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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.  

 

Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’

FROSTY & FRIENDS325x200_frosty
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!


Valentine Davies’

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

By Linda Daugherty 325x200_skippyjon

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.


Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’

THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT325x200_peter

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

By Steven Dietz325x200_jackie

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,

Timothy Allen McDonald and Stephen Gabriel

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. 

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