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Creativity for those Below 50 Days…

For the creative genius in your child…

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

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

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

 


 

 

Written by Guest Mom Blogger, Jessica Colaw.

 

 

 


 

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

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

Now – Dec. 23
Ages 6 and up

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

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

 

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

Now – Jan. 20
Ages 3 and up

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

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

Produced in Collaboration with Soul Rep Theatre Company.

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

 

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

See how they play all year long…

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

 

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

 

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

 


 

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

Dec. 8 – Jan. 20
Ages 3 and up

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

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

Get tickets here.

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

 

The Magic of a Snowy Day…

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

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

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

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

 

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

 


 

 

Written by Guest Mom Blogger, Jessica Colaw.

 


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

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

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

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

 

 

Photo Credits: bison[dot]com, adaddyblog[dot]com, dallasnews[dot]com, creative commons[dot]com, and Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre

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

Tis the season for a glorious DCT cast…

Deborah Brown*

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

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

Joey Castorena**

(Pickwick / Policeman / Ensemble)

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

Bob Hess*

(Charles Dickens)

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

Derril Lasseigne

(Jack)

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

Gena Loe**

(Waitress / Black Ghost / Ensemble / Dance Captain)

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

David Lugo*

(Merlin / Francois / Driver / Ensemble)

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

Ania Lyons**

(Mrs. Twigby / Tailor / Ensemble)

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

Steven Miller

(Green Ghost / Ensemble)

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

Grace Moore**

(Annie)

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

Olivia Grace Murphy**

(Roberta / Mary Dickens / Ensemble)

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

Randy Pearlman*

(Mr. Pinch / Prince Albert / Ensemble)

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

Wendy Welch*

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

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

GREEN CAST

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

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

RED CAST

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

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


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

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

NOV. 16 – DEC. 23

Ages 6 and up

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

Get tickets now for festive, family fun.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

L’Engle’s ‘Wrinkle’ Smoothed Our Way

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

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


 

 

Written by Guest Mom Blogger, Jessica Colaw.

 


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

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

Ages 10 and up

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

 

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

A Wrinkle in Time: A Lesson in Perseverance

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

Written by Guest Mom Blogger, Jessica Colaw.

 

 


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

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

Ages 10 and up

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

 

 

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

Meet the Cast of A WRINKLE IN TIME…

It’s true…teens can save the world.

BACK ROW (Left to Right): Joanna Kennedy, Judge Madden, Horton Richard, Sam Hurley / MIDDLE ROW (Left to Right): Georgia Rose, Andy Carter, Hannah Moore, Jordan Mook, EmmaMerie Smith, Sarah Willingham / FRONT ROW (Left to Right): Kai McGhee, Emma Taylor, Jude Segrest, Diva Sharma

JORDAN MOOK
Previous DCT Roles: Peter and the Starcatcher (Smee).
Favorite show and why: The Book of Mormon because I love the music and songs.
Favorite thing about acting: The audience’s reactions.

 

GEORGIA ROSE
Previous DCT Roles: Peter and the Starcatcher (Betty Bumbrake), EAT (It’s Not About Food) (Cheerio Lady, Angry Teen), and The Ghosts of Sleepy Hollow (the woman in white).
Favorite Show and Why: The Ghosts of Sleepy Hollow because it was my first real show and the character was so unique, and the cast bond was special.
Favorite Thing About Acting: Making the audience feel something.

 

EMMAMERIE SMITH
Previous DCT Roles: EAT (It’s Not About Food) (Emily), Peter and the Starcatcher (Frenchie), and Next Stop Broadway (2017 and 2018).
Favorite Show and Why: EAT (It’s Not About Food) because the show meant something; it was beyond entertainment.
Favorite Thing About Acting: Being something different every time. You get to be out of yourself and leave the real world.

 

KAI McGHEE
Previous DCT Roles: Alice in Wonderland (Mad Hatter) and Next Stop Broadway (2018).
Favorite Show and Why: Stranger Things because the mysticism and mystery of the show is very interesting and fun to watch.
Favorite Thing About Acting: Being on stage and doing what I love.

