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Finding Your Way Home: “If I knew then what I know now…” – Part 3 of 3

How many times have you thought to yourself, “If I knew then what I know now…”? If only we could know certain rules to live by when we were kids! Unfortunately that’s not how we’re designed; it’s not how life is designed. We should’ve listened to our folks, right, or all the grownups who tried to give us advice. Why didn’t we believe them? Because that is easier said than done, too.

DCT’s staff went through exercises in which we channeled our younger selves.  Using some of the characters from this season, here’s a kid-friendly list of some of the things we’d say to our four-year old self today.  Can you relate?

  1. When you feel goosebumps coming on, chill out and let it happen. It usually means something exciting is around the corner!
  2. Speaking of chilling out, if your attitude gets frosty remember to be your silly self and laugh it out.
  3. It’s okay if you always miss the football when you try to kick it like Charlie Brown, just remember not everyone is good at games and be a good sport.
  4. It’s weird to eat a cupcake, a sausage, and a slice of watermelon in one meal like the Hungry Caterpillar, but no one will think you’re weird when you fly away as a butterfly!
  5. When you find out you have ancestral connection to the bluebonnet, be proud and uninhibited about your heritage.
  6. Your friends at school all have favorite colors, from yellow to purple to blue, but the things that are most important are all the same.
  7. In scouts, we learn to always be prepared for phantoms, pirates, and even ice-skating snowmen!
  8. When you’re faced with something weird like a rebel dog pilot, a jungle of talking animals, or a grandmother with no WiFi, sometimes you have to suck it up and deal.
  9. You might think sending 100 text messages a day makes you bubbly and personable, but it just keeps people from knowing the real you.
  10. If you find yourself on a pirate ship, in a Christmas pageant, or swinging from the trees, always remember home is never far away and all will be okay.

At the end of the day, we all want to end up safe in our beds at home.  Still, there is a lot of adventure to be found outside your house, right here at DCT. Through our plays, there are great escapes, adventures on land and sea, and lessons to be learned from even little critters.  We look forward to seeing you at the theater in 2018!

 

Sherry Ward is a mother, actor, and writer based in D-FW.

 

 

 

 

To learn more about DCT shows or to purchase tickets, go to dct.org/plays


Great shows still to come…

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller

Produced in association with Rockefeller Productions

Based on four Eric Carle books

 

January 19 – February 25, 2018

Enjoyed by all ages

The illustrations of beloved children’s author Eric Carle leap from the page to the stage in a display of color and artistry like you’ve never seen before in this Southwest premiere. Visit the worlds of The Artist Who Painted a Blue HorseMister SeahorseThe Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. DCT audiences are among the first to experience the larger-than-life world of 75 loveable puppets that will delight and captivate people of all ages. An Off-Broadway and London hit!

 

SEASON SPECIAL

TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT

SCREEN PLAY

By Linda Daugherty

 

 

February 9 – February 18, 2018

Not suitable for children under 12

Fact: More than 50% of teens admit that they are addicted to their phones. They’re plugged in and often tuned out. In her new play, Linda Daugherty, DCT’s award-winning playwright-in-residence, explores the blurry lines between real life and life online. Cyber-bullying, explicit content and screen addiction impact the lives of a group of teens, leading to tragic consequences.

 

YANA WANA’S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET

By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and María F. Rocha

Music by Héctor Martinez Morales

Co-Produced with Cara Mía Theatre Company

 

March 23 – April 8, 2018

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Ten-year-old María is having trouble in school, so her mom sends her to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in distant Laredo for discipline and perspective. There, María is told an ancient story of young Yana Wana who followed a revered deer to find water to save her people. Yana Wana’s story exposes ​an amazing and unknown ancestral connection to the bluebonnet that gives María a renewed sense of self and family pride. You may have read one version in school; now we invite you to come see the legend through the eyes of Yana Wana in this world premiere. A beautiful, original play that illustrates the power of heritage and the value of one’s own story – especially one as ancient as the petroglyphs of Texas.

 

SEASON SPECIAL

BLUE

By Annie Cusick Wood

 

 

 

April 21 – May 6, 2018

Recommended for squirmy toddlers and their families

Dallas Children’s Theater is proud to be part of the national effort to introduce more toddler-friendly theater experiences. A growing body of research speaks to the benefits of theater for the very young. BLUE is returning as part of this initiative while additional new works for these audiences continue to be developed.

Pale Blue and Inky Blue are very happy in their blueness. When a red sock enters their kitchen, Pale and Inky AND the audience are surprised by the way their world is turned upside down. This play introduces the idea of acceptance in an age-appropriate, soft-hearted theatrical experience. It is filled with fun, humor, and whimsy—and at the end of the show, you will be too!

 

JUNGALBOOK

An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stories

By Edward Mast

 

May 4 – May 26, 2018

Recommended for ages 5 and up

See Kipling’s original 1894 coming of age tale brought to the stage, and join Mowgli in learning the moral lessons of home, betrayal, life and death, and loyalty. Mowgli lives in the jungle surrounded by panthers, bears, wolves, snakes, and tigers. They are his protectors, and he believes he is one of them. When Mowgli comes face to face with a fearsome tiger, he is forced to choose between his bond with the jungle and the reality of his humanness. This classic story of the struggle for survival and a place that feels like home will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

 

DCT’s NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION

HOW I BECAME A PIRATE

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

Based on the book by Melinda Long

Illustrations by David Shannon

June 15 – July 8, 2018

Recommended for ages 4 and up

Ahoy matey! It’s time to sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion with Jeremy Jacobs and his new pirate friends. On board the ship, Jeremy travels to new worlds while learning the rules of pirate life, and searches for a place to bury their treasure. But it isn’t long before he misses his family and yearns for someone to tuck him in at night back home. A story of adventure and finding one’s own heart—a path that can’t be found on any map!

