated classes for children with special needs and sees a major play production that integrates typically developing children with children with special needs. How awesome would that be?!

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Happy showgoers getting an autograph from Sky Williams who played Angie (and other characters) after the show.

On September 20th, DCT will be hosting a fairy-tale themed fundraiser, titled the Knights & Princesses Dream Ball. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards enabling DCT to produce three more sensory-friendly programs next year. We encourage families and children of all ages to join us for this royal event! For more information on our Knights & Princesses Dream Ball, go to http://tickets.dct.org/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=34110 .

We would like to thank the Young family again for supporting DCT as well as our many other community partners – Autism Speaks, the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at UT Southwestern, University of North Texas Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and the Health Science Center and the Autism Center, Children’s Medical Center and the Dallas Museum of Art – who have made our sensory-friendly programming possible!

Mark Your Calendars! Our next sensory friendly performance will be…

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hair Fairy Tale on October 11th at 4:30pm

 Tickets are $10 per person.

Single tickets for Rapunzel go on sale August 1

Call the Box Office at (214) 740-0051

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Written by Rachel Grammer, Community Engagement Intern
Hometown – Richardson, TX
Corporate Communications with minor in Spanish
University of Texas, Class of 2015

DCT PRESENTS – A SEASON YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!

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At Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT), we believe…in you!  Because of this, DCT announces an amazing roundup for the theater’s 31st season and encourages our young patrons to believe in worlds of imagination and possibility.  From fairy tales to heroic feats to everyday choices, DCT is a playground for children of all ages to become their own best selves and to achieve their dreams.

The 2014-2015 Season kicks off in September 2014 and continues through July 2015 with eleven productions, including regional and world premieres.  Believe in happy endings with the Dallas premiere of “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale.”  The world premiere musical of “Skippyjon Jones” by resident playwright Linda Daugherty and her composer sidekick/DCT alum Nick Martin will have you believing in the furthest reaches of your delightful imagination.  Veteran actor and DCT favorite Karl Schaeffer learns to believe in friendship as the star of the regional premiere of “Balloonacy,” a charming and silly show about a man and a balloon.  You’ll believe in heroes with the regional premiere of “Jackie & Me,” by traveling back in time with a young boy to meet baseball’s legend, Jackie Robinson.

And since DCT always believes in family and adventures, you can count on the return of blockbuster favorites, holiday magic and colorful stage adaptations of beloved books such as “Miracle on 34th Street,” “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts, “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” by DCT’s National Tour, and more.

 2014 SEASON INFORMATION

RAPUNZEL! RAPUNZEL! A VERY HAIRY FAIRY TALE

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Book, Music, & Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman

September 19 – October 26, 2014

 

In this hilarious musical take on the classic fairy tale, Princess Rapunzel must find a way to escape from the wicked (and wickedly fabulous) Lady Za Za. Thankfully, the handsome Sir Roderick is ready to help Rapunzel take her rightful place as ruler of the kingdom. A wise old dragon, a hairstylist named Edgar, and a mysterious gypsy woman round out this goofy cast of characters. Let down your hair!

 

TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
Based on the movie by George Romero and John Russo

Adapted for the stage by Lori Allen Ohm
October 17 – 31, 2014


They’re back…they’re dead…and they’re hungry….The cult classic returns to the DCT stage!  Radiation from a fallen satellite transforms the dead into flesh-eating zombies, and no one is safe. It’s the 1968 black and white, B-movie horror classic brought to life (figuratively speaking)! Full of thrills, chills, and dark satire.  

 

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Scripted Dialogue, Musical Arrangements, & Music Performance by B. Wolf

November 21 – December 21, 2014

 

Join Frosty, Santa, and their friends for an all-new revue that blends a variety of musical and puppetry styles. In the magical world of Kathy Burks’ celebrated troupe, ornaments spring to life and dance along to carols, kittens frolic under the Christmas tree, and angels dance in the snow. Celebrate the spirit of the season!


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MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

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Based on the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture

Adapted from the novel by Mountain Community Theater

November 21 – December 21, 2014

 

Based on the beloved film and novel, this is a nostalgic holiday treat for the whole family! A single mother and her young daughter, Susan, have given up on Christmas… until they meet a mysterious gentleman at Macy’s claiming to be Santa Claus. This jolly Kris Kringle brings them hope and unleashes waves of goodwill throughout New York City. Could he be the real Santa Claus?