 

JUDGE MADDEN
Previous DCT Roles: Alice in Wonderland (Caterpillar), Ghouls & Graveyards (The Boy/Herbert), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Prentis).
Favorite Show and Why: Cabaret because the meaning of the story has really made an impact on me.
Favorite Thing About Acting: Having fun, doing well, and acting – so pretty much everything.

 

HORTON RICHARD
Previous DCT Roles: Ghouls & Graveyards (Ghoul 5, and Factory Worker) and Screen Play (Daniel).
Favorite Show and Why: James and the Giant Peach because it’s really entertaining and creative.
Favorite Thing About Acting: It’s always great to meet my castmates and get to perform in front of people.

 

EMMA TAYLOR
Favorite Show and Why: A Midsummer Night’s Dream because it was my first Shakespeare play and I loved the role of Hermia that I played.
Favorite Thing About Acting: Being able to experience someone else’s feelings and the connection with the cast.

 

DIVA SHARMA
Favorite Thing About Acting: Losing yourself for a few hours and pretending to be someone/something else.

 

JOANNA KENNEDY
Favorite Show and Why: Les Misérables because I enjoy the music and action.
Favorite Thing About Acting: Being someone else.

 

JUDE SEGREST
Previous DCT Roles: Seussification of a Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Alex in Wonderland (Alex), and Next Stop Broadway (2018).
Favorite Show and Why: BFG (Big Friendly Giant) because I volunteered at the sensory-friendly show.
Favorite Thing About Acting: Being so many different people and learning about life through theater.

 

SAM HURLEY
Previous DCT Roles: Ghouls & Graveyards (Morris), Screen Play (Jeffery), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Lord Aster).
Favorite Show and Why: The Outsiders because I knew everybody in the cast since I was a young child.
Favorite Thing About Acting: Playing a character.

 

SARAH WILLINGHAM
Previous DCT Roles: Miracle on 34th Street and Next Stop Broadway (2016, 2017, 2018).
Favorite Show and Why: Heathers because the music is amazing.
Favorite Thing About Acting: Really getting to know the character you play.

 

HANNAH MOORE
Previous DCT Roles: EAT (It’s Not About Food) (Girl), Miracle on 34th Street (Elf), and Ghouls & Graveyards (Banshee).
Favorite Show and Why: My favorite show I’ve been in is Anne of Green Gables when I played Anne Shirley. My favorite show I’ve seen is Hamilton in Chicago.
Favorite Thing About Acting: Getting to tell a story and give the gift to the audience!

 

ANDY CARTER
Favorite Show and Why: I love Dear Evan Hansen as it is a powerful and emotional story.
Favorite Thing About Acting: It lets me be anyone, even the complete opposite of myself.


TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT

A WRINKLE IN TIME

Adapted by John Glore
From the book by Madeleine L’Engle
Produced by special arrangement with Stage Partners

October 19 – October 28, 2018

Recommended for ages 10 and up

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

Artist at Work: Lifting the Sails with Circus Arts

Fanny Kerwich brings the powerful side of the circus to the production of TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined!

In real life, ships are made of wood. But in the world of Jim Hawkins, Ben Gunn, and Long John Silver, it takes a crew full of imaginative, expressive circus-trained performers to get things in tip top shape.

We wanted to learn more about the amazing circus feats seen in TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined!, so we sat down with Fanny Kerwich, Circus Director for the show, to learn more.

How are circus techniques and acrobatics being used to tell this story?

In this story, circus and acrobatics are being used to tell the story of Jim Hawkins’ first impression of being on the Hispaniola. In the story, the minute Jim walks onto the ship, he is struck with awe and wonder at the intricate inner workings of a sailing ship. We thought the best way to capture Jim’s childlike first impressions would be through the high flying wonder of circus rope tricks, juggling, and aerial acrobatics. As we developed the script, the circus techniques we used evolved with the needs of the script. While the idea to build the ship using circus skills was always a part of the plan, we also found the need to include other circus moments, like creating the illusion that Ben Gunn was climbing through the forest with the ropes or changing the use of hula hoops into rope swinging.