Finding The Way Home: What We Remember Most – Part 2 of 3

We’ve already admitted it’s sometimes really hard and sometimes remarkably fun to be a kid. When the DCT team was asked what they remembered most about their childhood, there was a wide variety of responses, but we’re guessing they are not too different from what you remember, or what your kids may be experiencing now.

Do you remember your first phone number? Yeah, we all did too. But you’re still special.

In looking over the notes from what we remember, many of the responses were about our first taste of independence: walking to school by ourselves, going to kindergarten, and buying our own ice cream from the ice cream man. There was even one that remembered a ditch with alligators – and he wasn’t even a pirate like Jeremy and his pirate friends!

We have lots of plays that include that taste of independence, from a boy swinging from the trees in JUNGALBOOK to a caterpillar making its way to becoming a butterfly in THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW.

Many remembered their love of reading, and we have several plays that originated as books like HOW I BECAME A PIRATE. Lots of us mentioned family vacations, grandparents, and even getting in trouble. Each of these could apply to María in YANA WANA’S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET, who reluctantly had to spend time without WiFi and learn about her family’s heritage, ultimately giving her a sense of herself and family pride.

Of course, there were some more lighthearted memories like sleepovers, catching lightning bugs, and getting gold stars for a job well-done.  There were also memories of moving, changing schools, losing friends, and some of the more tainted memories from our childhoods. All kids face challenges, and DCT doesn’t shy away from those. We like to choose shows that make all of those connections with you and your kids. After all, part of finding your way home includes encountering problems and overcoming mistakes with the help of family and friends.

In 2018, we hope you’ll resolve to experience one or two of these wonderful plays at DCT, and that the outing will strike a chord with one of your memories. Even more so, we hope to create a lasting memory for your kids as they seek out what home means to them.

Our final idea to share was one we’ve all thought about: “If I knew then what I know now….” Don’t miss it, coming soon!

 

Sherry Ward is a mother, actor, and writer based in D-FW.

 

 

 

 

To learn more about DCT shows or to purchase tickets, go to dct.org/plays


Great shows still to come…

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller

Produced in association with Rockefeller Productions

Based on four Eric Carle books

 

January 19 – February 25, 2018

Enjoyed by all ages

The illustrations of beloved children’s author Eric Carle leap from the page to the stage in a display of color and artistry like you’ve never seen before in this Southwest premiere. Visit the worlds of The Artist Who Painted a Blue HorseMister SeahorseThe Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. DCT audiences are among the first to experience the larger-than-life world of 75 loveable puppets that will delight and captivate people of all ages. An Off-Broadway and London hit!

 

SEASON SPECIAL

TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT

SCREEN PLAY

By Linda Daugherty

 

 

February 9 – February 18, 2018

Not suitable for children under 12

Fact: More than 50% of teens admit that they are addicted to their phones. They’re plugged in and often tuned out. In her new play, Linda Daugherty, DCT’s award-winning playwright-in-residence, explores the blurry lines between real life and life online. Cyber-bullying, explicit content and screen addiction impact the lives of a group of teens, leading to tragic consequences.

 

YANA WANA’S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET

By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and María F. Rocha

Music by Héctor Martinez Morales

Co-Produced with Cara Mía Theatre Company

 

March 23 – April 8, 2018

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Ten-year-old María is having trouble in school, so her mom sends her to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in distant Laredo for discipline and perspective. There, María is told an ancient story of young Yana Wana who followed a revered deer to find water to save her people. Yana Wana’s story exposes ​an amazing and unknown ancestral connection to the bluebonnet that gives María a renewed sense of self and family pride. You may have read one version in school; now we invite you to come see the legend through the eyes of Yana Wana in this world premiere. A beautiful, original play that illustrates the power of heritage and the value of one’s own story – especially one as ancient as the petroglyphs of Texas.

 

SEASON SPECIAL

BLUE

By Annie Cusick Wood

 

 

 

April 21 – May 6, 2018

Recommended for squirmy toddlers and their families

Dallas Children’s Theater is proud to be part of the national effort to introduce more toddler-friendly theater experiences. A growing body of research speaks to the benefits of theater for the very young. BLUE is returning as part of this initiative while additional new works for these audiences continue to be developed.

Pale Blue and Inky Blue are very happy in their blueness. When a red sock enters their kitchen, Pale and Inky AND the audience are surprised by the way their world is turned upside down. This play introduces the idea of acceptance in an age-appropriate, soft-hearted theatrical experience. It is filled with fun, humor, and whimsy—and at the end of the show, you will be too!

 

JUNGALBOOK

An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stories

By Edward Mast

 

May 4 – May 26, 2018

Recommended for ages 5 and up

See Kipling’s original 1894 coming of age tale brought to the stage, and join Mowgli in learning the moral lessons of home, betrayal, life and death, and loyalty. Mowgli lives in the jungle surrounded by panthers, bears, wolves, snakes, and tigers. They are his protectors, and he believes he is one of them. When Mowgli comes face to face with a fearsome tiger, he is forced to choose between his bond with the jungle and the reality of his humanness. This classic story of the struggle for survival and a place that feels like home will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

 

DCT’s NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION

HOW I BECAME A PIRATE

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

Based on the book by Melinda Long

Illustrations by David Shannon

June 15 – July 8, 2018

Recommended for ages 4 and up

Ahoy matey! It’s time to sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion with Jeremy Jacobs and his new pirate friends. On board the ship, Jeremy travels to new worlds while learning the rules of pirate life, and searches for a place to bury their treasure. But it isn’t long before he misses his family and yearns for someone to tuck him in at night back home. A story of adventure and finding one’s own heart—a path that can’t be found on any map!

