Nashville Children’s Theatre 15th Annual Grand Day celebration in conjunction with a performance of Lyle the Crocodile is slated for Sunday, April 13, in honor of Nashville’s grandparents, parents, and children who have made significant contributions to the performing arts in Middle Tennessee.
NCT also recently announced that through the generosity of Regions Bank it will offer 500 free tickets for the show’s 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19 matinee (more on that below).
“Over the past few years, Grand Day has evolved into a celebration of all the families who believe the arts are an important part of raising their children,” says Kathryn Colegrove, NCT Managing Director. “With the performance, a carnival, and a King or Queen of Grand Day competition, there is something for everyone!”
Proceeds from Grand Day will support all children, families and teachers in their ability to experience NCT’s performances, camps and classes.
About Grand Day
A full day of family fun, tickets are available for the performance, for the carnival, and for a VIP Patron experience. Performance tickets start at $14 for youth/$20 for adults and VIP Patron levels start at $75 for youth/$125 for adults. Grand Day Patrons will receive lunch in the VIP Patron Lounge, tickets with VIP seating, unlimited access to carnival activities and snacks, reserved participation in Croco-Drama (characterled activities during the carnival), and more.
Event timeline for April 13:
12:30-1:45 p.m. Grand Day Patron Luncheon
2: p.m. Performance of Lyle the Crocodile
3:15 p.m. Coronation of the Grand Day King or Queen
3:15 – 6:00 p.m. Grand Day Carnival
For more information on Grand Day or to purchase tickets, please visit nashvillect.org/grandday or call (615) 252-4675.
About the Grand Day King/Queen Competition
The Grand Day performance will conclude with the coronation of the Grand Day King or Queen, an online competition that allows fans of NCT to rally their friends for votes. The individual who campaigns for the most votes will win a trip to Orlando, including airfare, two nights hotel, and four Disney passes. First runner-up will receive a single night stay in a 2-bedroom, 22-bath cottage at Kentucky Dam Village, including a round of golf and cart rental. Second runner-up will win 4 tickets to a Nashville Sounds game and dinner at Edley’s Barbecue.
About the Carnival
The day will be completed by the Grand Day Carnival on the grounds of NCT, located at 25 Middleton Street in Nashville. This year’s Carnival will include a petting zoo, face painting, inflatables, food and drink, balloon art, airbrush tattoos a dance party with Lyle and other activities for kids of all ages. An All‐Access pass including performance tickets and unlimited access to the carnival is available for advance purchase.
About the Crocodile Egg-Art
In addition to the Grand Day celebration, NCT is featuring an online auction of Crocodile Egg-Art during the run of Lyle the Crocodile. Participating Nashville artists are decorating these oversized ceramic “crocodile” eggs in whatever medium they’d like. The online auction will run April 13‐May 9, and will be accessible through the NCT website.
Artists range from musical to visual and include Kathy Mattea, Mary Gauthier, Ginger Oglesby, Lisa McReynolds, Adrienne Outlaw, and Ron York. The egg‐art will be unveiled at Grand Day and will be on display in the NCT lobby through May 11.
About April 19’s Regions Free Day for Lyle the Crocodile
Five hundred free tickets for the 2 p.m. April 19 show will be available beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1. Tickets can be obtained online at nashvillect.org or by calling the box office at (615) 252-4675. Tickets will go quickly, and it is strongly encouraged that interested families choose the website over calling the box office. There is a limit of 4 tickets per person, and all seats are general admission.
NCT will begin a waiting list for unused seats starting at 1 pm on April 19 to help as many people as possible enjoy this opportunity. Guests must be at NCT in person on April 19 to join the waiting list.
Regions Free Day is a Regions Bank initiative offering complimentary access to one area blockbuster attraction each month. This program allows Middle Tennessee residents to explore the fun and unique attractions Nashville has to offer at no cost.
About Lyle the Crocodile
The Primm family move into their New York City apartment to find a crocodile living in the bathtub, and what a croc he is! He’s the caviar-eating, saxophone-playing, lovable Lyle the Crocodile! Next-door-neighbor Mr. Grumps wants the Primms to ship the impeccably-mannered reptile off to the zoo, but Lyle’s new family and old showbiz partner Hector P. Valenti, bust him out of jail just in time to save the day for everyone. Recommended for all ages, Lyle the Crocodile is adapted for the stage by Kevin Kling, based on “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile and The House on East 88th Street” by Bernard Waber.
The show stars Bobby Wyckoff as Lyle and Matt Carlton as Hector P. Valenti. Additional cast members include Janette Bruce, Rona Carter, Andrew Kanies, Shawn Knight, Buddy Raper, Jon Royal and Samuel Whited III. NCT Artistic Director Scot Copeland directs the production. Scenic design is by Courtney O’Neill with lighting design by Scott Leathers, sound design by Dan Brewer and costume design by Patricia Taber with music composed by Kevin Madill.
School performances, weekdays at 10 and 11:45 a.m., are selling quickly; weekend performances are open to the public, scheduled at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays April 10 through May 11, and reservations are recommended. Individual weekend ticket prices are $14 per child (ages 2 to 17), $20 per adult; group, senior, educator, and military discounts are also available. A home-school performance is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on April 16, and sign-interpreted performances are April 22 at 11:45 a.m. and May 4 at 2:00 p.m. A preview performance is available Thursday April 10 at 6:30 p.m., at a discounted rate of $7 per child and $14 per adult.
A sensory friendly performance is available Saturday, Apr. 19 at 11 a.m. Thanks to a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, this performance is open to the public and is designed to be a safe and accepting environment where children with disabilities and their peers are free to speak and move in reaction to the story being told onstage. Pre-visit stories are available online at nashvillect.org/shows_access.htm. For all performances, NCT provides a Comfort Room in the back of the theater where audience members can adjust both light and sound levels.
*Grand Day 2014 logo courtesy Nashville Children’s Theatre.