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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.

Artists At Work: Movement Designers Make Finding Gold Extraordinary

Spotlight on TREASURE ISLAND’s Katy Tye and Jeff Colangelo

Movement is being used in a variety of ways to help tell the story of Treasure Island in this reimagined production, so we sat down with Katy Tye (KT) and Jeff Colangelo (JC), founders of Prism Movement Theatre, to understand how physical theater was incorporated into the presentation.

How are movement and combat techniques being used to tell this story?

KT: All acting is movement in my opinion, or should be. However, Treasure Island is a special case because it is a nonstop adventure involving pirates at sea. The pirates in this production all learned or provided different skills to truly embody the work of sailors — like climbing ropes — which adds to the characters and the environment of the piece. On top of the sailing skills, our pirates had to fight, cause… they’re pirates! Jeff choreographed some great fights. Sword fighting, circus work, puppetry all coming together to tell a beautiful story.

JC: Almost every 10 minutes, there’s a new fight scene or circus section or rope climbing or puppets being used to tell this amazing story. And the best part is that almost ALL of it is in the book, [and now it’s] brought to life onstage. If you really want to see a Treasure Island that captures the heart of the book and the true harrowing adventure that Jim goes on, this is the show for you.

Jeff Colangelo, right, teaches sword fighting techniques to Sally Fiorello at a TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined! rehearsal.

Robyn Flatt, director of TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined! and founder of DCT, said that it’s been exciting to realize the dream of a show three years in the making. But, she says it took compromise to get all the components to find their way on stage. “This show is very visual, physical theater and it needs combat,” Flatt said. “It’s been terrific fun working with Katy and Jeff to tell the story of Jim [Hawkins] and Ben Gunn through physical movement. Katy of course grew up here in the Academy, and I really admire the work she’s now doing with Jeff through their company, Prism Movement Theatre. Jeff staged all the fights in the show, and Katy and I gave feedback. Jeff has been a team player, and been open to feedback. We created a playground and are lucky to have found balance.”

Jeff Colangelo, left, and Katy Tye, right, who plays Jim Hawkins, during a fight scene.

Describe your favorite scene involving either movement or combat, and what went into making it.

KT: My favorite scene involving combat is my fight between Israel and Jim. Jeff choreographed it almost exactly as Robert Lewis Stevenson described it, and it is intense. A pirate is about to stab a boy to death until the boat throws them off balance, and the kid is able to climb up a rope. Once there, Israel throws a knife into Jim’s shoulder climbing up to kill him, and then Jim shoots and kills him. It’s one of the most intense fights I’ve done, and it’s while playing a 10-year-old boy in a kid’s show! Jeff and I are huge fans of magic thanks to our friend and collaborator Trigg Watson, and in our fight, we get to do a little magic together which is so fun!

Aaron Jay Green, left, who plays Ben Gunn, hears the tale of Orion from Marcus Stimac, right, who plays Long John Silver.

JC: My favorite scene is actually the constellations scene, where Long John tells a young Ben Gunn the story of Orion and the scorpion and those constellations come to life through handmade puppets. There’s just so many beautiful things going on in that scene, from Sally’s puppetry to the construction of the constellation puppets to the acting. Even the lighting and music make that moment so beautiful and impactful for me. The scene itself is so wonderfully multilayered with Long John, a famous, almost mythical pirate of legend, telling a story about a mythical figure that inspired him as a boy. And while [the audience is] being told this beautiful story, Long John is actually using this tale to manipulate those around him to get what he wants. It’s truly an effective and awe-inspiring piece of storytelling from the whole team.

Jeff Colangelo, left, sword fights with Karl Schaeffer during a performance.

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

KT: The most exciting thing about this project to me is how much interdisciplinary work there is in the piece and yet none of them distract from each other. The script compliments the movement, which compliments the puppetry, etc. Families will enjoy it no matter what; there is truly never a dull moment.

Long John, Jim Hawkins and the pirates are reminded that “dead men tell no tales.”