Finding The Way Home: Remembering Our Young Selves – A Three-Part Series

Whenever my kids are having a hard time at school or even while we’re out shopping, I get the same plea: “I wanna go home!” As annoying as that can be sometimes, it’s reassuring to know that home is a safe place, a place to go when they’re weary or sad. In choosing our theme for this season, we wanted to communicate that DCT is a place where kids and their families can feel at home.   It is also a place that nurtures children as they seek to discover things about themselves.  These wonderful plays and class experiences really spark something in young people in a way nothing else can.

It’s hard being a kid. That’s probably not a surprise to anyone who knows a kid, or for that matter, for anyone who has ever been a kid. We don’t have all the answers to every kid problem here at DCT, but our staff is dedicated to maintaining our connection to what it’s like to be a kid. In fact, this year as we were discussing our 2017-18 season, we spent a lot of time talking about our childhoods – our memories, how we would describe ourselves, and even the things that made our lives stink.  Yeah, that’s seriously part of our jobs. And I’m going to share what we talked about.

Our first challenge was to remember our 4-8 year-old selves. Whoa, that was a long time ago! We always talk about that being an impressionable time for kids, but you really experience how impressionable it is when you see how quickly a group of adults are hit with vivid feelings and memories.

For some of us, it immediately ignited our imaginations as we remembered a high-spirited, rambunctious kid with good friends and bubbly personalities. But some of us reluctantly shared memories of an awkward, high-strung kid.

We talked about characters we relate to from our season of shows. You know, some of us are Charlie Browns and some of us are obviously Lucys. Some of us are swashbucklers like the characters in HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, and some of us build a cocoon like the hungry caterpillar.

Of course, some of us learn our life lessons at a young age like María in YANA WANA’S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET who was struggling with her identity until she had an unexpected visit that changed her world.  Then there is Mowgli in JUNGALBOOK who literally has to choose between the wild boy he had become with his animal friends and the reality of his humanness. Which was his true home?

One of our staff members mentioned having to move many times and having to change homes. This is stressful for a kid. We all want home to be a place where we feel settled and safe, and we realize that is not always feasible. We found that our plays represent that challenge to find home – not just the house but the feeling of security with our family, and who we really are as people.

It’s this discussion that led us to our theme of Finding the Way Home, and we hope that your family will join us in 2018 to further explore what home is for you.  We know that experiencing a play with a young child can provide some of the best bonding  time available, and we’re just betting that your kids would love to hear about what YOU were like in those young years!   So tell us, Lucy or Charlie Brown?

Our next question was “What I Remember Most,” so I’ll share those secrets soon. It turns out we were pretty interesting kids, just like yours.

 

Sherry Ward is a mother, actor, and writer based in D-FW.

 

 

 

 

To learn more about DCT shows or to purchase tickets, go to dct.org/plays.


Great shows still to come…

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller

Produced in association with Rockefeller Productions

Based on four Eric Carle books

 

January 19 – February 25, 2018

Enjoyed by all ages

The illustrations of beloved children’s author Eric Carle leap from the page to the stage in a display of color and artistry like you’ve never seen before in this Southwest premiere. Visit the worlds of The Artist Who Painted a Blue HorseMister SeahorseThe Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. DCT audiences are among the first to experience the larger-than-life world of 75 loveable puppets that will delight and captivate people of all ages. An Off-Broadway and London hit!

 

SEASON SPECIAL

TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT

SCREEN PLAY

By Linda Daugherty

 

 

February 9 – February 18, 2018

Not suitable for children under 12

Fact: More than 50% of teens admit that they are addicted to their phones. They’re plugged in and often tuned out. In her new play, Linda Daugherty, DCT’s award-winning playwright-in-residence, explores the blurry lines between real life and life online. Cyber-bullying, explicit content and screen addiction impact the lives of a group of teens, leading to tragic consequences.

 

YANA WANA’S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET

By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and María F. Rocha

Music by Héctor Martinez Morales

Co-Produced with Cara Mía Theatre Company

 

March 23 – April 8, 2018

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Ten-year-old María is having trouble in school, so her mom sends her to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in distant Laredo for discipline and perspective. There, María is told an ancient story of young Yana Wana who followed a revered deer to find water to save her people. Yana Wana’s story exposes ​an amazing and unknown ancestral connection to the bluebonnet that gives María a renewed sense of self and family pride. You may have read one version in school; now we invite you to come see the legend through the eyes of Yana Wana in this world premiere. A beautiful, original play that illustrates the power of heritage and the value of one’s own story – especially one as ancient as the petroglyphs of Texas.

 

SEASON SPECIAL

BLUE

By Annie Cusick Wood

 

 

 

April 21 – May 6, 2018

Recommended for squirmy toddlers and their families

Dallas Children’s Theater is proud to be part of the national effort to introduce more toddler-friendly theater experiences. A growing body of research speaks to the benefits of theater for the very young. BLUE is returning as part of this initiative while additional new works for these audiences continue to be developed.

Pale Blue and Inky Blue are very happy in their blueness. When a red sock enters their kitchen, Pale and Inky AND the audience are surprised by the way their world is turned upside down. This play introduces the idea of acceptance in an age-appropriate, soft-hearted theatrical experience. It is filled with fun, humor, and whimsy—and at the end of the show, you will be too!

