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Astonishing Kids And Families With The Fun of Broadway-Like Plays and A Lot More!

Virtual classes/one-week camps now available for registration!

Have a loved one in Pre-K through 12th grade? We have a cool virtual class for you!

 

 

 

 

DCT has always been founded on a deep love of art and education. Even in challenging times that cornerstone remains! While in-person socialization is not possible, we are still offering a wonderful variety of virtual classes taught by experienced teaching artists. Opportunities for fundamental whole-brain learning, and a whole lot of fun await those who sign up!

Miss Alyssa, Miss Emily, and Miss Lindsey return to lead K-3rd, with experienced Pre-K teaching artist Miss Amelia handling the youngest group. With a special focus on movement and play, these younger classes will get to enjoy a variety of warm-ups and theater games split into two Zoom sessions and two additional videos that students can watch and enjoy as many times as they’d like on their own.


DCT’s own Gena Loe (a favorite in many DCT shows, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ELLA ENCHANTED: THE MUSICAL, Magic Tree House’s A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS and more) will be teaching dance for grades 4-6.

Work with DCT’s Miss Pam to master the essential elements of music theory. This class will help build your confidence as a singer and performer. Be ready to ace your next audition and musical theater role. A once in a lifetime opportunity.

Explore something new while at home! Meet up with your favorite DCT teachers and friends in fun interactive Zoom classes! Receive videos for fun anytime learning and creative exploration! Info on how to join the class via Zoom and other information will be sent after registration.

 


The amazing and talented Jeff Swearingen is back to offer a virtual workshop opportunity like no other! Jeff will lead students through an exploration of how Improvisation techniques can be used for writing. Students will use some of the same prompts and activities that professional actors, writers, improv artists and comedians use to create material. He will help each student find their own voice as they unleash their creativity in new and exciting ways. Under Jeff’s direction students will also have opportunities to perform the work created by the class.

Work with DCT’s Miss Pam to master the essential elements of music theory. This class will help build your confidence as a singer and performer. Be ready to ace your next audition and musical theater role. A once in a lifetime opportunity.

 


Photo credits: Karen Almond and DCT staff

DCT is offering virtual classes for Pre-K and up…Check them out…

Zoom into Improv or Shake it up with some Shakespeare!

ZOOM INTO MAY IMPROV & COMEDY VIRTUAL CLASS grades 7th-12th

ZOOM into May with Improv and Comedy! Join Jeff Swearingen, master comedian and improv artist. Meet up with other teens to take on improv and comedy right from your very own home! See new ways you can create comedy and explore improv. Get ready, get set – Zoom into Improv!

Classes will take place on Thursdays May 7, 14, 21, 2020 3:00pm-4:00pm

Class cost is $50 nonrefundable

Info on how to join the class via Zoom and other information will be sent upon registration.

SHAKING UP SHAKESPEARE VIRTUAL CLASS grades 8th-12th

Work with award-winning actress, director, teacher, performer Diana Sheehan from your own home! Learn to speak the speech trippingly on the tongue with this fun and energizing dive into Shakespeare’s language, poetry and wit. All students will be given the opportunity to work closely on monologues, sonnets and songs from the Bard’s “greatest hits.” Explore how funny, irreverent, and relevant Shakespeare’s words can be.

No previous experience with Shakespeare required.

Class will take place on Mondays 3:00-4:00pm May 4, 11, 18, 2020

Plus, each student will have one half-hour private Zoom session during office hours (to be scheduled during the three-week session.)

 

photo credit: Karen Almond

Looking for a fun way to recycle all those toilet paper rolls?

Introducing Mouse Calls with Milo…

Episode 1: Milo and Friend Trish Make Puppets out of Toilet Paper Rolls

Meet Milo, a very good-natured and jovial mouse from Great Britain. He is visiting his very talented and longtime friends in America. You never know what they’ll be up to. Click below to watch the first episode now…

Here is what you will need: 

 

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Construction paper
  • Pencil and a dark marker
  • Ruler
  • Patterns (download here)

 

 

 

Be on the lookout for more Mouse Calls!

Bring Edward Tulane’s Kate DiCamillo and Broadway to your living room!

Remember THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE from DCT’s 2015-2016 Season?

You’re in luck! Beloved author Kate DiCamillo is teaming up with St. Paul Magazine’s senior writer Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl to start a book club! DiCamillo will be reading, discussing, and taking questions from the audience about this incredible story. This is an amazing opportunity for children’s book lovers everywhere!

