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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.

 

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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. 

Girls Party a Chic Success!

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Nancy Carlson’s beautiful backyard

Last Thursday, Dallas’s best-dressed arts patronesses came together for the 2014“Girl’s Party” benefit. Decked out in their best “garden chic,” guests snacked on tasty hors d’oeuvres and sumptuous desserts, sipped hibiscus coolers, danced to a girl power soundtrack, and raised money for Dallas Children’s Theater! The party was held at DCT board member and longtime supporter Nancy Carlson’s beautiful Park Cities home. Her backyard, festooned in lovely decorations, was the perfect backdrop for a girl’s night out.

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Dancing the night away!

Dancing the night away!

The theme of the evening was “Surprise! It’s Your Birthday,” a nod to DCT’s 30th anniversary season. The surprises kept coming! Nancy and event co-chairs Maggie Kipp and Tara Lewis truly outdid themselves. They were able to secure Linda Gray, the star of TNT’s “Dallas,” as a celebrity guest host! Linda, looking chic in a sheer blazer and sky-high heels, gamely posed for photos with guests.  Guests were also treated to a high-energy performance to Christina Aguilera’s “Glam” by the Dallas Youth Repertory Project. Next, guests were presented with leis and had a Hawaiian luau dance lesson. Another highlight of the evening was artist JD Miller’s live painting performance. Miller, a resident artist at Samuel Lynne Galleries, set up shop in Nancy Carlson’s backyard and painted the night away. The finished piece, inspired, as Miller said, by the “amazing energy” of the evening, is for sale at Samuel Lynne, with 50% of the proceeds going to DCT.

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JD Miller drawing a raffle winner. His beautiful painting is in the background!

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Surprise, Kersten!

The evening came to a close with drawings for some spectacular raffle prizes! JD Miller donated another one of his paintings, and Gloria Tarpley was the lucky winner . Kersten Rettig donated a Highland Park Village shopping spree to the raffle. We invited her to draw a ticket, and in a funny, karmic coincidence, Kersten drew her own name! “Enjoy your shopping spree, Kersten- you deserve it!,” cried the crowd. Other raffle winners include Michelle Godo, who will enjoy a stay in a luxurious Santa Fe resort, and Nancy LaVerde. Nancy will have a meal catered by Mico Rodriguez, the master chef behind Mr. Mesero.

It was an amazing evening full of fun, laughter, and music. We were able to raise money and awareness about the great things happening at DCT. Thanks to all who attended!

It’s Ladies’ Night! DCT’s Girls Party to Dazzle with Exciting Raffle Items and A-List Guests!

Audience to be amazed by JD Miller’s LIVE Painting Performance

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Celebrity host Linda Gray

This year’s Girls Party fundraising event is right around the corner! Event Co-Chairs Maggie Kipp and Tara Lewis have been hard at work securing exciting raffle items, entertainment, and chic decorations. The party, scheduled for Thursday, April 3rd and starting at 7 pm will be hosted by longtime board member and major donor Nancy Carlson. Her beautiful Park Cities home will be the perfect setting for a glamorous evening. On the heels of announcing that TNT’s Dallas star Linda Gray (aka “Sue Ellen”) is going to be the honorary celebrity chair for the event, Tara, Maggie, and Nancy are thrilled to announce Reflectionist Artist JD Miller’s magnificent contribution to the festivities.

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Reflectionist Artist JD Miller

Thanks to Samuel Lynne Galleries, Artist JD Miller will be providing an exciting and engaging Live Painting Performance. In this one-of-a-kind intimate encounter, attendees will witness Miller transform a blank canvas into a masterpiece. Miller’s technique is based on a system of his artistic thought that abstractly emphasizes the mirroring of energy and human life in the universe. Through the development of this technique, Miller formed the school of thought that has come to be known as Reflectionism. This burgeoning school of artistic thought attempts to express and physically manifest these positive – and otherwise abstract or intangible – forces, which Miller refers to as the “three dimensional envelope of life” through his 3D oil paintings. Miller’s production of organic forms and natural tendency toward the capturing of light is the hallmark of this sculptural oil technique.

