Dec 062011
 

Madeline’s Christmas is a Must See Magical Adventure!

Madeline's Christmas - Dallas Children's Theater

If you haven’t seen Madeline’s Christmas at Dallas Children’s Theater yet, you should go! I wrote a full review about it on my North Texas Kids blog. My hubby and I took the kids to see it on the show’s opening night. It was absolutely wonderful! Probably the best of DCT’s shows we’ve seen yet, particularly because of the special effects which are very nicely done!

Upcoming performances dates and times for Madeline’s Christmas are:

Saturday, 12/10 –  1:30pm & 4:30pm
Sunday, 12/11 –  1:30pm & 4:30pm

Saturday, 12/17 - 1:30pm & 4:30pm
Sunday, 12/18 – 1:30pm & 4:30pm

Tuesday, 12/20 – 10am & 1:30pm
Wednesday, 12/21 – 10am & 1:30pm
Thursday, 12/22 – 10am & 1:30pm

Madeline’s Christmas is playing through December 22nd at Dallas Children’s Theater and you can purchase tickets online.

 

Oct 062011
 

 

The Dallas Children’s Theater is offering a special discount of 50% on adult and children’s admission for Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day through Sunday, October 23rd. Use code CAKE when you check out.

This discount is not valid with any other offer or for the 4:30pm showing on Saturday. The offer is also subject to availability. Ticket prices with discount are $9-$23, plus web and phone fees. Visit www.dct.org or call 214-740-0051.

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day is totally hilarious and your kids will love it!! Check out my review of the show here at the North Texas Kids Blog.

Image Credit: Karen Almond Photography

Sep 082011
 

I’m so excited about 2011-2012 season at The Dallas Children’s Theater! They’ve got a great line up of shows the whole family can enjoy. I’m particularly looking forward to The Nutcracker and Young King Arthur presented by the Kathy Burk Puppetry Theater. The master puppeteers do a fantastic job! The twins are looking forward to seeing “Alexander” in a couple of weeks. I think they get a kick out of the play’s title more than anything else at this point. I’ll post about our experience so be sure to check back.

DCT is doing something new this year. Following each show’s first Friday 7:30pm performance and DCT’s traditional autographs session, patrons can enjoy Red Carpet treatment with live music, refreshments, one free show poster per family and even more time to mingle with the show’s cast. The opening night celebration for  ”Alexander” will be a fun pajama party–the twins can’t wait!

Here’s DCT’s 2011 – 2012 lineup:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
September 23 – October 23, 2011

Book and Lyrics by Judith Viorst, Music by Shelly Markham.

Excerpt: A totally awesome musical adaptation of the popular children’s book. Just when it can’t get any worse, there are lima beans for supper and – yuck! – kissing on TV. It’s enough to make anyone want to go to Australia! Enjoyed by ages 5 and up.

 

Madeline’s Christmas
November 18 – December 22, 2011

By Ludwig Bemelmans, Book and Lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby, Music by Shirley Mier.

Excerpt: C’est Madeline!  She’s back! The famous and precocious little sweetheart returns to picturesque Paris for another merry magic carpet ride this holiday season.  Joyeux Noël and Bonne Année! Enjoyed by ages 5 and up.

 

The Nutcracker
November 18 – December 22, 2011

Presented by the Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts. Adapted for the stage by B. Wolf, Music by P.I. Tchaikovsky

Excerpt: Tchaikovsky’s holiday masterpiece magically brought to life with dazzling puppetry. A critically acclaimed staging reinvented for DCT’s intimate Studio Theater.  Guaranteed to sell-out! Enjoyed by all ages.

 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
January 20 – February 26, 2012

Based on the book by Laura Numeroff, Adapted by Jody Davidson

Excerpt: Home alone and warned NOT to make a mess, a young boy discovers if you give a mouse a cookie… ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!  Don’t miss this DCT Family Favorite. Enjoyed by ages 4 and up.

 

The Secret Life of Girls
February 10 – 26, 2012

By Linda Daugherty

Excerpt: An honest, unflinching, and timely look at the destructive world of girl bullying.  This dynamic play is sweeping the country. A dramatic family event with an insightful dialogue following every performance. Enjoyed by ages 12 and up.