 

JUNGALBOOK

An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stories

By Edward Mast

 

May 4 – May 26, 2018

Recommended for ages 5 and up

See Kipling’s original 1894 coming of age tale brought to the stage, and join Mowgli in learning the moral lessons of home, betrayal, life and death, and loyalty. Mowgli lives in the jungle surrounded by panthers, bears, wolves, snakes, and tigers. They are his protectors, and he believes he is one of them. When Mowgli comes face to face with a fearsome tiger, he is forced to choose between his bond with the jungle and the reality of his humanness. This classic story of the struggle for survival and a place that feels like home will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

 

DCT’s NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION

HOW I BECAME A PIRATE

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

Based on the book by Melinda Long

Illustrations by David Shannon

June 15 – July 8, 2018

Recommended for ages 4 and up

Ahoy matey! It’s time to sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion with Jeremy Jacobs and his new pirate friends. On board the ship, Jeremy travels to new worlds while learning the rules of pirate life, and searches for a place to bury their treasure. But it isn’t long before he misses his family and yearns for someone to tuck him in at night back home. A story of adventure and finding one’s own heart—a path that can’t be found on any map!

Celebrating 45 Years of Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts

Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts began as way for one family to spend time together and expand their knowledge of performing arts. When Kathy enrolled her children, Doug and Becky, for lessons in puppeteering, their great adventure began. 45 years later, we celebrate Kathy and the troupe’s significant contribution to the arts in Dallas.

1971 – Kathy Burks purchased a collection of more than 1,000 antique marionette puppets.

1973 – Kathy Burks Marionettes (KBM) was established as an official theater company. This same year, Ms. Burks’ company was commissioned to produce and perform a show at the State Fair of Texas for Dr. Pepper and later the Texas Department of Agriculture.

1976 – KBM opened the Haymarket Theater in Olla Podrida. Ms. Burks later co-founded The Haymarket Theatre Company, a professional organization dedicated to bolstering Dallas’ artists, and producing new and original works of theater, puppetry and music. That same year, the Dallas Bicentennial Committee commissioned KBM to produce and perform a special touring show for the bicentennial year called Stars And Stripes, for which Ms. Burks received the Spirit of ’76 Award.

1983 – KBM moved into a new home at Withers Elementary School, where they began exploring new types of puppetry including their now-famous black theater rod puppetry.

1985 – Ms. Burks collaborated with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on a concert for Dallas-area students called Til Eulenspiegel And His Merry Pranks.

1988 – KBM produced an award-winning TV pilot for children called Discovery Outpost.

1991 – KBM headlined at the Puppeteers of America National Festival, performing BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and a musical review for an audience of artists from around the world.

1994 – KBM (now called Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts) produced a segment about what it’s like to be a puppeteer for Barney & Friends.

1996 – Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts (KBTPA) began presenting and collaborating on original puppet plays as part of DCT’s regular season.

Kathy Burks with DCT Executive Artistic Director Robyn Flatt and one of the Velveteen Rabbit puppets.

2005 – Ms. Burks created Kathy Burks World of Puppets for Six Flags Over Texas.

2017 – To date, KBTPA has created 30 original shows and performed for more than 400,000 people at DCT.

 

Bringing a holiday classic to Dallas: Meet the Cast of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Fans of all ages will enjoy Christmastime with the Peanuts Gang: Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, Pig Pen, and more! Discover the true reason for the season at a performance of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS.

And now, meet the cast bringing you memories all throughout the holidays.

 

SARAH FAYE BEARD**
(Sally)
Sarah Faye Beard is thrilled to be reprising her role of Sally Brown at DCT in A Charlie Brown Christmas for the second year in a row! National Tour: Pinkalicious The Musical (Pinkalicious) at Vital Theatre Company. Favorite Regional Credits: Mamma Mia! (Ali) with Ogunquit Playhouse & Gateway Playhouse, Heathers The Musical (Young Republicanette) with TUTS, A Christmas Carol (Ghost, Belle u/s) with ZACH Theatre, Legally Blonde The Musical (Elle Woods) with Baylor Theatre, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Mersister, Ariel u/s) with La Comedia. All the thanks in the world to my parents, siblings, BB, & Jesus. Follow me: @sayfaybeard.

 

RACHEL CLO**
(Violet)
Rachel Clo is thrilled to reprise her role of Violet this Christmas! Other DCT credits include Miracle on 34th Street (2014/2015), James and the Giant Peach, and most recently, Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium (Anna). She has also worked with L.I.P. Service, MainStage Irving-Las Colinas, and Plano Children’s Theatre. When she isn’t acting, Rachel teaches at Rockwall Dance Academy.

 

CHRISTOPHER CURTIS*
(Charlie Brown)
Christopher is very happy to return to Dallas Children’s Theater this year to reprise the role of Charlie Brown! DCT audiences might also remember him in Seussical™ (Horton the Elephant) or from A Year With Frog and Toad (Frog). Other recent work in the DFW area includes roles in La Cage Aux Folles, Titanic, End of the Rainbow, and Catch Me If You Can all at Uptown Players; as well as numerous other productions at Shakespeare Dallas, Circle Theatre, Theatre Three, Pegasus Theatre, and Lyric Stage.

 

PETER DiCESARE
(Shermy)
Peter is grateful to be making his debut at DCT and to be working with such a wonderful creative team. Credits include: Anything Goes (Steward) at Lyric Stage, Merton of the Movies (Merton) at MainStreet Musicals, Facing East (Andrew) in the Dallas Premier & London Concerts, A Flea In Her Ear (Camille) and How to Succeed… (Bud Frump) at MainStage Irving-Las Colinas, Urinetown (Mr. McQueen) at Theatre Arlington, She Loves Me (The Waiter) at Stage West, Hello Again (Young Thing) and The Producers (Carmen Ghia) at Uptown Players. Peter is a proud graduate of Texas Christian University.

