Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT), the nation’s oldest professional theater for children, has announced its 82nd season for youth, families, and adults. NCT is the perfect place for the expanding variety of people in Middle Tennessee to explore their personalities and interests – misfits, adventurers, thinkers, and rebels can all find themselves at NCT.
The theater has been eager to remount the musical whose previous production was almost more popular with adults than with children: Schoolhouse Rock Live! Last performed in 2007, this show, filled with iconic songs from ABC’s “Schoolhouse Rock,” is an experience that gets families singing along. “Elbow Room,” “Sufferin’ Till Suffrage,” and “Inter-planet Janet” are just a few of the hits that audiences can reminisce with and enjoy.
A Wrinkle in Time
Sept 12 – Oct 6, 2013
Based on the book by Madeleine L’Engle, Adapted by John Glore
Madeleine L’Engle’s brilliant science fiction/fantasy adventure is brought to the stage with multimedia theatrical wizardry. On a dark and stormy night, young Meg Murray and her little brother Charles Wallace embark on a dangerous quest to find their missing father. Under the guidance of a mysterious trio – Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which – they journey beyond the confines of imagination to confront an inconceivable darkness. Only the power of love can save their father, the universe, and you from the evil of IT.
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Oct. 24 – Dec. 1, 2013
From the series created by George Newall and Tom Yohe
Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating & Kyle Hall
Music & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall & Tom Yohe
For forty years, kids, teachers and parents have had fun learning with the songs of ABC’s “Schoolhouse Rock!” Whether your favorite is “Conjunction Junction,” “Interjections,” or “Just A Bill,” you will see it, hear it and ROCK OUT to it in NCT’s all-new production of this room-shaking theatrical revue for the whole family. So, “Unpack Your Adjectives” and “Do the Circulation,” because we’re rockin’ the schoolhouse and you with Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Knowledge is power!
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
Jan. 16 – Feb. 2, 2014
Based on the book by Kevin Henkes, Adapted by Kevin Kling
Lilly is a mouse who knows what she likes. She doesn’t like her snooty Cousin Garland, and she’s not so crazy about her new baby brother, but she loves, loves, LOVES her new Purple Plastic Purse. She also loves her teacher, Mr. Slinger, until he takes her beloved purse away. She likes the mean, funny drawing of Big, Fat Mr. Stealing Slinger that she leaves in his book bag – but then she doesn’t like herself very much. As for you, if you love to laugh, you are going to love, love, love Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse!
Number the Stars
Feb. 20 – March 9, 2014
Based on the book by Lois Lowry, Adapted by Douglas W. Larche
Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal winning juvenile novel of World War II. We join ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen, as the Danish Resistance smuggles seven thousand people– almost the entire Jewish population of Nazi occupied Denmark – across the sea to Sweden and safety. But Annemarie finds that she can’t sit by while these terrifying events unfold. In this moving adventure based on inspiring real-life events, Annemarie must find the courage to resist. How brave are you?
Lyle the Crocodile
April 10 – May 11, 2014
Story by Bernard Waber
Adapted by Kevin Kling, Music by Michael Koerner
The Primm family move into their new 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, loveable 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 his old showbiz partner, Hector P. Valenti) bust him out of jail just in time to save the day for everyone. With this joyful, hilarious stage adaptation, you will find yourself in a picture book classic surrounded by friends.
Big Kid Night – because kids shouldn’t have all the fun
NCT is planning two evenings when the theatre is for the 21 and up crowd only. On these evenings guests will enjoy a Happy Hour with some cold brew and light food prior to seeing the play. Happy Hour begins at 5:30 pm and the performance begins at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 20, 2013: A Wrinkle in Time
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013: Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Big Kid Night is a memorable event that has been growing in popularity each year. It is due to frequent requests that the theatre has chosen to hold two adult only performances in the 2013-14 season.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Grand Day begins with a 2 pm performance of Lyle the Crocodile and is followed by a carnival of games, rides, food, and fun for the whole family! Attendees can look forward to interacting with some of the cast during the post-show carnival. Previously held in the Fall, this fantastic party is being moved to the Spring so our families can enjoy the warmer weather.
Subscriptions for 2013-14 are currently on sale. Buy before August 11 to save money!
For just $72, an NCT FlexPass comes pre-loaded with 6 tickets to use anytime in the season – for youth or adults. A FlexPass is fully reloadable, allowing purchasers to buy additional tickets all season long at the $14 price, and includes all the benefits of being a subscriber. FlexPasses are only on sale through Aug, 10, 2013.
NCT’s Season Subscriptions are incredibly flexible. By purchasing three or more shows a person will receive all the benefits of being a subscriber. Making the subscription plan even easier, people can select different quantities of tickets for each show in their package – a great solution for families with varying ages of kids. Subscription tickets are $12 each for youth and adults through Aug. 10, 2013. After that, subscription tickets are $14 each.
Subscriptions can be purchased online at nashvillect.org or by phone at (615) 252-4675.
FlexPass Subscribers and Standard Subscribers receive great benefits such as:
• Additional tickets at a discounted rate of $14 throughout the 2013-14 season
• Free ticket exchange within the run of a show
• Early-bird registration and a 10% savings on all NCT 2013-14 drama classes and camps
• A birthday card for children from Scorch Davis!
About Nashville Children’s Theatre
Nashville Children’s Theatre is a professional theatre company providing the children, families and educators of Middle Tennessee with extraordinary shared theatrical experiences that inspire imagination, develop creativity, and build community.
NCT was founded in 1931 by the Junior League of Nashville and is recognized as the oldest professional children’s theater in the country. A national leader in professional theater arts and education programs for young people, NCT was ranked by TIME magazine as one of the top five children’s theaters in the country.
*Photo of Misty Lewis as Lilly by Dan Brewer courtesy Nashville Children’s Theatre.