Dallas Children's Theater Blog

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Construction “Diary”

Dear “Diary”, this afternoon, we checked out the amazing “insect world” under construction in the Baker Theater for DCT’s upcoming production of Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly, which starts on Friday, May 4th!

Audiences will be in for a special treat when they come see this coolest ever rock-n-roll romp in a bug’s world. The lives of some very endearing insects – Worm, Spider and Fly – will be magnified into a whimsical, over-the-top wonderland.

Our Production staff showed us a graphic (pictured to the right) to give us an idea what the full set for the show will look like in its completion.

On stage, there will be a lush outdoor landscape with twenty-foot grass, magnificent tree roots, underground tunnels and a gigantic spider web! What more could a bug ask for!

We can’t wait to see this insect world come to life! Stay tuned for more updates to come!

For more information on the show and to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 214-740-0051, or visit www.dct.org.

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!


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:

DCT’s unique partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and West Dallas Community School

Students from West Dallas Community School were treated to an extra special field trip experience at Dallas Children’s Theater in October 2011.
After watching the Dallas Children’s Theater stage adaptation of Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, based on the popular children’s book that the students read in class, the group stayed in their front row seats for an encore presentation.

Amanda and George P. Bush, nephew of former president George W. Bush, thanked the students in person for their participation in an essay writing contest in which they were challenged to re-tell to Alexander about their no good, very bad day.

The winners of the contest had been hand selected by former first lady Barbara Bush, who greeted the students in a pre-recorded message. “I have read these wonderful essays, and I must say, you are a very talented and imaginative group of students,” Mrs. Bush applauded. “I want to thank the Dallas Children’s Theater and West Dallas Community School for joining me in this special project that helped promote reading, my favorite thing in the world.

Unbeknownst to the contest winners, their proud parents snuck into the theater before the show and then congratulated their excited children after receiving their recognition.