Wow, what a year Zoe just had traveling with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and her play ROE. Because we grew so close to theater we’re going to be sharing theater announcements now on MomStart.
The Seattle Children’s theater has many amazing programs for children, from plays they can watch, plays they can participate in and educational classes. Next year I’m hoping to take advantage of their theater home school program.
Seattle Children’s Theatre recently announced their ambitious 2017-2018 season at the annual Sneak Peek event for teachers and subscribers. The 43rd season of the world-renowned arts organization for young people will feature six incredible shows for ages 3+ to 9+, ranging in genre from two musicals, two classics, two world premieres, and one historical piece. The season heralds new Artistic Director Courtney Sale’s first season as curator, with her Seattle directorial debut hitting the stage in January 2018. Ticket packages are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale August 1, 2017.
Also coming next season is an expansion of the Access SCT which includes discounts on tickets and Drama School tuition, and discounts for military and veteran families. Families receiving public assistance can receive a $20 ticket for a family of 8 and $25 and $50 class vouchers through the SCT Drama School. Additional discount opportunities include those available through AAA, Chinook Book, Teen Tix, and RUSH tickets offered one-hour prior to show time.
About the 2017-18 Season
Go, Dog. Go! | September 28 – November 26, 2017 | Ages 3+
Mr. Popper’s Penguins | November 9 – December 31, 2017 | Ages 4+
The Little Prince | January 18 – March 4, 2018 | Ages 6+
Citizen 13559: The Journal of Ben Uchida | February 8 – March 4, 2018 | Ages 9+
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience | March 22 – May 13, 2018 | Ages 5+
The Lamp is the Moon | April 12 – May 20, 2018 | Ages 3+
The season begins with the fan-favorite Go, Dog. Go! – one of the most inventive adaptions in SCT’s repertoire. The madcap party never stops as zany canines, big and small, leap off the page and work together to bring P.D. Eastman’s famous book to life. Kids 3+ will love keeping up with Red, Blue, Yellow and Green Dog not seen on stage since 2003.
Tap-dancing into the holidays is the all-British cast of Mr. Popper’s Penguins which lights up the stage with vaudevillian song and dance numbers, imaginative storytelling, hilarious puppetry and charming music as the troupe of extraordinary Antarctic penguins flock into Mr. and Mrs. Popper’s lives and warm the hearts of their sleepy English town. Families will adore this toe-tapping adventure which introduces the classic book to a new generation and culminates with a special New Year’s Eve performance, fit for the whole family.
The New Year will rock your world with space travel, time travel, and goodtime rock ‘n’ roll. The Little Prince orbits first, taking audiences ages 6+ from a small, faraway asteroid to the Sahara Desert and a stranded aviator in a dreamlike journey that unfolds across a universe. Artistic Director Courtney Sale’s SCT directorial debut will enchant audiences young and old with this treasured tale adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic novella about the power of innocence and boundless love.
SCT follows this up with the apropos Citizen 13559: The Journal of Ben Uchida, the story of a 12-year-old Japanese-American boy whose life is changed forever following the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor. When the U.S. government forces Japanese-American citizens into internment camps, Ben and his family must face difficult truths about the idea of home. The production illuminates one young person’s struggle to understand a society allowing mass discrimination against its citizens, which poses questions as urgent today as they were in history. For ages 9+.
Opening in March 2018, SCT collaborates again with Emmy winner, Caldecott honoree and Elephant and Piggie creator Mo Willems for the world premiere of Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience. The wild rock opera experience for ages 5+ introduces Wilbur, a clothes-loving mole rat with exceptional style who must navigate the pressures of trying to fit in without a fitting room. With tail-shaking tunes from Debra Wicks La Puma, Elephant and Piggie’s composer extraordinaire, the musical’s empowering messages of individuality and classic Mo Willems hilarity will rock your socks on!
SCT’s season finale spotlights another world premiere and exciting new work, The Lamp is the Moon – an interactive, audience-engaged experience by playwright Kirk Lynn for ages 3+. Kids will meet Shawn, a bright young girl with a head full of science and imagination, which makes naptimes particularly difficult. Today it’s her friend, Lamp, that despite having no cord and no bulb, triggers a wide awake adventure when it reveals its greatest dream is to learn to fly and become the moon. Families will launch into a voyage fit for mission control as they guide Shawn and Lamp through a naptime escape and go blasting into space.
The 2016-2017 season is supported by generous contributions from season sponsors Microsoft, Arts Fund, and The Shubert Foundation, which will help the organization serve 130,000 annually and provide more than 60,000 free or significantly reduced tickets to children in the Puget Sound area.
Production details of the 2017-18 season.
Go, Dog. Go!
Adapted by Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz
Adapted From The Book “Go Dog. Go!” by P.D. Eastman
Published By Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Copyright © 1961 by P.D. Eastman Copyright © renewed 1989 by Mary L. Eastman All rights reserved
Music composed by Michael Koerner
“Do You Like My Hat?” Lyrics by Michael Koerner
September 28 – November 26, 2017; for ages 3+; Eve Alvord Theatre
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Presented in association with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and TC Beech
Adapted for the stage by Pins and Needles Productions
Music by Luke Bateman and Lyrics by Richy Hughes
November 9 – December 31, 2017; for ages 4+; Charlotte Martin Theatre
The Little Prince
Adapted by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
Based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Original music by David Dabbon
Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois
January 18 – March 4, 2018; for ages 6+; Charlotte Martin Theatre
Citizen 13559: The Journal of Ben Uchida
Adapted by Naomi Iizuka
Based on the Dear America series book by Barry Denenberg
Produced with special permission from Scholastic
February 8 – March 4, 2018; for ages 9+; Eve Alvord Theatre
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience
Script and lyrics by Mo Willems
Based on the book Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
March 22 – May 13, 2018; for ages 5+; Charlotte Martin Theatre
The Lamp is the Moon
By Kirk Lynn
April 12 – May 20, 2018; for ages 3+; Eve Alvord Theatre