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“Mouse” Opening Festivities!

It was literally an awesome flipping pre-show!

On Friday, January 20th, Dallas Children’s Theater celebrated the opening of its latest show “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” with acrobats, juggling and lots of confetti.

“I think it’s fantastic!” one young girl exclaimed.

Not only did kids & parents get to watch some amazing circus tricks, they got to participate, too! Kids played with hula hoops, juggled scarves and balanced plastic plates on sticks!

The Man Becoming the Mouse

It is not every day that students in Lone Star Circus’s silks class at the Palaestra wear mouse ears and a tail, but Karl Schaeffer needs to practice with his costume pieces to prepare for the circus elements in his upcoming role as the mischevous Mouse in DCT’s production of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”.


On Tuesday morning, Karl showed off his best upside down balancing moves. He makes twirling around on the silks look so easy (and fun!), but it also takes a tremendous amount of upper body strength and balance.


Curious classmates asked Karl about his costume pieces and seemed impressed by his moves on the silks.


“Are you a man or a mouse?” one classmate kidded.


Another young lady asked if she could take a picture on her camera phone wearing the mouse ears and tail.


We’re all impressed with Karl’s training on the silks thus far! Be sure to stay tuned to the DCT Blog for updates on his training throughout the rehearsal process!

A Mouse, Cookies & Circus! Opening Night on January 20th!

We sympathized with Alexander’s terrible, horrible, very bad day and wore our favorite pajamas in support of his first performance at the Rosewood Center back in September.


During the holidays, we were serenaded by the Dallas Symphony Christmas Celebration Children’s Choir in the lobby before the debut performances of Madeline’s Christmas and The Nutcracker.


In 2012, Dallas Children’s Theater is taking the Opening Night experience to a whole other level. Before the doors to the Baker Theater open on Friday, January 20th for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, early arrivers will be treated to an unforgettable pre-show spectacular! It’s almost going to be like a…


Oh yes, that’s right – it will be a circus!


Aerialists twirling on silks from the ceiling? Jugglers? Clowns? They will all be performing in the front lobby of the Rosewood Center from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.


You may remember our friends from Lone Star Circus who performed their mesmerizing presentation of Cirque Banquisté over the New Year’s weekend. Their student and professional performers will be treating our Opening Night attendees to the unbelievable pre-show that they did during Banquisté. We are sure they will bring plenty of confetti (and many other marvelous surprises) with them!


And then, after you have become a circus expert, you can try to identify some circus themes incorporated into DCT’s production of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.  It’ll be like an evening under the “Big Top” you’ll never forget!


Did we also mention that Tiff’s Treats will generously provide FREE milk and cookies during the intermission on that evening?


This Opening Night experience on Friday, January 20th surely will be a fast selling event! To purchase tickets, contact the Box Office at 214-740-0051, or visit our website at https://www.dct.org.


Want to get an idea of what our Opening Night experiences look like? Check out footage from our past events, including more information about the birthday list, autographs and FREE posters!


Madeline Cast Party at Dallas Children’s Theater

Sometimes at Dallas Children’s Theater, the performance carries on beyond the stage.


After wrapping the final 1:30 p.m. performance of Madeline’s Christmas on December 22nd, the cast headed upstairs to DCT’s Gables room, where the young actresses treated their loved ones and some DCT staff to an encore, a cappella version of the final musical number from the show.


It was a sentimental moment – simultaneously singing in unison and passing presents counterclockwise from one person to the next for their gift exchange.


They’ve all had an adventure: from night rehearsals during the fall, to performances for the public and school groups, to the final hurrah at their cast party for a successful show run.


With memories to last, we now wish all our friends and loved ones a Bonne Année (that means Happy New Year)!

C’est…what? DCT’s Madeline Actresses on Learning French Accents

While Dallas Children’s Theater usually features adult actors on stage, Madeline’s Christmas has a cast full of young actresses singing, dancing and flying through the air on magic carpets.

We recently caught up with the two talented, adorable young ladies, Sarah Youngblood and Madie Buckles, who play the role of “Madeline” on alternating performances. They told us about their experience learning a completely new dialect in order to bring to life the spunky, beloved character Madeline on stage for the DCT audience:

Life Imitates Art at Dallas Children’s Theater

In the first book of Ludwig Bemelman’s MADELINE series, the young heroine is rushed to the hospital with appendicitis.

Madie Buckles, one of the two girls alternating in the role of Madeline, noticed her right side hurting during rehearsal at DCT one night in October, and she learned the hard way how life can imitate art.

When the young actress told us about it, she even quoted from the book, “The doctor said, ‘It’s her appendix!’,” she said in the French accent she learned for the show. “Not really, he just said it was appendicitis.”

Though in the book, Madeline was in the hospital for “about 20 days – a long time,” according to Madie, “I was lucky to get out in 3 days.” Upon her return to rehersal after her operation, Madie was greeted by yellow daisies from all her castmates.