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As part of our mission to integrate the arts into classroom academics, the Behind the Curtain Resource Guides are intended to provide helpful information for teachers and students to use before and after attending our performances. The activities presented in these guides are suggested to stimulate lively responses and multi-sensory explorations of concepts in order to use the theatrical events as a vehicle for cross-cultural and language arts learning. Educators are encouraged to use our suggestions as springboards to lead your students into meaningful, dynamic learning; extending the dramatic experience of the plays. Study Guides are provided in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

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TREASURE ISLAND Reimagined!

Adapted for the stage by Katy Tye, Jeffrey Colangelo, and Robyn Flatt
Based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson

October 12 - October 23, 2018
10:00AM and selected 10:30AM and 12:30PM shows


Grade 2 and up

Friendship, betrayal, and adventure are front and center in this bold world premiere! And Jim Hawkins, Ben Gunn, and Long John Silver will do just about anything to be the first to claim the buried treasure. From the moment you enter the theater, you'll find yourself in the middle of the action. Step into a world of dramatic sword fights, thrilling acrobatics, and magical shadow puppetry as Dallas Children's Theater, Prism Movement Theatre, Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts, and Lone Star Circus come together to present a wildly original version of this iconic tale. Grab your costume and come aboard our ship. Your help is needed to decide who gets to take home the gold!

Show Themes: COURAGE, ADVENTURE, COMING OF AGE, KEEPING YOUR WORD, LOYALTY

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TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT

A WRINKLE IN TIME

Adapted by John Glore
From the book by Madeleine L'Engle
Produced by special arrangement with Stage Partners

October 23 -- October 25, 2018 at 10:30AM

Grade 4 and up

It was a dark and stormy night when Meg Murry's journey began. Mrs. Whatsit, a mind-reading celestial being, arrives to tell Meg about the evil forces that are holding her missing father prisoner on another planet and the existence of a tesseract - a sort of wrinkle in space and time - that will help her save him. Mrs. Whatsit and two of her unconventional friends (Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which) transport Meg along with her super-genius younger brother Charles Wallace, and friend Calvin O'Keefe through the fifth dimension on a quest to rescue her father and free the universe. This groundbreaking sci-fi/fantasy tale captures the classic struggle between good and evil, the power of love, and the value of individuality. Teens can save the world!

Show Themes: GOOD VS. EVIL, LOVE AND FAMILY, OVERCOMING ADVERSITY, FINDING THE HERO WITHIN, INDIVIDUALITY

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Magic Tree House's Holiday Musical:

A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS

Book by Will Osborne and Jenny Laird
Lyrics by Randy Courts and Will Osborne
Music by Randy Courts
Based on Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #16: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time
by Mary Pope Osborne

MAGIC TREE HOUSE: A GHOST TALE FOR MR. DICKENS TYA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

November 14 - December 19, 2018 at 10:30AM

Grade 1 and up

Magic Tree House, the #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time, premieres this large-scale, holiday-themed spectacular in Dallas! Be among the first to see brother and sister duo, Jack and Annie, whisked back in time aboard their magical tree ride to the foggy streets of Victorian England. Their mission: to help the famous writer Charles Dickens overcome a terrible bout of writer's block. With a little help from three ghost friends, Jack and Annie learn how charity and kindness can change the course of history. No "Bah Humbug" here...this musical is a fantasy adventure filled with wonderful songs and dances of the season!

Show Themes: ADVENTURE, TIME TRAVEL, TEAMWORK, EMPATHY, HISTORY, HOLIDAY

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DCT's NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION

DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY

Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

© 2011 Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. By special arrangement with Pippin Properties, Inc. and Gurman Agency LLC.

November 26 - November 30, 2018
(Moody Performance Hall) at 10:00AM


Pre-K and up

The coolest ever rock-n-roll romp through a bug's world commands center stage in this hip-hoppin' musical that promotes eco-consciousness, earth science, and tolerance of others. The popular characters from the bestselling books are not so unusual: Worm eats his homework and has no legs. Fly has 327 siblings and wants to be a superhero. And Spider can't wait to grow up and molt. When Fly's Aunt Rita needs help getting out of a tight spot, the squad must combine their talents and work as a team on the rescue mission of a lifetime. While there's no pop quiz, you might just learn that a bug's life isn't that different from your own.

Show Themes: TOLERANCE, ECO-CONSCIOUSNESS, EARTH SCIENCE, BIOLOGY, FRIENDSHIP, SELF-DISCIPLINE

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THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS

Adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston
Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats
Music by Victor Zupanc
Produced in collaboration with Soul Rep Theatre

December 5, 2018 - January 25, 2019
10:00AM and selected 10:30AM and 12:30PM shows

Sensory-Friendly performance on January 16 at 10:30AM

Pre-K and up

Oh, the magic of childhood! Follow Peter and his friends as they enjoy the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure, and the feelings of a first crush. Packed with humor and fun, this production combines wonderfully innovative shadow puppetry and live action to showcase Keats' beautiful appreciation for diversity. In fact, his characters ultimately became an inspiration for Sesame Street! An adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and the groundbreaking Caldecott Winner The Snowy Day, this uplifting story collection encourages us to play and live life to the fullest each day.

Note: There will be no performances of THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS between December 20, 2018 and January 8, 2019.

