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!

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