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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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GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL: PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM

Based on the best-selling book series by R. L. Stine
Book and Lyrics by John Maclay
Music and Lyrics by Danny Abosch

October 13 - November 3, 2017
Selected 10:30AM and 12:30PM shows also available

Grade 2 and up

The haphazard detective work of Scooby Doo meets the witty banter of Glee in this frighteningly fun musical based on the beloved Goosebumps series. Brooke and Zeke are starring in their school play … The Phantom. (Yep—it's a spoof of the Broadway musical!) When strange things start to happen during rehearsals, no one is sure if it's a practical joke or if the school's theater is haunted. Wear your favorite costume and bring the entire family to this silly, and only a little spooky, adventure.

Show Themes: MYSTERY, THEATER, MUSIC, TEAMWORK, PROBLEM SOLVING

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TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT

GHOULS AND GRAVEYARDS

Featuring the works of Edgar Allan Poe, W.W. Jacobs,
Philip Schaeffer and The Coterie Theatre

October 18 - October 26, 2017

Grade 7 and up

Things do go bump in the night! This spine-tingling collection of chilling masterpieces and supernatural surprises arrives just in time for Halloween. Join the all-teen cast for a night of fright as they present a collection of stories from horror's greatest authors—Edgar Allan Poe and W. W. Jacobs—plus our own Texas ghostlore.

Show Themes: LITERARY STYLES, CAUSE AND EFFECT, HALLOWEEN

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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 16 - December 14, 2017
Selected 12:30PM shows also available

Kindergarten and up

We're fortunate that Christmastime means Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and friends are back at DCT by popular demand! Rediscover the true reason for the season while sharing laughs with the Peanuts Gang along the way. As a live combo fills your heart with music, merriment, and warmth, Charles Schulz's classic special makes you nostalgic for days gone by. Button up your coat, and meet us on the ice!

Show Themes: FRIENDSHIP, ACCEPTANCE, EMPATHY, HOLIDAY SPIRIT, TEAMWORK

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KATHY BURKS THEATRE OF PUPPETRY ARTS'

FROSTY & FRIENDS

Scripted Dialogue, Musical Arrangements & Music Performance by B. Wolf

November 28 - December 15, 2017
10:00AM and 11:30AM shows

Pre-K and up

Kathy Burks' celebrated troupe melts hearts with the endearing tale of Frosty, a lonely frozen figure hoping to make a difference during the season of giving. Frosty is sad when his elf friends Barry, Surly, and Zoe become too busy to even play in the snow! Fortunately, Frosty meets a kind snowy owl and a friendly reindeer who are more than happy to spend the cold winter days with his gentle soul. Revel in the joy of the holidays as this spirited musical comes to life.

Show Themes: HOLIDAY, FRIENDSHIP, IMAGINATION, PUPPETRY ARTS

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DCT's NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION

HOW I BECAME A PIRATE

Book, Music & Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman
Based on the book by Melinda Long
Illustrations by David Shannon

November 27 - December 1, 2017
(Moody Performance Hall) at 10:00AM;
also November 27 and December 1, 2017
(Moody Performance Hall) at 12:30PM

Kindergarten and up

Ahoy matey! It's time to sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion with Jeremy Jacob and his new pirate friends. On board the ship, Jeremy travels to new worlds while learning the rules of pirate life, and searches for a place to bury their treasure. But it isn't long before he misses his family and yearns for someone to tuck him in at night back home. A story of adventure and finding one's own heart—a path that can't be found on any map!

Show Themes: ADVENTURE, FANTASY, RISK & REWARD, FRIENDSHIP, MUSIC, DANCE

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THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller
Produced in association with Rockefeller Productions
Based on four Eric Carle books

January 18 - March 2, 2018
Selected 12:30PM shows also available
Sensory-friendly performance on February 7 at 12:30PM

Pre-K and up

The illustrations of beloved children's author Eric Carle leap from the page to the stage in a display of color and artistry like you've never seen before in this Southwest premiere. Visit the worlds of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show - The Very Hungry Caterpillar. DCT audiences are among the first to experience the larger-than-life world of 75 loveable puppets that will delight and captivate people of all ages. An Off-Broadway and London hit!

