Dallas — There's a lot of exciting news in the 2015-16 season announcement for Dallas Children's Theater. Not only will there be world premieres and design contests, the organization is offering a chance for patrons to witness the creation of a new work with the Play in Progress initiative, details of which will be announced later this summer.
DCT will also again host Lone Star Circus' annual show, and it will also host Teatro Dallas' International Theater Festival in February.
Below is the full news release from DCT, along with show dates, descriptions and subscription and ticket info:
Like any family trip, Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) has crafted a season that has many memorable elements - anticipation, time together, and epic performances that will live in the collective memory of families forever. This journey will be wondrous, thrilling, epic, pink, and most magnificent! The productions, contests, and special events are all created by local professional artists and made available to everyone.
"Dallas Children's Theater embarks on a quest each season to create lasting memories for children and their families," says Robyn Flatt, DCT's Executive Artistic Director. "As we rush through life, it is so easy to miss the spectacle and the beauty around us or the chance to take time to share with our families. DCT's 32nd season provides multiple opportunities for families to experience great stories as they unfold on the stage — journeys that expose fascinating talking points for lively family dialogue. Patrons will absorb and treasure our high-quality, live theater experience for years to come."
And in the tradition of celebrating creativity, DCT will once again invite young artists to design costumes for FANCY NANCY: THE MUSICAL with Emmy-nominated costume designer Lyle Huchton. The FANCY NANCY: THE MUSICAL production team will be hard at work on the show all summer, and they look forward to incorporating the work of young designers in grades K-12. Costume design submissions will be accepted for the Mermaid and the Dancing Shark. Elements of the designs will be incorporated into the final production. Additional details regarding the design contest will be announced in early May.
The Fancy Nancy & Friends Party to benefit the Student Matinee Performance Series
Saturday, September 19, 2015, beginning at 6 PM following the 4:30 performance of FANCY NANCY: THE MUSICAL
Season ticket holders get the first opportunity to get tickets for this trés fancy evening!
DCT's fall family event will also be built around the season opener, FANCY NANCY: THE MUSICAL. With the generous funding from Crystal Charity to support DCT's new Sensory Friendly Programs and Classes, DCT will focus this year's fun fundraiser on securing dollars to support another important, but underfunded program, the Student Matinee Performance Series (SMPS). Integrating theater into education has been proven to increase a child's learning receptivity in general. The SMPS is a DCT program that is presented throughout the school year and summer that makes theater available to ALL children at virtually no cost. Nearly 50,000 children come to DCT through this program each year, and thanks to this program, over 80% of the children each year are experiencing theater for the very first time! Each year, DCT works to raise nearly $500,000 to offset the free and significantly reduced ticket prices offered through this program.
Similar to the Dream Ball, the party will follow a performance of the show. A cool, "underwater" movement experience is being planned along with a fancy dinner that will make Ms. Nancy so proud. There'll be crafts, autographs, photo ops and a fun dance at the end.
And in keeping with Dallas Children’s Theater’s commitment to emerging, innovative and global works, DCT’s Rosewood Center will also be home to Teatro Dallas’ 17th International Festival in the 2015-2016 season. Over the course of four days in early February, attendees will have the opportunity to experience a range of plays and workshops that will excite the senses. Tickets to the Festival will be sold separately.
Finally, if DCT patrons have ever wondered what goes into the creation and development of a play or how a script evolves, the Baker Idea Institute will offer Play in Progress, a unique backstage pass journey for teens and adults. Through a series of three gatherings starting in October, participants will get a chance to experience a staged reading where their feedback will influence the final script and to explore the early stages of a play's creation. This free behind-the-scenes experience will only require participants to register and share their feedback. More details on both the Festival and the Play in Progress series will be released later this summer.
The 2015-2016 Season kicks off in September 2015 and continues through July 2016 with eleven productions with DCT bravely leading families to unforgettable adventures, including regional and world premieres. There will also be colorful book adaptations and returning favorites to culminate in a Most Magnificent Journey.