Robyn Flatt, director of TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined! and founder of DCT, said it was her dream to tell this story and adapt it uniquely for DCT audiences. “The multiplicity of activity helps draw the audience into the story. Fanny made the suggestion of building the ship through circus, and that’s exactly what I wanted. It was a logical place that got the actors into the audience.”

Describe the training you gave the cast and what went into conquering the moves you taught them to use on stage?

I focused on basic circus skills with the goal of accomplishing extraordinary things on stage. Of course, when I work with novices, I always need to scale down the intensity of the skills I am asking them to do. I believe that it is better for someone to do something they can do well, than it is for someone to do something badly that they haven’t yet mastered. I’m very impressed and proud of the work that this cast put into learning the circus skills necessary to pull this production off. In the short timespan that they’ve had, they’ve managed to learn a whole plethora of skills and have been absolute troopers about learning them.

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

Historically, theater and circus used to be an art form that was one in the same, and anytime we can bring these two art forms together, I always believe it results in a beautiful production. The collaboration with puppetry, theater and circus – three different forms of expression combined together in an exciting mix; it really creates entertainment for all ages and tastes. I’m so glad that Robyn included circus in this production.


TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined!
Adapted for the stage by Katy Tye, Jeffrey Colangelo,
and Robyn Flatt
Based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson

Now thru Oct. 21, 2018
Ages 7 and up

 

Saturday, October 20, 1:30 PM
Sunday, October 21, 1:30 PM
Sunday, October 21, 4:30 PM

Buy your tickets now before this ship sails!

Artist At Work: A Puppeteer’s Dreams of Long John Silver

Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts Adds A New Dimension to the Classic Story

When the collaborating companies first started reimagining the classic tale of Treasure Island, each company presented many ideas about how their artistic discipline could best help in telling the most dramatic, compelling and entertaining story. We sat down with Sally Fiorello, Master Puppeteer with Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts and puppeteer and ensemble cast member of TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined!, to learn how puppetry helped shape this production.

The giant Long John Silver puppet built by Fiorello and puppetry constructor Beck Schlabach enters Jim Hawkins’ dreams.

How is puppetry being used to tell this story?
After workshopping several ideas and multiple years of writing and rewriting the script, we decided that creating and utilizing nontraditional puppetry would be the perfect way to dramatize both nightmare and fantasy sequences that occur in the play. As a result, like the young character Jim Hawkins, audiences will be astounded and shaken by the unexpected, larger-than-life nightmare of the one-legged pirate named Long John Silver. They will experience the magic and beauty of a night sky full of constellations that come to life in a way never before seen on stage. And finally, through the use of animatronics, they will enjoy the antics of Long John’s iconic parrot.

Please describe the puppet in these pictures and what went into making it.
The head that you see in the picture, along with its hands that Doug and I are holding, are actually the beginning stages of the giant Long John Silver puppet that comes to life in Jim Hawkins’ nightmare and serves as a foreboding of the infamous pirate’s true character. As with all creations for the stage and screen, puppets are first designed on paper or a computer. Since this puppet is more than twice the size of a normal human and the head is made out of reticulated foam (outdoor upholstery foam), a small model had to be made in order to devise a pattern for creating the proper shape. It’s always better to create something in miniature at first so that you don’t waste time and expensive materials trying to figure things out in full size. Also, you might find that you want to make some changes to the final design before it’s too late. Once the smaller pattern shapes are made, they are then enlarged and laid on the foam for cutting. The cut pieces of foam are then glued together with contact cement creating the basic shape you see here. The eyes are fashioned from hollow plastic balls. Other structures are created using pool noodles, which are a great product to work with and very light weight. Weight is extremely important when you’re building a 15-foot-tall puppet that has to be puppeteered easily about the stage on long poles. With the addition of more sculpted facial features and paint, the puppet begins to come to life. Once the hair, beard, gnarly teeth and ghostly body are added, this Long John really takes on the scary visage we aimed to create for Jim’s nightmare. We certainly hope the audience thinks so as well and enjoys him as much as we do.