JC: I think this project is so exciting because it offers a take on the Treasure Island story that doesn’t shy away from the danger that these pirates brought with them on their adventures. At every moment, these people are trying to outwit each other and betray each other to get rich quick, and I think it’s important that this production doesn’t pull any punches in telling that story. By presenting an adventure with truly harrowing danger, it makes the entire adventure of Treasure Island all the more exciting to watch, and it makes adults and kids alike appreciate the happy and beautiful moments of the play even more. In the end, how can you truly appreciate the good things life has to bring if you’re never presented with some of the scary stuff as well?

JC: I think families will absolutely LOVE this production. It brings to life the story of a classic kid’s book in a way that is fun, engaging and extremely exciting. There’s absolutely nothing to be bored by during this play, if the actors aren’t fighting, five minutes later they’ll be doing puppetry; if they aren’t doing puppetry, they’ll be doing circus tricks and so on. This is definitely an exciting adventure that young and old pirates at heart will have a great time at.

 


 

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 6, 1:30 PM
Sunday, October 7, 1:30 PM
Sunday, October 7, 4:30 PM
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

 

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PHOTO CREDITS: Karen Almond and DCT Staff

The Leading Ladies of Piracy

A brief introduction of some of the most notorious female pirates to ever sail the seven seas…

Pirates are everywhere these days. International “Talk Like a Pirate Day” was a few weeks ago (did you celebrate?). Halloween is around the corner – a night you are guaranteed to see at least a few different pirates vying for candy. And, of course, DCT’s TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined! is playing right here in Dallas!

Anne Bonny and Mary Read

Pirates intrigue me, just as they did when I was a young girl and as they do my own children now. Did you know there are many infamous women pirates? Women like Cheng I Sao who commanded with her pirate husband and, after his death, her own fleet of ships in the 19th century? Or Anne Bonny and Mary Read who met aboard Calico Jack’s ship in the 1700s and proudly fought alongside one another? And, I can’t forget Grace O’Malley who gave birth to one of her children while on a pirate ship during the 16th century (legend has it that she fought in a battle one day later).

Grace O’Malley

Although I hope my children don’t pillage like pirates, I do hope they learn something from these women: they fought for what they wanted, were bold in their dreams, and pursued a life of adventure!

Check out the following websites for more information about female pirates (just to warn you, these women were authentic pirates and not all the info is child-appropriate):

5 Notorious Female Pirates

The Swashbuckling History of Women Pirates

If There’s a Man Among Ye: The Tale of Pirate Queens Anne Bonny and Mary Read

7 Female Pirates You Might Not Know About

 


Main story photos sourced from en.wikipedia[dot]org/wiki/Ching_Shih, smithsonianmag[dot]com/history/swashbuckling-history-women-pirates-180962874, and geograph[dot]ie/photo/2518064 – Eric Jones, photographer. Sidebar photo by Karen Almond


 

Written by Guest Mom Blogger, Jessica Colaw.

And now a word on 35 years from our artistic leaders…

Throughout our 35 years of magic-making, our artistic team has embarked upon many an impossible adventure and has experienced the range of emotions. Oh the stories they tell… But talking to them today, you realize that they actually relish in every unforgettable memory.

Playbills from Treasure Island 1985, Charlotte’s Web 1994, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 2009, and A Wrinkle In Time 2013.

We visited with artistic leaders Robyn Flatt, Artie Olaisen, and Nancy Schaeffer who have been working to craft everything that goes on in our classrooms and on our stages. We asked them about their recollections of the last 35 years.

“It is with great pride that we celebrate this 35th season anniversary, and the inspiration and enlightenment we have brought to widely diverse families and children through theater that is focused on spotlighting young characters who serve as magnificent role models,” expressed Robyn Flatt, founder and executive artistic director. “This season, we celebrate this most meaningful service to the community. We celebrate our depth of content. We celebrate our alumni, both youth and adult, who have gone on to creative lives from coast to coast. We celebrate our roots and commitment to real creative growth through the development of powerful new works that address tough topics, delightful entertainment, and opportunities for every child.”

Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education, Nancy Schaeffer, was quick to point out the high standards that Robyn set from the beginning. She has overheard many adults being blown away by the productions. She recalls, “Through the years, we have heard feedback from parents that they appreciate our commitment to high quality programming for their children. Parents have told us they feel safe bringing their children to DCT for shows, classes, and more. There is so much out there for a family to spend time on – but parents tell us again and again that they are more than happy when they take the time to come to see live theater with their family. I remember overhearing a mother talking to a child once saying that she loved theater, and she was so excited to be able to finally share that love with her child.”

Associate Artistic Director, Artie Olaisen, can’t believe how the years have flown by. He exclaims, “We stuck to an artistic point of view that was always child-centric. And, despite, overwhelming obstacles, we grew and have survived! At the beginning, we didn’t have two dimes to rub together, but I have had the opportunity to have a life in the Theater and to work with a group of fellow artists that I admired and cared about, and who were committed to building a cultural institution that could and has impacted this community and the field of Theater for Young Audiences.”

Among the three is more than a century of distinct and exceptional artistic work; work that educates and enlightens and inspires ages 2 to 102. The entire staff salutes Robyn, Artie and Nancy for their contribution, and we look forward to what they have cooked up for the next 35 years.

This season’s slate of productions will take audiences on land and sea adventures and excursions through time.

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Linda Blase, Rex Curry, Karen Almond, Lawrence Jenkins

Weigh anchor and set sail with an adventurous cast

Meet the Cast of TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined!

Douglass Burks*
(Blind Pew / Captain Flint / Puppeteer)
A veteran of Dallas area theater, Mr. Burks has worked with Dallas Children’s Theater for many years as an Equity actor, stage manager, sound designer, and director. He is a founding member of the nationally acclaimed Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts and has earned the distinction of Master Puppeteer. A popular actor with DCT audiences, Doug will be remembered for his many roles 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, The Canterville Ghost, and the 2001 production of The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). Mr. Burks was a member of the first graduating class of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.

Alyssa Cavazos**
(Kid / Morgan / Ensemble)
Alyssa Cavazos is elated to be making her DCT debut with this all-star cast and crew! Regional credits include: Perfect Arrangement (Millie) and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Ensemble & Diva/ Marion US) at Uptown Players; The Grown-Up (Rosie) at Flexible Grey Theatre Company; in the reading of Our Space (Facebook) at Pegasus Theatre; in the reading of Another Set of Issues (Harriet) at IMPRINT Theatreworks; The Final Battle (Taylor) at Camp Death Productions; Cymbeline (Helen/Ensemble) at Martinit Theatre NYC; and Miss Saigon (Yvette) and The Music Man (Ensemble/Dance Captain) at Western Playhouse Theatre. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Abilene Christian University. Alyssa would like to thank Dallas Children’s Theater for this wonderful experience, Drew for his undeniable support, and God for His many blessings.

Bwalya Chisanga**
(George / Ensemble)
Bwalya is delighted to be making her debut at DCT! Credits include: Heathers (Heather Duke) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) at Collin Theatre Center. She has also worked with The Firehouse Theatre and Greater Lewisville Community Theatre. She would like to thank her parents, friends and family for their constant love, acceptance and support; and the cast, crew and production team for this lovely experience and opportunity!

Jeffrey Colangelo
(Billy Bones / Israel / Ensemble / Fight Choreographer)
Jeffrey is a writer, director, actor, fight director, co-founder of Prism Movement Theatre, and ensemble member of Cara Mía Theatre Co. He has been working in the DFW area for the last four years for theater companies like Cara Mía Theatre Co., Undermain Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare, WaterTower Theatre, Shakespeare Dallas, and Dallas Theater Center. With Prism Movement Theatre, he has helped a number of original productions come to life like Galatea, Animal vs. Machine, Gog and Magog, and BruNO and lOUIe. He has also written a number of original plays like Pun: A Play on Words and Renaissance Fighters. Jeffrey is also a graduate of the Southern Methodist University theater program and earned his B.F.A. in Theatre in 2013.