FANCY NANCY: THE MUSICAL
Based on the popular Fancy Nancy books
Book & Lyrics by Susan DiLallo
Music & Lyrics by Danny Abosch
Written by Jane O’Connor
September 18 - October 25, 2015
Recommended for ages 5 and up
Take a trip to the trés irresistible world of the fanciest, funniest kid to ever take the stage. Nancy’s refined etiquette is not enough to get her the lead role in the upcoming school play. C’est la vie! She must summon the strength to forge ahead when a sudden turn of events casts her best friend as the lead. Every kid can relate to Nancy, with her boisterous attitude and tangled up feelings… Grown-ups will be equally dazzled while noting the (wink, wink) heartwarming lessons that we never outgrow. The Mermaid Ballet recital, complete with a scene-stealing dancing shark, will have your spirit dancing and your children hysterically happy.
Teen Scene Players Present
THE GHOSTS OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
By Philip Schaeffer
Adapted from the works of Washington Irving
October 16 - October 30, 2015
Recommended for ages 11 and up
You may have heard of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, but Sleepy Hollow has so many more frightening secrets to show you and your teens. Travel deep into the haunting woods of Sleepy Hollow and nestle up to see why the terrifying tales of Washington Irving have been favorites for fireside spookfests for over a hundred years. The DCT Teen Scene Players bring this world premiere play about Irving’s ghosts to life (err…death) as the Studio Theater is transformed into a wild, fun romp through a hair-raising nightmare that might just scare your head off!
Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’
NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING
by B. Wolf
November 27 - December 20, 2015
Recommended for ages 4 and up
Come along for an enchanting holiday fantasy hidden within the walls of a cozy farmhouse. On this Christmas Eve, the Mouse Family is jubilantly preparing for the holiday. Decorating, however, requires a harrowing journey to snag a branch from the farmer’s Christmas tree and a frightening episode with the household cat! Journey with two adventurous mice as they make their way through a maze of pipes and passages and ultimately emerge to appreciate the safety and comfort of family. With a delightful showcase of various puppetry styles, this holiday story will give you and your little ones a memorable snuggle.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
Based on the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture
Adapted from the novel by Mountain Community Theater
Back by Popular Demand
November 20 - December 20, 2015
Recommended for ages 6 and up
Sometimes you go to a place so magical that you have to go back again the very next year! The beloved sell-out holiday spectacular is back again! See why audiences were smitten with DCT’s jolly Kris Kringle who rescues a single working mother and her young daughter who have given up on Christmas. Even the hardest hearts will melt as the nostalgic film classic comes to colorful life with holiday music, humor and merry elves. Make this miracle a holiday tradition and see why everyone agrees that Santa Claus is alive and well on our stage!
LONE STAR CIRCUS’ ®
December 26, 2015 - January 3, 2016
For its brand new 2015 production, Dallas’s very own Lone Star Circus presents ZINGARI, a loving tribute to the old Gypsy roots of many circus families, replete with a cornucopia of talented acrobats, aerialists, equilibrists, jugglers, clowns and four-legged stars from all over the world, who will celebrate the holiday season in an amazing, awe-inspiring and fun-filled spectacular guaranteed to charm, amuse and entertain everyone — from 5 to 105!
A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
Music by Robert Real
Book and Lyrics by Willie Real
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel
Originally presented on Broadway by
Bob Boyett, Adrianne Lobel, Michael Gardner, Lawrence Horowitz and Roy Furman
World Premiere at The Children’s Theatre Company Minneapolis, Minnesota
January 29 - February 28, 2016
Recommended for ages 4 and up
The three-time TONY-nominated Broadway hit with its jazzy score hops to DCT just in time for spring. This whimsical musical follows two unlikely best friends and their quirky egos from hibernation to planting, to swimming, to sledding with plenty of fun and lots to learn along the way. This adorably charming story captivates audiences of all ages - even those who think they’re too old for make-believe. Join Frog and Toad as they weather the seasons and celebrate the differences that make them special. You and your best friends will be tapping your webbed toes all the way home!
Teen Scene Players Present
dont u luv me?