What is most exciting to you about this project?
The most exciting part of this project was working together with other artists of different disciplines to create something special and unique, something that no one had ever seen before. From the beginning, there were no bad ideas. We were only limited by the boundaries of our own imaginations. We had time to explore different ideas and concepts, to figure out how we could best come together and make the most dramatic contribution to the telling of the story. It is not often that theatrical artists have this opportunity in the creation process. The ongoing discussions and workshops truly gave us time and inspiration to think outside of the box and create some magical theater!

Why do you think families will enjoy this production?
I know audiences will enjoy this production because it has everything in it that one could want from their entertainment. It has heroes and villains; pirates, swordplay and treasure; comedy, drama and adventure on the high seas – all of the things that make for a great theater experience. But even greater, this production has been completely reimagined to tell the story from more than one character’s perspective. We all find out things we never knew about these iconic figures. The story unfolds on a beautiful set and throughout the theater. The audience is often right in the middle of the action with shipboard acrobatics taking everyone’s breath away and unexpected puppetry bringing magical and unforgettable images to life. I know that one could say I’m biased, but I believe that TREASURE ISLAND REIMAGINED is a fantastic show for everyone!

Can you guess the names of all of the constellations in this photo? If not, you should come see the show!

 


 

TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined!
Adapted for the stage by Katy Tye, Jeffrey Colangelo,
and Robyn Flatt
Based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson

Now thru Oct. 21, 2018
Ages 7 and up

Friendship, betrayal, and adventure are front and center in this bold world premiere! And Jim Hawkins, Ben Gunn, and Long John Silver will do just about anything to be the first to claim the buried treasure. From the moment you enter the theater, you’ll find yourself in the middle of the action. Step into a world of dramatic sword fights, thrilling acrobatics, and magical shadow puppetry as Dallas Children’s Theater, Prism Movement Theatre, Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts, and Lone Star Circus® come together to present a wildly original version of this iconic tale. Grab your costume and come aboard our ship. Your help is needed to decide who gets to take home the gold!

Show Dates:

Saturday, October 13, 4:30 PM
Sunday, October 14, 1:30 PM
Sunday, October 14, 4:30 PM
Saturday, October 20, 1:30 PM
Sunday, October 21, 1:30 PM
Sunday, October 21, 4:30 PM

 

The Original Navigation App?

You don’t need a smartphone to access this tool…

Sextant

“Are we there yet?” has been replaced with “check your phone, mom.” My kids will be the first to tell you that we’ve all become overly-reliant on a certain navigation app, plotting out the shortest route to any and all destinations while noting the exact arrival time down to the minute. A far cry from the navigation tools used long ago.

Sailors of the past, including pirates, looked to the stars to traverse vast oceans. Instead of simply plugging an address in to an app, the sailors had to have knowledge of different constellations in the night sky, and how they changed position throughout the year because of the earth’s rotation. They then had to use those constellations to calculate their position utilizing tools such as sextants and almanacs.

Orion

Did you know Orion, the constellation Long John Silver references in the play, can be seen in the sky here in Texas (mainly during winter)? Perhaps it’s time to explore a navigation tool that doesn’t require a smartphone: the constellations right above us.

In DCT’s version of TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined!, there are great lessons about stars and constellations. They are brought to life in the production in a way children and adults will remember. Make plans to learn more about Orion, Taurus the Bull and others by taking your family to see TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined! running now through October 21. For tickets, go to dct.org.

If you want to know more about what’s happening in the night sky yourself, check out these local sites:


 

 

Written by Guest Mom Blogger, Jessica Colaw.

 

 


More Fun To Do…

1. Did you know that Dallas Children’s Theater produces a study guide for every production? Additional activities can help your child bring their live theater experience full circle. (Button) Download the study guide for TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined! and be off on your adventure! View study guides.

2. Create your own buried treasure! Just imagine digging it up years later as a family. Click here to learn how.

 

 

 

 

Main story photos sourced from britannica[dot]com, wikipedia[dot]org, mykidsadventures[dot]com/time-capsule/, and by Karen Almond.