 

PARKER FITZGERALD
(Linus)
Noted roles include Seussical™ (Wickersham brother) at Dallas Children’s Theater, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Kev) at Theatre Three, Big River (Huck Finn) at Theatre Arlington, Waiting for Lefty (Sid) with Upstart Productions, Beautiful Thing (STE) with Uptown Players, Miss Evers Boys (Dr. Douglas) with African American Repertory Theatre, Two Rooms (Walker) at Runway Theatre, and Cabaret (the Emcee) at Texas Wesleyan University. He has toured twice with Casa Mañana’s Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells, and twice with Wishing Star Production’s Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer: The Musical. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Theatre Arlington and a company member of Upstart Productions.

 

STEPH GARRETT*
(Snoopy)
Steph is thrilled to reprise her role as Snoopy this holiday season! Other DCT credits include: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane; Seussical™; The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts), Charlotte’s Web; Go, Dog. Go!; A Wrinkle in Time; Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat; and Goodnight Moon. Additional credits include: Pride and Prejudice at WaterTower Theatre, Avenue Q at CityRep OKC, Faust at The Drama Club, The Great Dictator at the FIT Fest, and Waiting for Lefty and Year of the Rooster at Upstart Productions. For upcoming projects and more information visit: www.StephGarrett.com.

 

JORI JACKSON**
(Frieda)
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 for her third Christmas! Her most recent stage work with DCT has been Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium (Cami), James and the Giant Peach (Miss Spider), and Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook (That Grace). Her other DCT performance credits include: Miracle on 34th Street (Finley), Fancy Nancy: The Musical (Bree), and Jackie & Me (Rachel). Additional performance credits include: The Soul Rep Theatre’s New Play Festival: Southside Stories, Kitchen Dog Theater’s 3rd and 4th annual One Minute Play Festival and 2016 New Works Play Festival, Memphis (dance ensemble) at Theatre Three, Where Earth Meets The Sky (Born at Dawn) at Cara Mía Theatre Co., and Aida (dance ensemble) at Uptown Players. Much love to my family and friends. Xoxo.

 

JOHNNY LEE*
(Schroeder)
Johnny is glad to be back for his ninth show with DCT! He is an actor – singer – composer and has performed all over the USA, Canada and Europe, but happily calls Dallas, Texas his home. Recent credits include NATIONAL TOUR: The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (Stanley). REGIONAL: (TX) The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Edward/The Musician) at Dallas Children’s Theater, The Human Comedy (Homer Macaulay) and Titanic (Frederick Fleet) at Lyric Stage, The Cotton Patch Gospel (Rock) at Theatre Three, and Big River (ensemble) at (OK) Lyric Theater. To keep up with and see more of Johnny’s work, visit his website (www.johnnylee.me). Proud member of Actors’ Equity. Instagram: @johnnyleeisme.

 

CADDO LINDSEY
(Pig Pen)
Caddo is thrilled to be making his debut with Dallas Children’s Theater. He recently debuted with Shakespeare Dallas in their production of The Merry Wives of Windsor (Rugby). Caddo is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he earned his BA in Theatre Performance.

 

 

BRETT WARNER*
(Lucy)
Brett most recently appeared at DCT in Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook, A Charlie Brown Christmas (2016; Lucy), and Seussical™ (Mayzie LaBird). Other regional appearances include Seussical Jr., The Three Little Pigs, Frosty the Snowman, and Pinkalicious at Casa Mañana; The Nance, The Boy From Oz, and Soho Cinders at Uptown Players; Fix Me, Jesus and Hot Mikado at Theatre Three; The Human Comedy at Lyric Stage; Fellowship! at Circle Theatre; and The Rivals at Stage West. Brett and her three Snoopy wannabes live in Fort Worth.

 

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS runs now through Dec. 23. Tickets on sale at dct.org.

 

Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District is the Title Sponsor for A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS.

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Spirited Actors for a Spirited Musical: Meet the Cast of FROSTY & FRIENDS

Kathy Burks’ celebrated troupe melts hearts with FROSTY & FRIENDS. In this endearing tale, a lonely frozen figure named Frosty hopes to make a difference during the season of giving. While searching for his own ways to help Santa, Frosty meets a kind snowy owl and a friendly reindeer who are happy to spend their cold winter days with his gentle soul.

Now, meet the puppeteers and voice actors behind the magic!

 

KATHY BURKS
(Voice Characterization)
Kathy is a native Dallasite who has been involved continuously in the Metroplex arts scene as a musician, actress and theatrical producer. In 1976, she established the Haymarket Theatre in Olla Podrida, where she produced numerous plays and puppet presentations through 1982. She first brought her acclaimed production of The Nutcracker to DCT in 1996 and followed that the next season with Not a Creature Was Stirring. Later, she added Hoot Owl Hootenanny, The Frog Prince, Rumpelstiltskin, Winnie the Pooh, Carnival of the Animals, and The House at Pooh Corner to her DCT repertoire. Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts, founded in 1973, continues to be a dynamic and beloved force in the artistic community of the Metroplex, and a valued member of the DCT Family. You may also remember Kathy Burks World of Puppets, which produced shows at Six Flags Over Texas.

 

DOUGLASS BURKS
(Puppeteer / Voice Characterization)
A veteran of Dallas area theater, Mr. Burks has worked with Dallas Children’s Theater for many years as an actor, stage manager, sound designer, and director. He is a founding member of the nationally acclaimed Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts (KBTPA) and has earned the distinction of Master Puppeteer. His directing credits for KBTPA are numerous and include Carnival of the Animals, The House at Pooh Corner, Hansel and Gretel, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Snow Queen, Frosty & Friends, and Hoot Owl Hootenanny. Other directing credits include The Hound of the Baskervilles for Eastfield College and DCT’s national tour of Young King Arthur. A popular actor with DCT audiences, Doug will be remembered for his many appearances on the DCT stage, which include The Giver (The Giver), Goodnight Moon (Larry the Tooth Fairy),James and the Giant Peach (Old Grasshopper), Peter Pan (Captain Hook), Young King Arthur (Merlin), The Emperor’s New Clothes (the Emperor), The Mummy’s Claw (Sir Nevil Blore), Jungalbook (Baloo), Holes (Mr. Sir), and Treasure Island (Long John Silver). He also portrayed the title characters in Frankenstein, The Reluctant Dragon, and The Canterville Ghost. In the 2015-2016 season, he directed DCT’s National Touring Production of The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). 