Sally Fiorello
(Puppeteer / Pirate / Ensemble / Puppetry Design)
Sally is a Master Puppeteer, director, and senior designer with the critically acclaimed Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts. Since 1973, she has designed over 40 original puppet productions and continues to perform annually with the troupe. She also served as Art Director for Kathy Burks’ award-winning television pilot DISCOVERY OUTPOST. Sally began her association with Dallas Children’s Theater in 1984 where she has served as a director, designer, actor, and consultant for numerous DCT productions. In 1998, she joined the staff as Producing Director of National Tours, overseeing the growing demand for DCT performances throughout the USA and abroad. Active with many arts organizations including The Haymarket Theatre, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pegasus Theatre, and several major touring companies, Sally has been a recipient of the Dallas Theatre Critics Forum Award.

Aaron Jay Green*
(Ben Gunn)
Aaron is thrilled to be returning to Dallas Children’s Theater! Previously spotted here in 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 for making this experience such a…wait for it…… treasure!

Matt Holmes*
(O’Brien / Ensemble)
Matt Holmes is very excited to be returning to Dallas Children’s Theater this fall! Matt is an actor, cellist, and filmmaker in the Dallas area. He was last seen in Jungalbook here at Dallas Children’s Theater. Local and regional work: Perfect Arrangement and It’s Only A Play at Uptown Players; Day Light at Theatre Three; Red at Theatre Arlington; Who Am I This Time? at Circle Theatre; Suckers with IMPRINT Theatreworks at the FIT Festival; The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare Dallas; Becoming Santa Claus at The Dallas Opera; Blink at Ochre House Theater; and The Adventures of Flo and Greg at Echo Theatre. TV/Film/Commercial: Blueberry Hall; Scandal Made Me Famous; Price to Fame; Dr. Pepper commercial; Pizza Hut commercial; Under Armour print; Vindication television series; and Saving Harper Ross television series. He is proudly represented by The Campbell Agency. @holmesmattholmes.

Michael Isaac*
(Squire Trelawney / Ensemble)
Michael has been blessed to perform all over the globe with some favorites including The Full Monty (four times!); Jekyll & Hyde; 1776; Songs for a New World; Honk; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; and just finished Kiss Me, Kate. He wants to thank his family and friends for the endless love and support; and of course his baby boy, Chewbacca. You can follow Michael at @weperformfit.

Ivan Jasso*
(Captain Smollett / Ensemble)
Ivan Jasso is excited to return to the DCT stage after last being seen in Jungalbook (Sherakhan). Ivan is a multidisciplinary artist and has worked with several theater companies in the DFW area including Cara Mía Theatre Co., Shakespeare Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theatre, Ochre House Theater, Amphibian Stage Productions, and Dallas Theater Center. He is signed with the Mary Collins Agency.

Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso
(Mother Hawkins / Ensemble / Chad)
Stephanie was previously seen in DCT’s production of Jungalbook. She has worked with local theater companies including Undermain Theatre where she is a company member; Ochre House Theater; WaterTower Theatre; Amphibian Stage Productions; DGDG; Shakespeare Dallas; Dallas Theater Center; Cara Mía Theatre Co.; The Tribe; Shakespeare in the Bar; Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico; Dead White Zombies; Theatre Three; and Teatro Dallas. In 2015, for her work in Lydia, Stephanie received recognition for Outstanding Acting Performance by the DFW Theater Critics Forum and Best Actress by TheaterJones.

Karl Schaeffer*
(Dr. Livesey / Black Dog / Ensemble)
Karl has appeared in many DCT productions including last season’s Blue. Additional credits include Skippyjon Jones; Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat; Night of the Living Dead; Pinkerton!!!; The Emperor’s New Clothes; Babe, the Sheep-Pig; Holes; The Mummy’s Claw; Pecos Bill; The Island of the Skog; Frankenstein; The Stinky Cheeseman…; Honus & Me; Junie B. Jones & a Little Monkey Business; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; The Pied Piper’s Magic; Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!; Go, Dog. Go!; Charlotte’s Web; Balloonacy; Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook; and Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium. He also performed with Dallas Theater Center, Shakespeare Dallas, and Theatre Three. Karl is an Artist-in-Residence at DCT and teaches video acting classes for the DCT Academy.