JD Miller during a Live Painting session

Partygoers will have the opportunity to bid live on JD Miller’s painting at the end of the evening with a portion of the proceeds going directly to Dallas Children’s Theater. Another one of Miller’s paintings is being raffled off along with many other spectacular prizes! Some great items that have been secured to date include a fabulous private event catered by star chef Mico Rodriguez, a relaxing Santa Fe getaway, and a shopping spree at Highland Park Village. For more information about raffle, go to dct.org/girlsparty/raffle! Raffle tickets are $25 each, 5 for $100 or 20 for $200.

Funds raised will help DCT continue to provide over 250,000 children and families annually with Broadway-like shows based on children’s literature and beloved stories; free and reduced tickets for students to attend shows as part of a field trip; summer acting camps and so much more. Ladies: do something good for yourself and for the community! Share an evening of fun with the girls and help DCT continue to train the arts patrons and professionals of tomorrow. Tickets start at $150. Go to dct.org/girlsparty for more information!

 

 

Mariachi Girl – From Seed To Fruition

DCT MARIACHI press 2/24/14This new and exciting bilingual musical explores how one girl challenges her identity in a modern society while embracing her rich heritage. Young Carmencita dreams of singing alongside her father as a proud mariachi, but her father insists that mariachi should only include men. When Cita becomes inspired by a book about a famous female mariachi, it expands her world and ideas of what is possible.

Director, Robyn Flatt, wants people to get excited about the story and see how the family overcomes their challenges. “Bursting with live, vibrant and original music, MARIACHI GIRL rings with rhythms and songs performed by live mariachi. It is not only the story of a young girl following her dreams, it is the story of a family struggling between allegiance to their own cultural traditions and the pressure to assimilate,” she said.

Cita’s conflict is both personal as well as uniquely universal. Young people around the globe often experience conflict between generations.  Young girls often observe their brothers favored by opportunity while they can only dream.

Luis and Cita - Alberto JimenezRoxanne Schroeder-Arce, the playwright for the production, has received a lot of positive feedback about how people of all cultures are finding connections with this story. Roxanne is also hopeful that Latino families in Dallas in particular will get to experience this story. “I couldn’t ask for a more supportive artistic community. The cast is fantastic. The musicians are great. The designs are beautiful and the director’s vision is lovely. I can’t wait to experience this play in Dallas!”

David Lozano, co-founder and artistic director of Cara Mía Theatre of Dallas and the consulting director for MARIACHI GIRL, has been impressed with Robyn’s commitment to this musical throughout the last three years. “She knew that this story of a young Mexican girl with a dream to become a Mariachi is important for our entire community to see and she’s bringing a powerful story to the Latino community,” he said.

Robyn has spent a lot of time involving the community in the process of this musical. “Thanks to Robyn’s commitment to the development of this work,” David said, “I believe that MARIACHI GIRL can become a classic in the Chicano / US Latino canon of theater for young audiences.”

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 March 22 – 3 pm to 6 pm.

 

 

 

 

DCT is delighted that The Honorable Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Mónica R. Alonzo is serving as our host for the day and invites everyone to join her in seeing the play and enjoying the Fiesta!  Don’t miss the opportunity to see for yourself what Cita loves most about being a mariachi girl!

Before the show, the fabulous Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico will entertain the audiences with their usual array of great performances and our friends from FC Dallas Soccer Tour will delight families with fun games and great giveaways.

After the show, the following entertainment will be provided for the free community event from 3 to 6pm.

