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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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PADDINGTON SAVES CHRISTMAS

Adapted by Doug Kmiotek
Based on the book by Michael Bond
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller
Directed by Douglass Burks

December 2 – December 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM with selected 10:30 AM shows
Maximum Theater Capacity: 231
Estimated Run Time: 60 minutes (no intermission)

Kindergarten and Up

It's holiday time in the Brown household and Paddington — the famous, accident-prone bear — is here to save the day! When he and the Brown's housekeeper, Mrs. Bird, run out of sugar for the seasonal marmalade jam they are preparing, Paddington heads next door to borrow some from Mr. Curry. Unfortunately, the usually grumpy Mr. Curry is even more short tempered than normal as he prepares for a visit from his great aunt who is a stickler for tidiness. Paddington, feeling sorry for Mr. Curry, volunteers to help him with his chores. But Paddington's good intentions end up leading to chaos, as one by one, each of his tasks take on an unexpected outcome! Will Paddington be able to fix everything in time for everyone to properly celebrate the holidays? Find out in this fun-filled holiday comedy!

Show Themes: HOLIDAY, PUPPETRY, HELPING, FRIENDSHIP AND FAMILY, OVERCOMING PROBLEMS

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DRAGONS LOVE TACOS

Written by Ernie Nolan
Based on the book by Adam Rubin
Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Published by Penguin Group
Produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences
Directed by Nancy Schaeffer

January 19 – February 25, 2022 at 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM with selected 10:30 AM shows
Maximum Theater Capacity: 231
Estimated Run Time: 60 minutes (no intermission)

Pre-K and up

A boy and his dog are watching a TV show about dragons when a mind–blowing secret is revealed: Dragons love tacos! Chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, teeny tiny tacos, all kinds of tacos. So, the boy and his dog decide to throw a taco party to end all taco parties for a flock of dragons, each with their own unique style and personality. But what are the fiery consequences for eating tacos with spicy jalapeño pepper salsa? This hilarious, dance-filled journey into the field of Dragonology is equal parts ridiculous and delicious, and has all the ingredients for a fantastic time!

Show Themes: CREATIVITY, IMAGINATION, DANCE, CAUSE AND EFFECT, COMEDY

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THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Adapted by Joseph Robinette
Based on the book by C.S. Lewis
Directed by Artie Olaisen

April 1 – May 13, 2022 at 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM with selected 10:30 AM shows
Maximum Theater Capacity: 231
Estimated Run Time: 90 minutes (with intermission)

Grade 2 and up

One of the most celebrated books in children's literature and the #1 most requested DCT play returns to the stage to create a remarkable world of magic. Join young adventurers Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy as they step through the not so ordinary wardrobe and into the mythical land of C.S. Lewis' Narnia. Facing fantastic creatures and fierce battles in the heart and on the land, the four siblings must find the courage to battle the treacherous White Witch in order to end the deadly eternal winter in the beautiful forest. Guided by the all-knowing Lion, Aslan, these discoverers learn to cast aside their own fears to find the heroes within themselves.

Show Themes: BETRAYAL, FORGIVENESS, COURAGE, GOOD VS. EVIL, KINDNESS, FAMILY, TRANSFORMATION, EXPLORATION

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DCT's NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION

MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY

Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall
Directed by K. Doug Miller

Estimated Run Time: 60 minutes

Kindergarten and up
Cost: $5 per person

Are you ready for some football?! Well...don't look to the Horace B. Smedley Tornadoes for a win because they've never even scored a single point! With an unfocused team that won't change their attitudes, Coach Armstrong goes crazy. So, Miss Nelson, the school's favorite teacher, calls in a trusted, but highly feared reinforcement in this zany musical spectacular. The bold and intimidating Coach Viola Swamp whips the Tornadoes into shape just in time for the big rivalry game. Ready. Set. Hut!

Show Themes: Humor, School, Sports, Team Effort, Hard Work

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TEEN SCENE PLAYERS present...

THE RAVEN SOCIETY

By Philip Schaeffer
Music by Philip Schaeffer
Based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"
Directed by Nancy Schaeffer

Estimated Run Time: 45 minutes

Grade 4 and up
Cost: $5 per person

Quoth the Raven..."Nevermore." Meet The Raven Society: a group of nine dedicated to meeting at midnight to recite and discuss Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven." Trouble is, with the 2019–2021 COVID recommendations, meeting in a graveyard – while appealingly atmospheric – is just too uncertain. Surely a Zoom call could work just as well. But, what's this mysterious figure that keeps appearing? In this spooky, funny, and educational show, The Raven Society proves that true horror dwells within.

Show Themes: Creativity, Imagination, Social Distancing

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TEEN SCENE PLAYERS present...

ANDI BOI

Written and Directed by Bruce R. Coleman
Co-produced with Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
in partnership with First Unitarian Church of Dallas

Estimated Run Time: 60 minutes

Grade 7 and up
(Contains adult language)

Cost: $5 per person

As more and more young people are coming to terms with gender identity and transitioning, there is a need for resources that can encourage conversation and understanding in a safe and open environment. Dallas Children's Theater is pleased to add this topic to its series of internationally-recognized teen issue plays. Andi is a transgender teen entering his first day of school identifying as a male. Former classmates recall his last name when they hear it, but there is something different about Andi that keeps the dots from connecting clearly in their minds. Soon his new teachers, classmates, and his classmates' parents will figure it out. How will they react? With aggression? With compassion? With confusion? Inspired by one teen's journey, ANDI BOI is told with a sensitivity towards Andi and uses wit, heart, and warmth to help audiences find their way to greater compassion and awareness. Setting up post-show conversations with subject matter resources is encouraged. Contact DCT for assistance.

Inspired by one teen's journey, this play is not attempting to represent the spectrum of scenarios that are going on in the transgender community, but rather to pave a way to start conversation and foster awareness and understanding.

Show Themes: Gender Identity, Tolerance, Empathy, Kindness, Growth

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For more information on study guides, contact Trish Long, Field Trip Coordinator, at 214-978-0120 (email fieldtrips@dct.org).

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

IMAGE CREDITS
PADDINGTON SAVES CHRISTMAS images: Courtesy of Rockefeller Productions. © P&Co Ltd 2019 Licensed on behalf of Copyrights Group. DRAGONS LOVE TACOS logo: Courtesy of Penguin Group. Illustration: Daniel Salmieri, from the book Dragons Love Tacos © 2010. ANDI BOI logo designed by Bruce R. Coleman. All other images © 2021 Dallas Children's Theater.

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