 

SALLY FIORELLO
(Puppeteer / Voice Characterization)
Sally joined the artistic staff of Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts in 1973. Since then, she has earned the distinction of Master Puppeteer and serves as the company’s technical director and senior production designer. Her credits as a puppeteer, character voice and designer are numerous and include The Nutcracker, Not a Creature was Stirring, The Frog Prince, Carnival of the Animals, Hansel and Gretel, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Snow Queen, Young King Arthur, Beauty and the Beast, and Frosty & Friends. Sally has also appeared in other DCT productions including The Miracle Worker (Aunt Ev); Bless Cricket, Crest Toothpaste & Tommy Tune (Gran); The Velveteen Rabbit (Mistress, the Monkey); The Neverending Story (Urgl); and hard 2 spel dad (Mrs. Donahue). Her other professional credits include production designs for numerous local theater companies and lighting for the off Broadway touring production of Patio/Porch. When not onstage, she proudly serves as Producing Director of National Tours for DCT. Ms. Fiorello is a recipient of the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Award.

 

BECKY BURKS KEENAN  
(Puppeteer / Voice Characterization)
Becky is a founding member of the original troupe of Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts. At 10 years of age, she began to learn the skills of puppetry, and later earned the status of Master Puppeteer. A mother of four and now proud grandmother of one, she continues creating voice characterizations and performing as a puppeteer for numerous Kathy Burks productions seen at DCT. Among her many puppet roles, Becky has created voices in The Snow Queen(The Princess), The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Peter), Hansel and Gretel (the Ginger Witch), The House at Pooh Corner (Piglet), Young King Arthur (the Dragon), and Beauty and the Beast (Joy). She has also performed at Six Flags Over Texas with Kathy Burks World of Puppets in Sara Jane Armadillo Superstar and Santa’s Wonderland.

 

TRISH LONG
(Puppeteer)
In 1981 Trish joined the staff of Kathy Burks Marionettes and the Haymarket Theatre Company. She is a Master Puppeteer, an actor, and a designer. At DCT she has created voice characterizations in The Snow Queen (Kay), The Nutcracker (Fritz), The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Cotton-tail), and Beauty and the Beast (Hope). She has puppeteered productions of The Snow Queen, The Nutcracker, Not a Creature Was Stirring, The Frog Prince, Rumpelstiltskin, Hoot Owl Hootenanny, Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, Carnival of the Animals (2007), Santa’s Holiday for Strings, and Frosty & Friends. She has also appeared as an actress, sans puppets, in DCT’s Babe, the Sheep Pigand The Velveteen Rabbit. Trish is DCT’s Marketing Director.

 

SETH MAGILL*
(Voice Characterization)
Seth is pleased to be reprising his voice characterization of Frosty the Snowman. Other memorable roles at DCT include Pinkalicious, The Musical (Mr. Pinkerton); The Secret Garden(Archibald Craven); Treasure Island (Billy Bones/Israel Hands); and Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’  Winnie the Pooh (Winnie). He was last seen on the local stage in Shakespeare Dallas’ production of She Stoops To Conquer (Marlow), and he most recently performed as Chase Spacegrove in an On The Eve staged reading at Joe’s Pub, NYC. His other local productions included roles with Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theater, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Seth is a co-writer of the new musical On The Eve, which is working towards its first New York production, in cooperation with Theatre C and Tony nominated director Sam Buntrock.

 

ZIGGY RENNER
(Puppeteer)
This season marks Ziggy’s 12th year of puppeteering and working with Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts. Other productions include The Snow Queen, Young King Arthur, Beauty and the Beast, Carnival of the Animals, The House at Pooh Corner, The Nutcracker, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Jack and the Beanstalk. He was also a featured puppeteer with Kathy Burks World of Puppets at Six Flags Over Texas. A Dallas native and veteran technician with Dallas Children’s Theater, Ziggy also lived for two years in St. Paul, MN where he worked with such prestigious organizations as the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Stages Theatre Company, and Off-Leash Area. During the 2015-16 season, he traveled the country as the audio engineer and Assistant Technical Director for DCT’s national tour of The BFG (Big Friendly Giant), and he most recently served as the Technical Director for A.C.E.’s national tour of Girls Only, The Secret Comedy of Women. Ziggy has also worked extensively with Shakespeare Dallas, Lone Star Circus, and Dallas Theater Center.

 

JEFFREY STANFIELD
(Puppeteer)
Jeff is a puppeteer and performer who graduated with a BFA from Texas Christian University. You may have seen him under the open sky at Fort Worth’s Hip Pocket Theatre, appearing in such works as The Land of Oz, In Watermelon Sugar, The Lake Worth Monster, Don Quixote and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He is very pleased to return to Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts, where he previously performed in productions of Beauty and the Beast, Not a Creature was Stirring, Hansel and Gretel and The Tale of Peter Rabbit. At home both on stage and behind the scenes, Jeff is the Assistant Technical Director for Dallas Children’s Theater.