 

Young King Arthur
March 9 – April 7, 2012

Presented by the Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts. Adapted for the stage by B. Wolf

Excerpt: Steeped in British legend and myth, the beloved story of a boy whose destiny to become king unfolds before your eyes in this WORLD PREMIERE puppet production.  Who will pull the sword from the stone? Enjoyed by ages 5 and up.

 

Anne of Green Gables
March 23 – April 15, 2012

By L.M. Montgomery, Adapted for the stage by R. N. Sandberg.

Excerpt: All the trials and triumphs of Canada’s enduring family classic! Travel northeast to Prince Edward Island and fall in love with one of literature’s most unforgettable young heroines, the spirited Anne Shirley. Enjoyed by ages 10 and up.

 

Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
May 4 – June 3, 2012

By Joan Cushing, Adapted from the books by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Harry Bliss.

Excerpt: The coolest ever rock-n-roll romp in a bug’s world, capturing all the droll humor and whimsy of the wildly popular books. You might just find that a bug’s life is not all that different from your own. A Southwest Premiere! Enjoyed by ages 4 and up.

 

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
June 22 – July 15, 2012

Based on the book by John Steptoe, Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott.

Excerpt: The Caldecott Award winning Cinderella tale returns!  This summer, celebrate goodness, generosity and love with traditional chanting, rhythmic drumming, and glorious African song. Enjoyed by all ages.

You can get individual show tickets on The Dallas Children’s Theater website. If you become a season subscriber, you can enjoy substantial savings.  Packages range from $56 for 4 plays up to $144 for all 9 productions this season.  As a season subscriber, you also have the advantage of not having to wait in the general admission line. Call 214-740-0051 for more info. on season tickets.

Hope you and your family will get to enjoy DCT’s quality productions!

Image Credit: Dallas Children’s Theater

Jun 272011
 

Last weekend, my children and I got to see “The Pied Piper’s Magic” at Dallas Children’s Theater. We’ve been to several of their shows and have not been disappointed with the quality of DCT’s productions.

This show a was a stage adaptation of Steven Kellogg’s book, “The Pied Piper’s Magic.” It was a special treat for us because we got to meet Steven Kellogg at a pre-show book signing! He was really nice and took the time to write detailed autographs in every book that was presented to him.

Steven Kellogg's autograph in my kids' copy of "The Pied Piper's Magic"

The show was really uplifting–quite unlike the traditional story of a punitive and greedy Pied Piper. The production had a bunch of young actors too. It was the largest cast of characters we’ve seen yet and the whole experience was fun!

During the show, my kids remembered that Deborah Brown, who plays Elbavol in “The Pied Piper’s Magic,” was part of the cast in another of DCT’s shows: “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.”

Deborah Brown as Elbavol (the bride in this photo) Photo by Karen Almond

Even better was that they recognized B.J. Cleveland from that show as well and he was in the audience! Guess both of these wonderful actors made a big impression on my children. I went up to B.J. after the show to tell him about my kids recognizing him and he was nice enough to take a photo with them.

B.J. Cleveland from "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs"

What a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon! The only downside was that my husband wasn’t able to join us like he usually does, but a good friend of mine came along with her daughter to help keep an eye on my kids.

“The Pied Piper’s Magic” plays Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 17th and you can check out my review here at DFWmama.com. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

 

 

 

Mar 232011
 

Tuck Everlasting is starting at the Dallas Children’s Theater this weekend. I wish my kids were old enough to see this show as it sounds like it is going to be a good one.

The story takes place in the year 1870 and is about a young girl named Winnie Foster. Winnie ventures beyond her own gate and learns the powerful secret of the Tuck family.  Can she keep it, or will she be a part of it?  Told from a youth perspective, Tuck Everlasting addresses the concept of immortality and the beauty of the cycle of life.

Enjoyed by ages 10 and up; rated (YARD) DCT’s Young Adult Rated Drama (YARD).

Visit the DCT website for more information and to purchase tickets.