By Linda Daugherty
February 12 - February 21, 2016
Recommended for ages 13 and up - NOT suitable for children under 13
Witness how tiny missteps in what seems like an ideal romance can quickly escalate into aggression and violence and ensnare its victims with paralyzing fear. don’t u luv me? has been celebrated for not shying away from the devastating consequences of dating violence while encouraging teens to make wise choices and empowering adults to provide them with useful tools. Brace yourself for this challenging journey of teens and the influential adults in their life. An Advisory Council made up of individuals from respected social service organizations will be on-hand for support and conversation after each performance.
Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts
HANSEL AND GRETEL
Adapted from the Brothers Grimm with Book, Original Songs & Lyrics by B. Wolf
March 4 - April 3, 2016
Recommended for ages 4 and up
You don’t always need a prince and princess for your heroes to live happily ever after. Two children in search of food for their hungry family get lost in an enchanted forest. They must depend on all their powers of imagination to save them from the crafty, mysterious old woman in the candy house and (in this less “grim” version) lead them back to the loving arms of their parents. The familiar, melodic music of Engelbert Humperdinck brings an inventive theatricality to the retelling of this beloved fairy tale adventure. HANSEL AND GRETEL brings another feast for the eyes and ears to the stage from Kathy Burks’ Master Puppeteers.
THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE
Adapted By Dwayne Hartford
March 18 - April 10, 2016
Recommended for ages 7 and up
The award-winning author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature launches the extraordinary pilgrimage of Edward, a beautiful, much-loved toy rabbit who loves only himself. When he is ripped from the arms of his doting young owner and lost, Edward finds that his breakable heart can learn to love, lose, and love again. This stunning, highly theatrical play became an immediate must-see hit following its premiere and is sure to go down in history as a family classic with your family being among its first audiences. Trust us, you’ll be sorry if you miss this one.
DCT's National Touring Production
THE BFG (BIG FRIENDLY GIANT)
by David Wood
April 29 - May 22, 2016
Recommended for ages 7 and up
In the much beloved tradition of Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), we join two misfits on an unforgettable odyssey. For a young orphan “human bean”, the sight of a giant outside her window is terrifying, and she fears for her life when he whisks her away to an enchanted land. This Big Friendly Giant is not like other giants, however. The job of this larger-than-life vegetarian is to blow magical dreams into children’s bedrooms, and together, he and Sophie embark on a quest to save England from the “gizzard-gulping” giants who don’t have the BFG’s tender heart. The cheeky BFG ultimately shows that heroes can come in all sizes. See the story that inspired the new Steven Spielberg movie coming out July, 2016.
PINKALICIOUS, THE MUSICAL
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
June 17 - July 17, 2016
Recommended for ages 5 and up
Pink-A-Boo! DCT audiences were tickled…that’s right - PINK the last time PINKALICIOUS was on our stage, so we’re bringing her back in this exhilarating musical! When Pinkalicious doesn't heed her parents’ warnings and indulges in too many pink goodies, she has to make some healthy choices to fight off a bad case of Pink-i-tis. Pinkalicious will finally eat a little green, her little brother will no longer be blue, and all kids will learn to show their true colors! The popular book pops off the stage in this high-energy musical treat that kids will love even more than pink cupcakes!
DCT is encouraging young audience members to create a journal about their experiences at DCT or a lesson they learn from one of the characters and describe their experience in a journal. For every story that is shared DCT will provide tickets to a family that wouldn’t otherwise be able enjoy live theater because of the expense. All journal entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Most Magnificent Journey will take off soon! Season ticket packages range from $60 to $144 based on how many plays are included. The 8-play package breaks down to just $13 per ticket, at a savings of up to 35% off regularly priced tickets. Lap passes for children age 3 and under are free for season ticket holders. Season subscriptions to DCT’s 2015-2016 Season are available now. Subscribers can purchase a package of four or more shows online at dct.org or by calling 214-740-0051, and are encouraged to do so early as many productions are sure to sellout. As always, DCT’s subscribers enjoy the lowest prices, exclusive benefits, and the most flexibility.