Featuring:
OIL AND COTTON, ALEGRE BALLET FOLKLORICO, BALLOON ARTIST, WILL RICHEY & ALEJANDRO PEREZ, JR., AND ROSAS DIVINAS

And DCT’s Fiesta will also feature one of Dallas’ newest food trucks…
La Casa Azul Dallas

 

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES:

Friday – March 21 – 7:30 pm

Saturday – March 22 – 1:30 pm

Saturday – March 29 – 1:30 & 4:30 pm

Sunday – March 23 – 1:30 pm & 4:30 pm

Sunday – March 30 – 1:30 pm

Ticket Prices: $15 – $40 (Subject to change)

Box Office: 214-740-0051

Tickets also available on-line at www.dct.org

 

Dallas Children’s Theater brings theater to life for ALL children!

First Sensory Friendly Production is well received.

For many children with autism, sensory integration challenges, or developmental differences, going to the theater is overwhelming. The bright lights and loud music that excite typically developing children can be unbearable to their peers with special needs. Over the past few months, DCT has been working with families and healthcare providers to produce a performance that gives these kids the chance to comfortably experience live theater, and on March 1st, we proudly staged our very first sensory- friendly performance. Small adaptations to our production of “Go, Dog. Go!” made a big difference to the families in the audience.

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With input from parents,  experts who work with a range of special needs children, and partners from Orlando Repertory and Nashville Children’s Theater, we implemented small (but effective) changes to the performance. We reduced sound levels, removed loud effects, and kept the house lights on at a higher level than normal. A “quiet room” was provided for children who needed to take a break, and a social story posted on our website helped familiarize kids with DCT and prepare them for their outing. The show itself remained largely unchanged, giving patrons the same critically-acclaimed performance that other audiences enjoyed.

Perhaps most significantly, the sensory-friendly show was a judgment-free zone. Parent Jill Rowlett remarked that, “for those with disabilities and their parents, this is a dream. A place to take our children where they will fit in or at least be understood and accepted is rare… Parents can actually share family time out of their homes, without constant tension and worrying how their child will react…or how the public will react.” If a child vocalized or had a meltdown, parents knew that the other audience members understood. Michelle Rice Dooley, another mother who attended the March 1st performance of “Go, Dog. Go!,” noted that “parents were relaxed, because no matter what, we were amongst a people with compassion and understanding. It truly allows the parents to relax and feel free to enjoy with their child. Thanks- we can’t wait for the next one!!!”DSCN0572

We can’t wait for the next sensory-friendly show, either! March 1st was an exciting and informative day for Dallas Children’s Theater, and we were touched by the positive reactions from the families who came to see the show. Many thanks to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Theater Communications Group, Autism Speaks, UNT, and UT Southwestern, and all of our community partners for making our first sensory-friendly show such a success.

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

Stuart Little

July 12 at 4:30pm

Tickets are $5 per person. Call the Box Office at (214) 740-0051 to get yours today

JOIN US FOR DCT’S FIRST PARTY & PLAY OF THE SEASON

270x150_party&playPARTY & PLAY EVENT ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

You’re invited to DCT’s GO, DOG. GO! Party and Play event on Saturday, January 25 starting at 1:30 pm at DCT’s Rosewood Center.  Watch the show followed by food, fun, crafts, show-related activities, and much more!

$30 per person

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Fun! Fun! Fun!

Seats Still Available…

• Each child gets whiskers and a nose (facepainting of course)…

• Each child gets to be on stage with actors from the show…

• Parents will be able to take their own photos of kids on the DCT stage!

• Get behind-the-scenes tips from the show’s director, Ms Nancy, and learn how the show was created!

• Get a backstage tour to see where the dogs hang out after they leave the stage.

• Learn to sing one of the awesome songs from the show!

• Get a free dog hat and DCT dog tag for each guest…

• Enjoy a private autograph session with the actors…

• Be a part of the door prize drawings

• AND everyone gets Cici’s Pizza!

Call 214-740-0051

Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm

Show tickets range from $15 – $28 and party tickets are $30 per person.  Seating is limited so make your reservation today by calling 214-978-0110 ext. 174.