Marcus Stimac
(Long John Silver / Fight Captain)
Marcus is absolutely thrilled to be making his debut at Dallas Children’s Theater in one of his favorite stories: Treasure Island. You may have seen Marcus performing on many of Dallas’ local stages with: Shakespeare Dallas, Undermain Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Upstart Productions, Theatre Three, Shakespeare in the Bar, and others. Marcus also provides the voice for many different characters for Funimation. He is very thankful to have this wonderful opportunity and hopes you enjoy the show! Arrrgh!!

Katy Tye
(Jim Hawkins / Movement Director)
Katy is a theater artist in the Dallas area. She has performed locally at multiple theaters, worked with Pilobolus Dance Theater, and has written original plays such as I’m A Girl But My Favorite Color is Blue. Katy co-founded Prism Movement Theatre in 2014 and also helps run Shakespeare in the Bar; two Dallas-based theater groups. Katy received her BFA in Theater Studies from Southern Methodist University in 2015.

Asaf Mor
(Pirate / Ensemble)
Asaf is a multi-disciplinary circus performer trained under Evgeni Baranok of the Moscow State Circus. He has been a regular cast member of Lone Star Circus® with notable solo performances on Aerial Rope in Oh là là (2014), Cyr Wheel in Zingari (2015), and Hula Hoops in Cirque Joyeux (2018). He was also a featured Straps performer in the 84th Hadi Shrine Circus (2017) and a special guest performer at the 69th Intl Jugglers Association Convention (2016).

Josh Porter
(Pirate / Ensemble)
Josh Porter helped with the original workshop for TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined!, and is now excited to be making his official debut with Dallas Children’s Theater in the full production. He received his BFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University in 2014. He has worked with Dallas Theater Center and as an actor and director for Prism Movement Theatre.

 

 

TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined! is NOW PLAYING! Get your tickets today for the cruise of a lifetime.

 

Photos courtesy of the actors.

Celebrating 35 years of storytelling that captures the imagination…

Storytelling comes in many different forms. Children venture into it almost before they can fully talk. They think up imaginary friends and situations in the quiet of their rooms.

They tell loved ones tall tales from their imagination through pictures and gestures. What’s happening in their little brains is incredible. For most of us, it is hard to remember the flurry of activity that takes place in those discovery years; how everything is bigger and brighter and just more spectacular.

This is not a hard concept for the team at Dallas Children’s Theater. For 35 years, we’ve been right there with the young ones as the mouse tried to get in the giant cup; when they saw the giant dinosaur bones; when Charlotte spun her web; or when everything on stage came to life under the moon, to name a few.

It has truly been our privilege to delight and entertain your children, grandchildren and you, for that matter, through the magic of live theater. We know how life-changing a moment in a class or seeing one of these extraordinary plays can be. We see it every day.

We hope all of you will join us for another exceptional year of storytelling as only DCT can provide. Your shared family moments of wonder and surprise begin now with your ticket order for DCT’s 35th Anniversary Season.

Our 2018-2019 season will highlight many of the most memorable characters coming to life on stage. There will be a magical treehouse; travelling through time and space; a hilarious journey to a remote island; a little romance, a hip-hopping musical and an exciting world premiere.


You and I are most likely familiar with many of the titles and stories that are in our upcoming season. We’ve read the books or even seen the films, but to see our kids’ faces when those stories come to life, live right in front of us… is one of the magical moments that we get to experience as grownups. You won’t want to miss it, and your children will always remember it.

There’s no better place than DCT to create fond, family memories!

Choose four titles from our regular offerings and just like that, you’re a DCT season ticket holder. Season ticket holders enjoy the best benefits including the lowest prices offered all year long!