 

SEASON SPECIAL

LONE STAR CIRCUS’®

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December 27, 2014 – January 4, 2015

 

Back by popular demand! Ring in the New Year with an unforgettable circus extravaganza featuring an international cast of acrobats, aerialists, hand balancers, jugglers, clowns, and more. Produced by the award-winning Lone Star Circus, this sensational and joyous circus spectacular is a holiday tradition enjoyed by the whole family.

 

World Premiere

SKIPPYJON JONES

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Music & Lyrics by Nick Martin

Adapted from the book by Judy Schachner 

January 23 – February 22, 2015

 

Be among the first audiences to enjoy this brand new musical adaption of Judy Schachner’s beloved book! Skippyjon Jones is a rambunctious Siamese kitten with big ears and an even bigger imagination. When his loving but exasperated mother puts Skippyjon in time-out, he starts to daydream. His imagination takes him far, far away to Mexico, where he pretends that he is a swashbuckling Chihuahua named Skippito Friskito. This silly, sweet tale celebrates the power of imagination. As Skippyjon would say… mucho fun!


TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT

TEEN BRAIN: THE MUSICAL

Book by Linda Daugherty

Music & Lyrics by Nick Martin

February 20 – March 1, 2015

 

This energetic musical follows a day in the life of eight young people as they navigate the rough waters of high school. With fast-paced, witty dialogue and original songs like “Like Me, Like Me,” an ode to social media, and “When I Was Small,” a winsome reflection of the simplicity of childhood, DCT resident playwright Linda Daugherty and composer Nick Martin capture the complexities of the modern adolescent experience. An honest, powerful look at the inner workings of the mysterious teenage brain.


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Based on the book by Beatrix Potter

Adapted for the stage by B. Wolf

March 13 – April 5, 2015

 

Back by popular demand! The musical adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s beloved rabbit tale lavishly blends puppetry and live acting on the Baker Theater’s stage. Peter Rabbit’s mother warned her children not to go into Mr. McGregor’s garden, lest they get baked into a pie like their father. When she leaves the burrow, curiosity gets the best of little Peter, and he visits the garden. Will he escape the fate of his father and find the way back to the safety and warmth of his home?  Fall in love again with this cozy tale of everyone’s favorite naughty bunny.


BALLOONACY

By Barry Kornhauser

April 10 – 19, 2015 

 

Our youngest audiences will enjoy this award-winning story of a lonely old man (played by DCT’s own Karl Schaeffer) and his friendship with a balloon. The old man is set in his solitary ways until a red balloon blows through his window and insists on becoming his friend. Sweet, inventive and packed with physical comedy, this play shows how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship is everywhere. 


JACKIE & ME

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Based on the book by Dan Gutman

May 1–17, 2015

 

Like many other 10-year-old boys, Joey Stoshak is crazy about baseball. Unlike his peers, Joey has a knack for time travel. When Joey is assigned to write a report on an African American hero, he uses his special ability to go to 1947 Brooklyn and meet Jackie Robinson. When his trip back in time unexpectedly changes the color of Joey’s skin, he is forced to face harsh truths about prejudice and discrimination. Adapted from the popular series of young adult novels by Dan Gutman, this powerful play explores what Jackie Robinson can teach us about the true nature of heroism.


DCT’s National Touring Production

THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

Lyrics by Timothy Allen McDonald, Jonathan K. Waller

Music by David Weinstein, Jonathan K. Waller,

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Based on the book FLAT STANLEY by Jeff Brown

June 19 – July 12, 2015

 

DCT’s National Tour production is back from a whirlwind musical travelogue across the United States!  Stanley is a normal 10-year-old boy—too normal, if you ask him. His wish for adventure is granted when a bulletin board flattens Stanley, enabling him to mail himself all around the world! Stanley—the ultimate exchange student—scours the globe, visiting Paris, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and more! In this heartwarming musical adventure, Stanley learns that there is no place like home.

 

Believe with us in 2014-2015!  Season subscriptions to DCT’s 2014-2015 Season will be available on May 5th.  Interested subscribers can purchase a package of four or more shows online at www.dct.org or by calling 214-740-0051, and are encouraged to do so early as the season is sure to sellout.  As always, DCT’s subscribers enjoy the lowest prices.