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The following shows are ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation performances*:

September 25, 2016, 4:30 PM
SEUSSICAL™ - Baker Theater

October 23, 2016, 1:30 PM
DRACULA: THE VAMPIRE PLAY - Studio Theater

November 27, 2016, 4:30 PM
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS - Baker Theater

December 4, 2016, 4:30 PM
THE NUTCRACKER - Studio Theater

January 29, 2017, 4:30 PM
JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK - Baker Theater

February 19, 2017, 1:30 PM
EAT (It's Not About Food) - Studio Theater

March 12, 2017, 4:30 PM
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK - Studio Theater

April 2, 2017, 4:30 PM
TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY - Baker Theater

April 30, 2017, 4:30 PM
BLUE - Studio Theater

May 14, 2017, 4:30 PM
ROALD DAHL'S
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
 - Baker Theater

July 9, 2017, 4:30 PM
MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: AN AFRICAN TALE - Baker Theater

* Please call our Box Office at 214-740-0051 to confirm as unexpected changes may occur.

For those who take the journey with us this season, you'll discover the key ingredients that go into the development of the greatest masterpiece there is! Whether you're into cooking, making volcanoes, building LEGOs, decorating, or something else, Season 2016-2017 will be an awesome exploration into the remarkable making of...(insert your name here). Through fun adventures with Dr. Seuss, Charlie Brown, Jack and the Beanstalk, Junie B. and others, you and your friends will be able to paint your own picture of the trips, the people and the events that go into shaping the you that is you. So, get that season subscription and prepare yourself for the creation of the most magnificent work of art. We're self-titling this season's experience...let's say it all together now... Me, the Recipe!

Online ordering tip: Decide ahead of time what shows, dates and performance times you prefer for your season subscription BEFORE you begin your online purchase. Once you begin subscribing online, you only have 20 minutes to complete your order!

 
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SEUSSICAL™


Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss

September 16 - October 23, 2016
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird, JoJo, and others are your guides in this fantastical, magical exploration of family and friendship through the Jungle of Nool, Circus McGurkus, and the tiny world of Whoville! Discover what it takes for Horton to withstand ridicule and danger to save the day in this cornucopia of adventure that truly offers something for everyone!

Recommended for ages 5 and up

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KATHY BURKS THEATRE OF PUPPETRY ARTS'

THE NUTCRACKER

Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Adapted for the stage by B. Wolf

November 18 - December 21, 2016
No holiday season is complete without Tchaikovsky's THE NUTCRACKER! This unique and acclaimed puppet interpretation brings the classic story to life with innovative passion and artistry. According to The Dallas Morning News, this NUTCRACKER "...out-Fantasia's Walt Disney's classic film." DFW audiences love holiday traditions, and that is why 2016 marks 20 years of this most requested title. It's a perfect introduction to classical music, so make a date to bring your children!

Recommended for ages 4 and up

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A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

by Charles M. Schulz
Based on the television special by Bill Melendez
and Lee Mendelson
Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson

November 18 - December 21, 2016
Christmas time is here, and we're fortunate that it brings Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang to DCT! Charles Schulz's classic animated television special comes to life as you've never seen before. The young and the young at heart will be tapping their toes and oohing and ahhing as the live combo band surrounds the audience in a magical, memorable holiday spectacle. Make sure you're front and center as Charlie Brown and his friends discover the real meaning of Christmas!

Recommended for ages 5 and up

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JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK

by Allison Gregory
based on the books Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook and Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren by Barbara Park

January 20 - February 26, 2017
The world's funniest kid is back! Junie B. Jones is ecstatic about her new black furry mittens that Grampa Frank Miller bought for her - until someone steals them! Those rotten thieves. When she finds a cool pen on the school floor, her own sense of right and wrong is tested. Junie B. stars in this comical tale that promises a good laugh... and a great life lesson.