 

PHOTO CREDITS:
istockphoto[dot]com, Patty Bates-Ballard, Lawrence Jenkins, Linda Blase, Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, courtesy of Adventure Theatre MTC. Photography by Sarah Straub, Karen Almond, and DCT staff.

DCT Celebrates Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th!

To celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, DCT produced six videos with Captain BJ along with activity sheets to get you familiar with the lingo. Check them out, mateys!

 

Video #1:

Doubloon, Blimey, Daft, Crow’s nest, Bellowed

Download activity sheet #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video #2:

Yonder, Heave, Husky, Affy-davy or Davy, Marooned

Download activity sheet #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video #3:

Shiver me timbers, Batten, Hash, Scoundrel, Jove

Download activity sheet #3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video #4:

Eyeglass, Mast, Vessel, Farthing, Rogue

Download activity sheet #4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video #5:

Shirking, Lubber, Belay, Port, Berth

Download activity sheet #5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video #6:

Starboard, Galley, Crackie, Huzza, Naught

Download activity sheet #6

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

September 23 – October 21, 2018

Recommended for 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:

  • Sunday, September 23, 1:30 PM – Opening Day
  • Sunday, September 23, 4:30 PM
  • Friday, September 28, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, September 29, 1:30 PM
  • Sunday, September 30, 1:30 PM
  • Sunday, September 30, 4:30 (ASL)
  • Saturday, October 6, 1:30 PM
  • Sunday, October 7, 1:30 PM
  • Sunday, October 7, 4:30 PM
  • Saturday, October 13, 1:30 PM (Sensory-Friendly)(Phone orders only. See dct.org/sensory for details)
  • 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

To purchase tickets and obtain more information about the show, visit dct.org, or call the Box Office at 214-740-0051.

TITLE SPONSORS: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Half Price Books

Photo by: Linda Blase

TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined! What’s it all about?

Dallas librarian Jonathan Carr describes the classic tale Treasure Island and shares why he is excited to see DCT’s reimagined version on stage this fall.

 

 

#1: Read the book. On sale in the DCT store, one is rated for ages 8 – 12 and up; the other is perfect for ages 4 to 6.

 

 

 

 

#2: Check out DCT’s TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined! Study Guide. Did you know that we create this resource for every show? Find it here.

 

 

 

 

#3: Read this article about why DCT was inspired to tell this story.

This production will appeal to a wide range of ages because of all of the movement and audience interaction.

 

#4: Practice your pirate! DCT produced six videos with Captain BJ along with activity sheets to get you familiar with the lingo. Check them out.

 

 

 

 

Video #1:

Doubloon, Blimey, Daft, Crow’s nest, Bellowed

Download activity sheet #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video #2:

Yonder, Heave, Husky, Affy-davy or Davy, Marooned

Download activity sheet #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video #3:

Shiver me timbers, Batten, Hash, Scoundrel, Jove

Download activity sheet #3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video #4:

Eyeglass, Mast, Vessel, Farthing, Rogue

Download activity sheet #4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video #5:

Shirking, Lubber, Belay, Port, Berth

Download activity sheet #5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video #6:

Starboard, Galley, Crackie, Huzza, Naught

Download activity sheet #6

 

 

 

 

 

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

September 23 – October 21, 2018

Recommended for 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:

  • Sunday, September 23, 1:30 PM – Opening Day
  • Sunday, September 23, 4:30 PM
  • Friday, September 28, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, September 29, 1:30 PM
  • Sunday, September 30, 1:30 PM
  • Sunday, September 30, 4:30 (ASL)
  • Saturday, October 6, 1:30 PM
  • Sunday, October 7, 1:30 PM
  • Sunday, October 7, 4:30 PM
  • Saturday, October 13, 1:30 PM (Sensory-Friendly)(Phone orders only. See dct.org/sensory for details)
  • 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

To purchase tickets and obtain more information about the show, visit dct.org, or call the Box Office at 214-740-0051.

TITLE SPONSORS: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Half Price Books

Photo by: Linda Blase