Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to present a global 2019–2020 Season, including two CTC commissioned works, two international presentations, surprising reimagined classic fairy tales, and exciting musicals. From Ethiopia to Jamaica to small town Minnesota, experience the world with Children’s Theatre Company through a wide range of productions that will engage conversations and create unforgettable memories.
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams is the very first circus piece to play at CTC! It oozes pure joy, virtuosity, and expression by amazing acrobats. Their incredible skill and heroic acts are both extraordinary and deeply human, and we know will leave anyone who sees them in awe. Early reviews say the show is “exhilarating fun” (Pioneer Press), “absolutely stunning form beginning to end” (Minnemama Adventures), and “one of the best shows we have seen at CTC” (audience member).
With Snow White returns one of CTC’s favorite playwrights: Greg Banks. His adaptation of Snow White is a witty, humorous, and full-of-heart story…told by only two actors. Our Snow White will have agency and choose her family and freedom over the classic definition of “happily ever after.” Did we mention it’s funny? Two fantastic actors will play Snow White, the huntsman, the prince, all seven dwarves and more in this fabulously funny fairy tale with a you-won’t-see-it-coming twist!
Between Snow White and Cinderella, we will be looking at that classic notion of the princess—and intentionally flipping it on its head! In the CTC holiday tradition Cinderella, the Victorian holiday party, the glamorously shameless comedy, and songs will be heightened and explored anew and, of course, will dazzle with the lavish ballroom scenes that are full of spectacle and wonder for all ages.
One of the joys of making theatre is that bringing an entire world to life on stage, and with Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, CTC brings the world of Jamaica alive! On a snowy Minnesota day in January, there’s nothing more exciting than the idea of a Jamaican world: its beaches, its birds, animals, color and life, its music… Bob Marley’s music is extraordinary because it has united the world around how to create joy, how do we be there for each other, and how to love and support one another.
The playwright of Spamtown, USA, Philip Dawkins, spent considerable time in Austin, Minnesota, interviewing people about the P-9 worker’s strike that happened there in the 1980s. He was specifically curious about the perspective of the young people who lived through those events. In Spamtown, USA, we’ll take a kid’s point of view, we get to see a national event that began here in Minnesota that still has ripples today.
The Rainbow Fish is a story that challenges us to be our best, most generous selves, and to understand how we all grow when we are able to reach out to the other and share what is the best part of our selves. This play comes to life with dazzling puppetry and music. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has created another extraordinary event where the books you love spring to vibrant and magical life.
Annie is filled with humor, intrigue, and at the center is a friendship and love that are profound and moving. What we also love about this piece is seeing how even in the darkest of times, during the Great Depression, that a feeling that anything is possible can still survive and flourish. We can’t wait to share this piece with you because it inspires, delights, and fills us with a powerful sense of joy.
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