The original event is now full, but due to demand, you can watch the live broadcast via her Facebook page or via the bookstore’s YouTube Channel.

 

 

 


Every day brings new opportunities to learn and experience something new – even when you’re stuck inside! We are proud to be able to share the innovations straight from Broadway.

Costumes, Makeup, Cookies! What’s not to love? Here’s a list of Broadway-themed activities you can do at home, brought to you by Broadway Direct!

We’ll see you again soon!

First photo by Karen Almond

Good shows, good reading: DCT has some resources for you!

How about Broadway and Harry Potter for your to-do list? DCT recommends these digital resources.

Check out this master list of all the shows you can stream from your home computer. The list updates daily, so no more searching!

 

 

 

In times of struggle, it’s always comforting to return to old favorites. JK Rowling has recently launched an information hub filled with fun facts, trivia, and activities all centered around the wizarding world!

Oh the things we’ll have to talk about when we get back together…

We’ll see you at the theater soon!

Stuck indoors? Dallas Children’s Theater has a care package for you!

At DCT, we fully believe that kindness is endless – it gives and it grows…and we can learn so much by passing kindness from one to another.

We miss you, and we send heartfelt wishes to you and your family for good health and good cheer in these challenging times. In the meantime, thanks to many of our colleagues, we’re sharing some creative resources from teaching artists around the country. Enjoy!

To start us off, we remember some of the words of our youngest, wisest patrons. We hope they give you a smile!

Treehouse Shakers Theater in New York, NY has offered the full footage of their show – HATCHED on Vimeo. Check it out! (recommended for ages 2-6)

Trusty Sidekick Theater is also sharing footage of shows for FREE every day, check them out here. (recommended for ages 2-5) Note: You can provide an email address or click “No Thanks” in order to access the videos.  

The incredible Kennedy Center in Washington DC is offering LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems every weekday at 1:00pm. Drawing lessons, Q&A’s, and interactive doodle-sessions make for a great afternoon! Missed the lesson? Don’t worry, you can watch the whole thing online! (recommended for all ages)

Have a wonderful day and remember…

Be safe. Be well. Be encouraged and most importantly…Be kind.

Kids say it best; check out their thoughts on kindness…

All season, we’ve had a “kindness table” set up in our DCT lobby, where children (as well as adults!) were asked to share what kindness means to them.

The answers have been incredible: touching, hilarious, and varied. We’ve taken great joy in compiling some of our favorites.

To begin with, we have the small sacrifices:

We have the facts…

We have older generations helping younger generations…

We have some appreciation for animals…

We have some wonderful poems…

And, we have some beautiful grown-up stories that show kindness is really for everyone…

This is by no means a comprehensive list of the loving words by our shorter and taller friends. There are so many more than what we can list in this e-news. We hope this brought some joy to your day!

 

What do your children do when they face something different? Are they kind?

DCT Mom, Sherry Ward, shares her thoughts and experiences with children and difference.

The book, Last Stop On Market Street, won several awards for many reasons. I loved finding a video of the book being read aloud by the author while on a city bus, and having everyone, of all ages, totally captivated.

There are so many times when we all go through the “haves and have-nots” comparison with our peers. Why do they have this, but I don’t have this…it feels unfair. But, one of the last lines of the book speaks to the perspective that Nana tries to encourage CJ to think about. “Sometimes when you’re surrounded by dirt, CJ, you’re a better witness for what’s beautiful.”

I have ridden a city bus several times because I am in a wheelchair, and I don’t have a car, and it’s given me a unique perspective that my kids just don’t have right now. However, my kids do know what it’s like to have a mom in a wheelchair, and this has organically passed to their friends who now know what it’s like to be comfortable around a grownup in a wheelchair.

When I see kids looking at me with curiosity, I always try to make eye contact and smile at them, and usually they smile back. It makes me happy when they don’t turn away quickly in that way kids do when their grownups tell them not to stare. It’s that human connection that we all want to have regardless of our differences.

Please come see this beautiful production. Hopefully you and your youngster will leave with a better understanding of how to also live with your minds and hearts open. We will see you at the theater!


LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET
By Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
Produced by special arrangement with GURMAN AGENCY, LLC, a theatrical literary agency. gurmanagency[dot]com. World Premiere Produced by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte November 2018. Adam Burke Artistic Director.
March 21 – April 5
Ages 4 and up

On a Sunday after church in a bustling, ethnically and culturally diverse American city, CJ and his Nana board the public bus for their weekly trip across town to help out at a soup kitchen. Along the way, CJ notices the many differences among people and asks tons of curious questions: Why don’t we have a car? How come that man can’t see? How come it’s always so dirty over there? How?…Why?…With Nana’s fearless and compassionate guidance, CJ discovers that everyone and everything has a unique rhythm and purpose; that the world’s got answers if we listen with more than our ears and see with more than our eyes. This inspiring and imaginative play is based on The New York Times bestseller that won a Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and a Caldecott Honor.

Performance Dates and Times
Saturday, March 21, 1:30 PM
Sunday, March 22, 1:30 PM
Sunday, March 22, 4:30 PM (ASL)
Sunday, March 29, 1:30 PM
Saturday, April 4, 1:30 PM
Saturday, April 4, 4:30 PM
Sunday, April 5, 1:30 PM

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What can you wear to the last performances of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE?

You have 3 decades to choose from!

Ah, the 70s. The origin point for Schoolhouse Rock: 1973. Picture Farah Fawcett, Liza Mannelli, Saturday Night Fever, big jewelry and bigger personalities. This was the age of disco, bell-bottoms, jumpsuits, patches and fringe, metallics, hot pants, and paisley. And don’t get us started on the puffy shirts…

Next, we have the 80s: 1985 is when Schoolhouse Rock finished its run– when we as a society were neck deep in neon, acid-wash jeans, denim on more denim, shoulder pads, track suits, and ruffles. Our hair was full and wild and mullets grew without fear of condemnation.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the 90s. The rise of grunge, transformation of punk, and the beginning of the age of the individual. Think of the movie Clueless, scrunchies, chokers, crop tops, baggy pants, and of course, reruns of Schoolhouse Rock!

Don’t miss the last three performances of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE this weekend!

Hurry, seats going fast! Sat., Feb. 22 at 1:30 PM

Hurry, seats going fast! Sun., Feb. 23 at 1:30 PM

Sun., Feb. 23 at 4:30 PM


SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!

Originally Conceived and Directed by Scott Ferguson
Book by Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall, and George Keating
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall, and Tom Yohe
Directed by Nancy Schaeffer

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. MTIShows[dot]com

Now thru February 23
Ages 5 and up

If you were a kid from the early 70s to mid 80s when this series was first on TV, or in the mid 90s when it ran again; you owe it to yourself to go back in time to the good old days. Relive how fun learning English, history, science, and math was thanks to Saturday morning television and this pop culture phenomenon! There’s no time like the present to start teaching the rest of the family such megahits as Conjunction Junction, Just A Bill, Three Is A Magic Number, and others so everyone can be a part of the show! Join nervous school teacher Tom, and all of those crazy cart

Nana Moments: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET

“How come we don’t got a car?” is one of the questions CJ asks his grandmother on their way to the last stop on Market Street. Many of us have been asked similar questions by our own children and grandchildren: “Why don’t I have what they have?” “Did you have what I have?” How do you answer?

The world has changed over the years, but the stresses of “keeping up with the Joneses” have not. Kids (and adults too) struggle with comparing their lives and assets to that of others. The effort to resolve these differences can be overwhelming, and expensive. There is a lot to be said for the adults who face these questions head on, and at the same time, help their young people to see that there is more to life than material things. Simple timeless journeys – showing off the loveliness of nature with a walk in the park in a busy city, for example – have the wonderful effect of opening young minds to the possibilities for growth amongst hardship, and life outside of material things. Grandparents are an invaluable resource when it comes time to navigate those difficult questions. Everyone, at any age, can connect and relate with the fact that, sometimes, for all you want, there is still so much that you have, and still even more that you can give.

Now, here’s an exercise you can download and pass on to the questioning CJ in your life. Have your child interview a grandparent or loved one about their experiences over the years and what they have seen. The goal of the exercise is to capture, for a moment, another loving-yet-real, perspective of the world. Encourage the child to come up with their own questions to ask!

Invite the grandmas and grandpas in your world to see LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET March 21-April 5, and don’t forget to have some fun at BALLOONACY coming up April 18!

Family bonding time is great at a DCT play.  Buy tickets at dct.org!