 

JĀD SAXTON
(Voice Characterization)
Jād thanks Kathy Burks for including her voice in this cool show! She was last seen at WaterTower Theatre in Parade (Mary Phagan). Other credits include Dallas Children’s Theater’s national tour of Stuart Little(Margalo), Trainspotting(Lizzie) for L.I.P Service, The Nether (Iris) for Stage West, Fiddler on the Roof (Chava) for Lyric Stage, and Hearts Like Fists (Nina) for Outcry Theatre. Jād is also an ADR Director for FUNimation Productions and voice actor who’s voice can be heard in the anime Wolf Children, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Michiko & Hatchin, Dimension W, Fairy Tail, and Space Dandy; and video games Smite, Paladins and Dragon Ball Xenoverse. She has 200-plus voice-over credits for FUNimation Productions, Sentai Filmworks, and Okratron 5000.

 

FROSTY AND FRIENDS runs now thru December 23. Tickets available at dct.org.

Meet the winner of our Super Scary 6 Sentence Storytelling Contest!

Mary Anne (back row center) pictured with her granddaughters, husband, and daughter (the girls’ aunt).

In 2015, Mary Anne Doom saw MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET with her granddaughters. When she visits her family in Texas for Thanksgiving each year, she makes it a point to check out the DCT holiday lineup.

Mary Anne is a former English teacher who loves making up stories to tell her granddaughters. Her love of language and storytelling paid off, as she is now the winner of our Super Scary 6 Storytelling Contest!

Here is her story…

One day, after identical twin witch sisters Wendy, who was kind, and Wanda, who was mean, decided to attend the town Halloween party which required that everyone wear a costume, the two witches conspired to switch places and go as each other.

Then Wendy dirtied her face, blackened her teeth, tangled her hair, put on Wanda’s shabby, soiled black dress and crooked hat and scrunched her face into the scowl she’d practiced for weeks.

Next, after some coaxing from her sister, Wanda scrubbed her face, painted her teeth pearly white, brushed and curled her hair, put on Wendy’s clean, pressed black dress and starched hat and applied spider glue to pull the corners of her mouth into a permanent smile.

The townspeople, who knew the witch sisters well, created havoc when they cautioned each other to warmly welcome Wendy, the kind sister, but keep eyes on Wanda, the mean and unkempt witch, as she would definitely attempt to cause chaos, scare the children and steal their treats.

Ever since then, the townspeople stopped judging others on appearance because at the party the adults kept close watch on Wendy, whom they thought was Wanda, which freed Wanda, whom everyone was convinced was Wendy, to put toads in the apple cider, rotten apples in the bobbing tub and spiders in the children’s hair, which made them shriek and drop their treats for Wanda to grab.

The moral of the story is “It is always a good idea to know which witch is which.”

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Round up your favorite witches for a fun, frightful performance this Halloween weekend.

GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL: PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM must close this Sunday, October 29! Tickets on sale at dct.org.

Sat., Oct. 28 at 1:30 PM
Sat., Oct. 28 at 4:30 PM
Sun., Oct. 29 at 1:30 PM
Sun., Oct. 29 at 4:30 PM

Artists at Work: How Lighting and Sound Enhance the Fun Mystery of GOOSEBUMPS

Many actors and designers say that the theater is like a second home; they love spending time and making memories with dear friends and family while working on a project. As part of our Finding the Way Home season, DCT wants you to feel comfortable when you’re here creating memories with family, too. To help you feel more connected to the theater, we’re featuring some of the artists who create the beautiful work you see on stage. In this feature, meet Aaron and Marco, our GOOSEBUMPS Artists at Work!

Lighting Designer Aaron Johansen (AJ) has designed five shows and counting for DCT, and has also designed many shows for the Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theater and Cara Mía Theatre Company. Sound Designer Marco Salinas (MS) has designed many shows for DCT over the last 18 years. He has also designed for shows as far away as New York City and Ireland!

Aaron and Marco recently sat down with us to explain what special effects are; scenes in the show that wouldn’t be the same without their effects; and much more.

 

DCT: Were you a Goosebumps fan before working on the show?

MS: I’m a little too old to have been a Goosebumps fan, but they sound like a lot of fun.

AJ: I was a huge Goosebumps fan when I was a child. I read all the books, I saw the TV show. I did everything, so when I found out I was doing this show I was thrilled. I went back and watched the original episode, “The Phantom,” which is terribly cheesy; it’s so funny. I think it’s so appealing because this is the type of scary that’s okay for children. It’s not gory; it’s just pop-out scary and mysterious.

 

DCT: What is a special effect?

MS: A special effect is something in a movie or a play that creates an illusion of something that isn’t really there. It usually does that through lighting or sound effects, and it helps the actors and audience believe something is happening that may not actually be happening.

AJ: Exactly. Special effects are the use of lighting and sound combined together to create a specific situation, a special effect on stage – like making it snow or making it look like winter.

 

DCT: What is your process for designing a special effect?

AJ: My process of creating lighting effects is usually reading a script, seeing what the script calls for, and then adding my own artistic opinion to that. So, in this show, there were a lot of specific effects that needed to happen with the lights flickering when the phantom comes in and disappears, the lighting helps with that. We also go to a spooky basement, so I had to figure out how the lighting helps create that environment.

MS: My process would be talking to the director, reading the script and coming up with sound cues myself. The publishers for this particular musical provided a lot of the music tracks that underscore the show and that the actors sing to. But I’ve also provided a lot of additional sound effects that did not come with the packaged sound cues. In this case, I did speak with the director, and we decided on the augmentations we wanted to kind of bring GOOSEBUMPS to life.

 

DCT: What’s an example of a scene in the show that wouldn’t be the same without your effects?

MS: The elevator sequence where the two main characters are in the audience. They idea is that they’re in this spooky basement then they hear a noise, and they look over and see the phantom briefly appear and then he runs off. Through the use of lighting and sound, we feel that we’re being immersed in the world of this spooky basement. It might seem like kind of ordinary without those cues to give the audience a sense of mood and place.