Recommended for ages 5 and up

 
 
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KATHY BURKS THEATRE OF PUPPETRY ARTS'

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Adaptation, Original Songs & Lyrics by B. Wolf

March 3 - March 26, 2017
With great music and unexpected humor, Kathy Burks' troupe brings to life the age-old fairy tale of a young hero's extraordinary climb up a magical beanstalk to seek his fortune and save his family from ruin. Along the way, Jack encounters help from the Man in the Moon, a talking hen, a kindly servant, and a few other surprising characters. When he comes face to face with a fiendish giant, Jack must use his wits to escape the colossal villain's castle in the clouds. Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!

Recommended for ages 4 and up

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TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY

by Pat Mora
Adapted for the stage by
José Cruz González

March 24 - April 2, 2017
An inspiring true tale of how reading and stories help us all escape. This beautiful bilingual play follows the life of young Tomás and his family, who are migrant workers who move constantly to find new work picking farmers' crops. But one summer, Tomás visits a local public library and soon discovers worlds filled with dinosaurs and tigers - and a great new friend in the "Library Lady." While helping Tomás improve his English by reading many new and exciting stories, the librarian fosters his newfound interest in learning and teaches him the importance of a good education.

Recommended for ages 7 and up

 
 
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ROALD DAHL'S

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

Adapted by David Wood

May 5 - May 27, 2017
Young James Henry Trotter's resilience is tested when he is sent off to live with his mean aunts, Spiker and Sponge, after a chain of unfortunate incidents. Life is no fun at all there until he accidentally spills some tiny green things on a tree, and... voilà, a giant peach! When James and his new oversized friends - Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Earthworm, and Spider - snip the stem of the peach, the quest for happiness and great adventure lands them in New York City and at the center of attention. Of its premiere one reporter wrote, "Move heaven and earth to see this wonderful adaptation!"

Recommended for ages 5 and up

 
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DCT'S NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION
JOHN STEPTOE'S

MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: AN AFRICAN TALE

Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott
Music and Lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa

June 23 - July 9, 2017
The beautiful Zimbabwe-based Cinderella tale returns! An African villager named Mufaro has two daughters whom everyone agrees are beautiful. But, they have their differences. Manyara possesses a bad temper and is self-centered (but never in front of Mufaro); Nyasha is kind and considerate to people and to animals. When Mufaro learns that the King is in the process of meeting all of the most worthy and beautiful women in order to choose a wife, he decides that both of his daughters should go. Celebrate goodness, generosity, and love with traditional dancing, rhythmic drumming, and glorious African song. Based on the 1988 Caldecott Honor Award book.

Recommended for ages 5 and up

 
 

Four Season Specials

These performances are not part of a season package, but you will be able to buy single tickets at a special discounted rate.

If purchasing online, you will have the option to buy tickets for these Season Specials once you have finished choosing your subscription package.

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TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT

DRACULA: THE VAMPIRE PLAY

By Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston
From Bram Stoker's novel

October 14 - October 29, 2016
Satisfy your cravings for thrill and terror with the original vampire story! Fans of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Vampire Diaries will want to see how the mania began back when Count Dracula moved to England in his mad quest for fresh blood and a bride. Chilling adventure lurks in the fog...just in time for Halloween!

Recommended for ages 12 and up

 

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LONE STAR CIRCUS' ®

LA FÊTE!

December 27, 2016 - January 1, 2017
That's right... It's a Party! Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Dallas' very own Lone Star Circus. Be among the first to see this all-new merry circus celebration complete with a joyous, awe-inspiring congregation of extraordinary circus acts from all over the planet — including Dallas, Texas! You'll spot breathtaking acrobats, awesome aerialists, amazing equilibrists, unbelievable jugglers, endearing four-legged performers, and of course, hilarious clowns. It's a traditional medley of music and poetry paired with feats of strength, daring, and agility. Come to the party, celebrate 10 years of Lone Star Circus, and be blown away!