Show Themes: CHILDHOOD ADVENTURES, SEASONS OF THE YEAR, FRIENDSHIPS AND FAMILY, GROWING UP, LEARNING TO EXPRESS YOURSELF

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ELLA ENCHANTED: THE MUSICAL

By Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Adapted from the book by Gail Carson Levine
By special arrangement with Miramax

January 24 - March 1, 2019
10:00AM and selected 10:30AM and 12:30PM shows


Grade 1 and up

Ella of Frell is turning the traditional Cinderella story upside down! At birth, she was given the "gift" of obedience which forces her to do anything people command: whether that's hopping on one foot all day or telling her best friend to just go away! As a teenager, strong-willed Ella chooses to reject this lifestyle as her fate and embarks on a quest to break the curse forever. Along the way, feisty Ella must outwit her evil stepsisters, escape hungry ogres, and save the prince before she can claim her real voice. In this fun and spirited musical extravaganza that stays true to the Newbery Honor book, children will discover the power of words while laughing, singing, and dancing out loud.

Show Themes: BEING YOUR OWN PERSON, CONTROLLING YOUR DESTINY, FINDING YOUR VOICE, SELF-DISCOVERY, RESISTING OPPRESSION, HUMOR

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TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT

THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS

By Linda Daugherty

February 19 - February 21, 2019 at 10:30AM

Grade 7 and up
(Not suitable for children under 12)

Bullying in every form - from open tactics like gossiping and keeping secrets, to using friendship as a weapon - can become the prelude to dangerous behaviors like depression, cutting, and eating disorders. This show takes an unflinching look into the world of mean girls and exposes the consequences that bullying creates. Because that girl everyone is spreading rumors about...the one who just can't seem to fit in...chances are, you know who she is. This production by award-winning playwright Linda Daugherty generated massive buzz when it debuted in 2007 and subsequently launched DCT's internationally-praised teen issue series. In DCT tradition, teens and those who love them are invited to see a performance, and then stay after for a conversation with local experts.

Show Themes: BULLYING AND CYBERBULLYING, CONFLICT RESOLUTION, PEER PRESSURE, KINDNESS

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TUCK EVERLASTING

Script by Mark J. Frattaroli
Based on the book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

March 20 - April 12, 2019 at 10:30AM

Grade 4 and up

What if you could live forever? What if you were asked to keep a shocking secret? Young Winnie Foster suddenly finds herself faced with these dilemmas when she ventures from her routine one single summer morning. What she encounters at the foot of a magnificent tree in the woods on her family's land brings her face to face with monumental life choices. A romance, a new family, perhaps eternal life? What follows is a whirlwind of events and a life-affirming adventure that the New York Times called "fearsome and beautifully written." Considered one of the classics of modern children's literature, this poetic story comes intensely to life on the DCT stage.

Show Themes: GROWING UP, FAMILY, CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES, IMMORTALITY, INDEPENDENCE

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THE ISLAND OF THE SKOG

Script by Linda Daugherty
Based on the book The Island of the Skog by Steven Kellogg

Copyright @1973 by Steven Kellogg

May 8 - May 24, 2019
10:00AM and selected 10:30AM and 12:30PM shows


Pre-K and up

The best laid plans of mice and well, Skog, are upended in this lively musical adventure that navigates land and sea. When Jenny and her mice friends grow weary of ravenous cats, noisy humans, and peril on the streets, they decide a new island paradise is the order of the day. Led by the surly Captain Bouncer, the Rough-riding Rowdies think they've hit the jackpot until they discover that a "giant" already has dibs on their newfound home. The Rowdies and Skog each devise a survival of the fittest plan that, in the end, only points out the flaws that come with assuming the worst and refusing to compromise. A delightfully charming and gentle story that brings to life the author's beloved illustrations and characters.

Show Themes: FRIENDSHIP, STANDING UP TO BULLIES, PREJUDICE, PLANNING YOUR OWN WAY, PUPPETRY, TEAMWORK

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DCT's NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION

DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY

Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

© 2011 Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. By special arrangement with Pippin Properties, Inc. and Gurman Agency LLC.

July 2 - July 5, 2019
(Rosewood Center for Family Arts) at 10:00AM


Pre-K and up

The coolest ever rock-n-roll romp through a bug's world commands center stage in this hip-hoppin' musical that promotes eco-consciousness, earth science, and tolerance of others. The popular characters from the bestselling books are not so unusual: Worm eats his homework and has no legs. Fly has 327 siblings and wants to be a superhero. And Spider can't wait to grow up and molt. When Fly's Aunt Rita needs help getting out of a tight spot, the squad must combine their talents and work as a team on the rescue mission of a lifetime. While there's no pop quiz, you might just learn that a bug's life isn't that different from your own.

Show Themes: TOLERANCE, ECO-CONSCIOUSNESS, EARTH SCIENCE, BIOLOGY, FRIENDSHIP, SELF-DISCIPLINE

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For more information on study guides, contact Marianne Kolar, Field Trip Coordinator, at 214-978-0120 (email fieldtrips@dct.org) or Trish Long, Marketing Director, at 214-978-0110 (email trish.long@dct.org).

*Dates, times, and titles subject to change without notice.

IMAGE CREDITS:
THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS - Peter illustration used by permission of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. THE ISLAND OF THE SKOG - Illustrations from The Island of the Skog copyright ©1973 by Steven Kellogg. All rights reserved. Used with permission. DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY - Illustrations © 2003, 2005, and 2007 by Harry Bliss. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc. All other images © 2018, 2019 Dallas Children's Theater

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