AJ: I would have to say the moment for me is making the phantom disappear and appear. There’s certain places where if we didn’t have lights and sound, and we were in full lights, we couldn’t create those magical moments of the phantom being there one second and gone the next second.

 

DCT: What would you say to someone who wants to become a lighting or sound designer?

AJ: I think if you’re interested in getting into theater work, contact a theater to see if there are internships or volunteer opportunities available. That’s how I got started in theater, I volunteered at community theater and found what I loved, and I continued the passion.

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Whether it’s the creepy sounds or the ominous lights, let yourself feel the good kind of goosebumps.

GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL: PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM is open now through      October 29.

Ticket on sale at dct.org.

Get GOOSEBUMPS! It’s a musical! Imagine that!

The play is just that awesome! Check out these deets.

John Maclay, co-writer of the play NANCY DREW AND HER BIGGEST CASE EVER, delivers a show full of quick-witted humor and just a little spookiness.

 

Danny Abosch, the man behind the music of FANCY NANCY: THE MUSICAL, puts his composing talents on full display with ten infectious new songs that will “fill your soul with fright and give you goosebumps in the night!”

 

Together, Maclay and Abosch, bring you an exhilarating mystery with a surprising twist.

 

 

Our story centers on two best friends starring in their school’s play – The Phantom.

 

 

The Phantom has the show’s main character, Zeke, raving, “That is so meta, man!”

 

 

The script used in the school production is supposedly cursed. What on earth could go wrong?!

 

 

A quirky theater teacher, a creepy janitor, and a jealous understudy round out GOOSEBUMPS’ endearing cast.

 

 

The experience will be frighteningly fun for all!

 

 

 

GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL: PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM
Based on the best-selling book series by R. L. Stine
Book and Lyrics by John Maclay
Music and Lyrics by Danny Abosch 

September 22 – October 29, 2017

Recommended for ages 7 and up
The haphazard detective work of Scooby Doo meets the witty banter of Glee in this frighteningly fun musical based on the beloved Goosebumps series. Brooke and Zeke are starring in their school play…The Phantom. (Yep-it’s a spoof of the Broadway musical!) When strange things start to happen during rehearsals, no one is sure if it’s a practical joke or if the school’s theater is haunted. Wear your favorite costume and bring the entire family to this silly, and only a little spooky, adventure.

 

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Get set! GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL single tickets go on sale tomorrow.

Here are some interesting facts about the books written by author R. L. Stine.

Stine says his writing process is “backwards” compared to most authors. He thinks of the titles first, then he writes the book. “I never try to think of ideas, I only think about titles. I try to get a good title, and the title leads me to the story.”1

R. L. Stine came up with the name “Goosebumps” randomly, while reading a TV Guide. “At the bottom of the page, there was an ad, and it said, ‘It’s goosebumps week on channel 11.’ I just stared at it. I knew it was the perfect name.”

For many children, Stine’s mildly scary books are their first step up from picture books. Their language is accessible and they tend to sidestep real-world concerns, relying on fantastical creatures, ghosts and the occasional slow-moving zombie for their scares.4

 

Goosebumps is BIG. Since Welcome to Dead House, the first Goosebumps book, was published in July 1992, the 62-book series has sold over 350 million copies worldwide in 32 languages. It is the second best-selling children’s book series next to Harry Potter!3

There are four rare Goosebumps books: Legend of the Lost Legend, Werewolf Skin, I Live in Your Basement!, and Monster Blood IV. These only exist as first editions and are known to Goosebumps fans as ‘The Unreprinted’.3

R.L. Stine thinks the first book in the series, Welcome to Dead House, is too scary for kids. Stine said, “I didn’t have the formula then, to combine funny and scary. I hadn’t really figured it out yet, and if I were redoing Welcome to Dead House, I think I’d put in some funny stuff and make it a little less intense.”

THE FUN: Get a behind the scenes look at GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL: PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM! Take a tour of DCT’s catwalk and ride the elevator down to the basement! Plus we’ll have thrilling dance lessons (hint, hint) and some up-close and personal magic. Partygoers will be among the first to make purchases from DCT’s first ever costume shop sale. Of course, the dance party at the end is a must-attend. There’ll be great food and fantastical take-home treats to boot! This party is sure to be a scream, so wear your favorite costume and prepare for a spooktacular time!

THE CAUSE: The Party benefits DCT’s Student Matinee Performance Series (SMPS), an education program that gives students access to live theater at virtually no cost to them.  Integrating theater into education has proven to increase a child’s learning receptivity.  SMPS is presented throughout the school year and summer, and each year reaches as many as 50,000 students, most of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch.  Your support helps ensure that no child will miss the theater experience due to financial hardship.

To purchase tickets, visit dct.org/goosebumpsparty or call 214-740-0051

GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL: PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM
Based on the best-selling book series by R. L. Stine
Book and Lyrics by John Maclay
Music and Lyrics by Danny Abosch 

September 22 – October 29, 2017

Recommended for ages 7 and up
The haphazard detective work of Scooby Doo meets the witty banter of Glee in this frighteningly fun musical based on the beloved Goosebumps series. Brooke and Zeke are starring in their school play…The Phantom. (Yep-it’s a spoof of the Broadway musical!) When strange things start to happen during rehearsals, no one is sure if it’s a practical joke or if the school’s theater is haunted. Wear your favorite costume and bring the entire family to this silly, and only a little spooky, adventure.

Single tickets go on sale August 1 

Tickets and more information www.dct.org

 

Sources:

1 13 things you never knew about the “goosebumps” book series from R.L. Stine Himself, BuzzFeed

2 Goosebumps Series (62 books), Goodreads

3 Goosebumps: 10 things you didn’t know about RL Stine – in pictures, The Guardian

4 Book Talk: R.L. Stine scares boys and girls, just a bit, Reuters

Book cover images from Wikipedia