2012-13 for Dallas Children's Theater

Next season, DCT has a world premiere musical about the teen brain, a special puppet import from Australia, and more.

published Thursday, May 17, 2012

The 2012-'13 season for the Dallas Children's Theater has been announced, and the organization has produced a cutie-cute video for the announcement.

The new season has some familiar titles (Goodnight Moon, A Wrinkle in Time), two productions from Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts, a world premiere musical from Linda Daugherty and Nick Martin about the teenage brain, and a special presentation from Terrapin Puppet Theatre of Australia, called Boats (you can see a video preview of Boats at the bottom of this article).

Watch this video first, and then jump below the video to see the Dallas Children's Theater news release and their full line-up for 2012-13.




(Dallas, TX)  Your permission to pass into worlds of inspiration is here!  Dallas Children's Theater (DCT) announces an astonishing roundup for the theater's 29th season: Passport to Imagination.  From adventures around the globe to transporting through space and time, DCT is a doorway to an unlimited realm of creativity!

New this season is a unique and special Passport to Imagination workbook.  The booklet will be free to each child in a Season Subscriber's family and will be available for sale to single ticket purchasers.  It will be filled with show-specific travel tidbits, room for kids to document their show experiences, general kid-friendly travel activities, opportunities to receive free concessions and other great prizes.  Similar to international travel, children will get a stamp for each adventure (show) they attend!

This year, DCT tapped students in its Academy classes to help spread the word about the wonderful upcoming season.  "It was really a fun experience," one student said.  "We love taking classes at DCT and being able to see our teachers shine on stage.  It really gives us something to work toward."  Watch DCT's Passport to Imagination video and admire the talents of students from the Academy program at

Continuing this season DCT offers added value on opening nights.  During each show's first Friday 7:30 pm performance, enjoy Red Carpet treatment with music, free treats, one free show poster per family and special surprises.  Your Passport to Imagination is alive and well on the DCT stage, and you don't want to miss the fun!

"Dallas Children's Theater is a family journey," says Robyn Flatt, DCT's Executive Artistic Director.  "We provide experiences that the whole family can enjoy together, inspiring lifelong memories.  A creative spark lives in each one of us, and we aim to be the flame that ignites it."  The 2012-2013 season includes professional regional premieres, a world premiere musical performed by and for teens, the return of blockbuster favorites and colorful stage adaptations of beloved books.

The 2012-2013 season kicks off in September 2012 and continues through July 2013 with ten productions:



Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann; Music by John Gregor; Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann; Based on the book PINKALICIOUS by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann

September 21 – October 21, 2012

This musical adaptation of the most sparkling book ever is a celebration of FAMILY and LOVE!  When Pinkalicious bites off more than she can chew, it takes a whole lot of bravery to find her true colors again.  Its infectious fun has audiences cheering across the country!



Adapted by Allison Gregory, Based on the book series by Barbara Park

November 16 – December 22, 2012

Deck the halls!  First graders Junie B., Herb, José and the gang are back!  Based on the wildly popular book series by Barbara Park, see the world thru the eyes of a sassy and impulsive first grader and her schoolmates in this laugh-out-loud holiday production.  It's Merry Mayhem filled with Junie B. Joy and Glee!


Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts


Adapted for the stage by B. Wolf, Music by P.I. Tchaikovsky

November 16 – December 23, 2012

Tchaikovsky's holiday masterpiece magically brought to life with dazzling puppetry.  Kathy Burks & Company revive their critically acclaimed staging for the intimate Studio Theater.  Guaranteed to sell-out!



Adapted from the book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd; Book, Music and Lyrics by Chad Henry

January 25 – March 3, 2013

One of the most cherished and beloved books of all time!  Savor the whimsical and rich world of a child's imagination with stars, air and noises everywhere.  This fanciful poem of goodnight wishes comes to life as an extravaganza of enchantment, singing, dancing and puppetry.


Teen Scene Players Presents the World Premiere


Book by Linda Daugherty, Music & Lyrics by Nick Martin

February 15 – 24, 2013

It's Friday in the life of 8 young people as they navigate the rough waters of high school. Experience a NEW high-energy musical full of drama, humor, and real-life situations interwoven with the latest discoveries about the mysterious teen brain.  Is this your life? Your school?  Be a part of one amazing day - TGIF!


Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts


Adapted for the stage by B. Wolf

March 8 – April 7, 2013

Kathy Burks & Company spin pure gold as they bring this delightful Brothers Grimm tale to life.  They'll all live happily ever after…if the miller's daughter can only remember that strange little man's name!  Filled with music, special effects and suspense!



By Madeleine L'Engle

Adapted for the stage by John Glore

March 22 – April 14, 2013

It's the 50th Anniversary of this Newbery Medal winning, sci-fi classic!  Sister Meg, her little brother Charles, and Calvin – the most popular boy in school – are on a dangerous mission to rescue Meg's father from another planet, and save the universe.  An extraordinary, extra-terrestrial adventure across space and time!  The Regional Premiere of this new, highly theatrical adaptation!


Photo: Terrapin Puppet Theatre

A Special Presentation


By Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer, Directed by Frank Newman

April 19 - 21, 2013

Direct from Australia, the international sensation!  Experience classic storytelling up close and personal with Terrapin Puppet Theatre.  A unique and highly inventive use of space, objects, sounds and puppetry create the most ingeniously told seafaring adventure ever!  One weekend only!



Book by Timothy A. McDonald; Music by Jonathan Waller, David Weinstein with Stephen Gabriel; Lyrics by Timothy A. McDonald, Jonathan Waller and David Weinstein; Based on the Flat Stanley books by Jeff Brown with illustrations by Scott Nash

May 10 – June 9, 2013

You know this guy!  Stanley Lambchop is just like everyone else, but one night he makes a wish…and it comes true! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley - the ultimate exchange student - scours the globe to do something the world has never seen before, and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.


DCT's National Touring Production


Book and Lyrics by Robert Kauzlaric, Music by Paul Gilvary and William Rush, Adapted from the book Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

June 21 – July 14, 2013

Adapted from the hilariously popular book by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith.  A. Wolf finally gets to tell his side of the story and YOU determine the ending of the play in this rock Hip-Hop-ity musical that will blow the hair off your chinny chin chin!  Hot off its acclaimed national tour.


Here's a video preview of Boats:

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2012-13 for Dallas Children's Theater
Next season, DCT has a world premiere musical about the teen brain, a special puppet import from Australia, and more.
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