Recommended for all ages


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TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT

EAT (It's Not About Food)

By Linda Daugherty

February 10 - February 19, 2017
EAT (It's Not About Food) dramatizes and decodes the baffling world of eating disorders in boys and girls through a series of scenes ranging from realistic to satirical to humorous. Candidly exploring causes and warning signs, playwright Linda Daugherty takes a hard look at how society and the media influence self-identity. In EAT (It's Not About Food), we see individual stories of young people struggling with this epidemic, and all too often tragic problem. Follow the difficult journey of 14-year-old Amy, whose struggle to recover from an eating disorder leads to hospitalization, affecting her family and friends. Join us and experts from the Dallas community in a post-show discussion about ways to help our young people deal with these very real challenges.

Recommended for ages 12 and up

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BLUE

By Annie Cusick Wood

April 21 - May 7, 2017
An all-new show that is perfect for short attention spans and the wee ones! This is a simple story of what happens one day when color comes into your life. Pale Blue and Inky Blue are happy in...well, their blueness. When a red sock enters the picture, Pale and Inky AND the audience are surprised by their reaction. If you liked BALLOONACY, you'll love this gentle play that introduces the idea of tolerance and understanding in an age-appropriate and soft-hearted theatrical experience. BLUE is filled with lots of fun, humor and whimsy, and at the end of the show, you will be too!

Recommended for squirmy toddlers and their families



Here's another special add-on opportunity!

Attention Seussians of all genders and age,
Could you ever imagine, you on our mainstage?!
That's in our plan, and no telling what may ensue.
No, there's no telling what, but I'll give you a clue.

We've got a party that is a definite "must do."
With cameras and lights for your DCT debut!
You'll learn great dances and sing great lines,
And play Seussical chairs, and eat food that's divine.

It supports a great cause, girls and boys seeing a show.
And you'll meet funny friends: Cat in the Hat, Horton and JoJo.
So buy your tickets early before they sell out.
This is the family party of the year...no doubt.

WHAT: The Who? Party, a fun, family, fundraising event supporting the Student Matinee Performance Series

WHEN: Saturday, September 17, 3-5:30 PM (immediately following the performance of SEUSSICAL™)

WHO: Children (ages 4-10) and parents

TICKETS: $60 per person. (Tickets to the September 17 performance of SEUSSICAL™ sold separately) A limited number of tickets are now available and season subscribers have priority access. To purchase, select 9/17 at 3PM in the dropdown box. Party tickets are non-refundable.

THE FUN: Our third fall family event that is guaranteed to be the best one yet. Kids will have the exclusive opportunity to learn a song and dance from the show and perform it on the DCT mainstage with staff member Nancy Schaeffer as the VIP director of your debut. Everyone will love playing Seussical chairs and walking away with a prize if you're one of the last sneetches standing. The DCT staff is also going to give you special behind-the-scenes access so you can see what goes into making the magic, and we'll end the night with a dance party to beat all dance parties! There'll be some great food and fantastical take-home treats to boot!

THE CAUSE: The Party benefits DCT's Student Matinee Performance Series (SMPS), an education program that gives students the opportunity to access live theater at virtually no cost to them. Integrating theater into education has proven to increase a child's learning receptivity. SMPS is presented throughout the school year and summer and each year reaches as many as 50,000 students, most of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch. Your support helps ensure that no child will miss the theater experience due to financial hardship.

If you'd like to learn more about buying a table or sponsoring the Student Matinee Performance Series, contact michael.gonzales@dct.org or 214-978-0110.

Bring your family and come party for a purpose at Dallas Children's Theater!

 


SEUSSICAL™ - Artwork © Dr. Seuss Used by permission of Licensor  CHARLIE BROWN - Peanuts © 2015 Peanuts Worldwide LLC. All Rights Reserved. JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK - Illustration used by permission. TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY - Illustrations by Raul Colón, copyright © 1997 by Raul Colón; from Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: AN AFRICAN TALE - Artwork from Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale Copyright © 1987 by John Steptoe. Use licensed by the estate of John Steptoe. All other images © 2016 Dallas Children's Theater

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