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

Here are some resources for creating your own living room concert!

Time to make music…

 

¡Hola! Grammy Nominee family artist Sonia De Los Santos is smiling through quarantine, because she’s making videos for families to enjoy all around the world! Her activities and songs provide hours of entertainment.

 

About Sonia: Sonia was nominated in 2019 for a Latin Grammy® with her second family music album titled ¡Alegría! and has been hailed by Billboard as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know” and “Best Latin Children’s Music”.

She has been featured on NBC’s Visiones, Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN’s Kids Corner among others. She has also made numerous appearances as a singer and guitarist on TV shows like ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s The Early Show, and Sprout’s The Sunny Side up Show and has performed with her band in renowned venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, The Getty Museum, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and many more.
Source: soniadelossantosmusic[dot]com/meet-sonia

Ever wanted to make your own musical instrument?

If you’re feeling crafty, make your own rainstick with Little Island, New York teaching artist, Kelsey Van Ert, out of common household materials. It’s a ton of fun, and so relaxing to listen to because it sounds just like rain!

Did you know? The rainstick is a traditional instrument thought to have originated in Chile. People hollowed-out cactus branches, inserted cactus spines and then filled them with pebbles, raw rice, or dried beans.

Plan a music night with your family and enjoy these great resources!

Activities to help you spend time with your Nana virtually!

In times of social distancing, it can be difficult to maintain true connection with our beloved grandparents. But with these activities, DCT offers some fruitful and fun engagement that can be collaborated on together from a distance. Check them out, take a look back at our amazing season, and connect! Don’t forget to share your results with us via family@dct.org!

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Encourage your child to interview a grandparent or someone else dear to them. The goal of the exercise is to help them see that through a spirit of kindness, we can appreciate the different perspectives and experiences of others, especially our elders.

Click here to get the story Click here to get the worksheet

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR CHRISTMAS SHOW

Encourage your child to fill out, either by drawing a picture or writing, the left half of the attached exercise, and have a grandparent or someone else close to them fill out the right. The goal of the exercise is to trade compliments and give the child (and whoever works with them!) some simple positive reinforcement for sharing and expressing themselves.

Click here to get the story Click here to get the worksheet

LITTLE WOMEN: THE MUSICAL

Encourage your child to write a letter (or e-mail if more convenient) to a grandparent or someone dear to them. Ask them to retell a story they have recently heard or seen – it can be silly or serious. Make sure they indicate the source of the story. Write back and tell them a favorite story of yours and how you experienced it. The goal of the exercise is to allow the child to not only examine how they like to get their information, but also to help them discover their own preferences and organically establish connections with others.

Click here to get the story Click here to get the worksheet

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!

Encourage your child, as well as a grandparent or someone dear to them to fill out the following “I learned” sheet throughout the day. At the end of the day, have them either e-mail or show their sheets to each other. The goal of this exercise is to strengthen awareness of learning in everyday life, and to enforce that even as a grown-up, you never stop learning important lessons!

Click here to get the story Click here to get the worksheet

LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET

Even though the current crisis kept this beautiful production from making it to the stage, the curtain will rise on it hopefully some time next season. So go ahead and get ready by doing this activity. Encourage your child to 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!

Click here to get the story Click here to get the worksheet

Photos credits: by Karen Almond Lawrence Jenkins and via stock photo.

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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