Show Themes: PUPPETRY, NATURE, ANIMALS, COLOR, METAMORPHOSIS

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TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT

SCREEN PLAY

By Linda Daugherty

February 13 - February 15, 2018

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

Fact: More than 50% of teens admit that they are addicted to their phones. They're plugged in and often tuned out. In her new play, Linda Daugherty, DCT's award-winning playwright-in-residence, explores the blurry lines between real life and life online. Cyber-bullying, explicit content and screen addiction impact the lives of a group of teens, leading to tragic consequences.

Show Themes: SOCIAL MEDIA, MENTAL HEALTH, PEER PRESSURE, GROWING UP, FRIENDSHIP

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YANA WANA'S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET

By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and María F. Rocha
Music by Héctor Martínez Morales
Co-Produced with Cara Mía Theatre Company

March 27 - April 6, 2018
Selected 12:30PM shows also available

Grade 1 and up

Ten-year-old María is having trouble in school, so her mom sends her to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in distant Laredo for discipline and perspective. There, María is told an ancient story of young Yana Wana who followed a revered deer to find water to save her people. Yana Wana's story exposes an amazing and unknown ancestral connection to the bluebonnet that gives María a renewed sense of self and family pride. You may have read one version in school; now we invite you to come see the legend through the eyes of Yana Wana in this world premiere. A beautiful, original play that illustrates the power of heritage and the value of one's own story - especially one as ancient as the petroglyphs of Texas.

Show Themes: INDIGENOUS CULTURE, FAMILY, HERITAGE, DANCE, HISTORY

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BLUE

By Annie Cusick Wood

April 18 - May 4, 2018
Selected 12:30PM shows also available
Sensory-friendly performance on April 25 at 10:00AM

Pre-K and up

Dallas Children's Theater is proud to be part of the national effort to introduce more toddler-friendly theater experiences. A growing body of research speaks to the benefits of theater for the very young. BLUE is returning as part of this initiative while additional new works for these audiences continue to be developed.
Pale Blue and Inky Blue are very happy in their blueness. When a red sock enters their kitchen, Pale and Inky AND the audience are surprised by the way their world is turned upside down. This play introduces the idea of acceptance in an age-appropriate, soft-hearted theatrical experience. It is filled with fun, humor, and whimsy—and at the end of the show, you will be too!

Show Themes: FRIENDSHIP, DEALING WITH CHANGE, ACCEPTANCE, COLORS, ROUTINE

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JUNGALBOOK

An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book stories
By Edward Mast

May 2 - May 25, 2018
Selected 10:30AM and 12:30PM shows also available

Kindergarten and up

See Kipling's original 1894 coming of age tale brought to the stage, and join Mowgli in learning the moral lessons of home, betrayal, life and death, and loyalty. Mowgli lives in the jungle surrounded by panthers, bears, wolves, snakes, and tigers. They are his protectors, and he believes he is one of them. When Mowgli comes face to face with a fearsome tiger, he is forced to choose between his bond with the jungle and the reality of his humanness. This classic story of the struggle for survival and a place that feels like home will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

Show Themes: LOYALTY, ADVENTURE, DIFFERENCES, COMING OF AGE

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DCT's NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION

HOW I BECAME A PIRATE

Book, Music & Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman
Based on the book by Melinda Long
Illustrations by David Shannon

July 3 - July 6, 2018
(Rosewood Center for Family Arts)
10:00AM and 1:30PM shows

Kindergarten and up

Ahoy matey! It's time to sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion with Jeremy Jacob and his new pirate friends. On board the ship, Jeremy travels to new worlds while learning the rules of pirate life, and searches for a place to bury their treasure. But it isn't long before he misses his family and yearns for someone to tuck him in at night back home. A story of adventure and finding one's own heart—a path that can't be found on any map!

Show Themes: ADVENTURE, FANTASY, RISK & REWARD, FRIENDSHIP, MUSIC, DANCE

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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).

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GOOSEBUMPS THE MUSICAL: PHANTOM OF THE AUDITORIUM - Produced by special arrangement with GURMAN AGENCY, LLC, New York, NY - ™ & © Scholastic Inc. SCHOLASTIC, GOOSEBUMPS and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered marks of Scholastic Inc. Based on Goosebumps® Phantom of the Auditorium. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS - Artwork Peanuts © 2015 Peanuts Worldwide LLC. All Rights Reserved. THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered marks of Eric Carle LLC, © &™
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