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2014 - 2015 Season

Busytown the Musical
September 16 – October 26, 2014
Kevin Kling's adaptation of Richard Scarry's beloved series is a wild, joyful musical.
Recommended for Grades K – 4

September 30 – November 9, 2014
Paul Fleischman's piercing story of a vacant lot turned community garden stars the incredible Sonja Parks, playing every character.
Recommended for Grades 3 – 8

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
November 11, 2014 – January 4, 2015
This smash-hit is back by popular demand! Journey to Whoville for the holidays.
Recommended for All Ages

January 13 – February 22, 2015
This unforgettable piece has toured the world but never been on our stage. Experience the character "Snowflake" as he brings life to every object he touches.
Recommended for Grades K – 4

Huck Finn
March 3 – April 4, 2015
Writer/director Greg Banks brings his signature style to a hilarious, powerful adaptation of Mark Twain's Mississippi River classic.
Recommended for Grades 3 – 8

Peter Pan the Musical
April 21 – June 21, 2015
Travel to Neverland with CTC next spring for one of musical theatre's most beloved productions.
Recommended for All Ages

Don't miss our add-on productions!

The Biggest Little House in the Forest
February 6 – March 15, 2015
For preschoolers, we bring back the interactive, magical play about Bernice the Butterfly and her other forest friends.
Recommended for ages 2 -5

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
July 7 – August 16, 2015
An immersive stage experience like never before for summer! Join the quest to find Captain Nemo as you're led through the building, its corridors and corners transformed into a submarine.
Recommended for Grades 3 – 8

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2013-2014 Season

Plays in Development

Even as audiences are enjoying the productions currently onstage, CTC is working with playwrights across the country and around the world to create brand new plays that will premiere on our stages in upcoming seasons. A major developer of new plays for young audiences, CTC has commissioned and produced over 35 new plays in the last 15 years. How do we do it? We search the globe for playwrights whose work thrills and excites us. We hire them to write an original play or to adapt a classic story or contemporary children’s book. We hold readings and workshops to test the plays and, finally, we produce them in the beautiful, adventurous style that CTC is known for!

Plays developed and premiered at CTC include: A Year with Frog and Toad, Cinderella, Esperanza Rising, Robin Hood , Buccaneers!, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Iqbal, Iron Ring and The Biggest Little House in the Forest.

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting new play development at Children’s Theatre Company.

Artists Under Commission:
Greg Banks, Jocelyn Clark, Steve Cosson and Michael Friedman, Philip Dawkins, Larissa Fasthorse, Paul Fleischman, Madeleine George, Jerome Hairston, Jeffrey Hatcher, Naomi Iizuka, Kevin Kling, Barry Kornhauser, Taylor Mac, David Mallamud, Qui Nguyen, Shane Rettig, Lloyd Suh, Ryan Underbakke and Nick Ryan, Cheryl West

Plays in Development:

20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea
Conceived and Directed by Ryan Underbakke
Based on the novel by Jules Verne

What secrets lie inside the Nautilus, the mythic submergible piloted by the mysterious Captain Nemo? In this interactive, participatory new version of the classic adventure story, audiences will “suit up” as part of an exploratory SWAT team sent to explore the underwater secrets of the Nautilus and capture Captain Nemo. Picture a live-action videogame or the coolest laser tag game ever and you’ll have a sense of what this show will be like. No sitting down for this one! CTC’s Cargill theatre will be transformed into the dark halls and magic rooms of the Nautilus and you’ll be in role and in the middle of the action!

The Abominables: The Minnesota Hockey Musical
Book by Steve Cosson
Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

Rink Rats and Hockey Moms, pond hockey, tournament weekends and the quest to play your best—the Great State of Hockey deserves a great hockey….musical!! It’s tryouts for the Bantam Boy’s Hockey A Team. Mitch has always played on the A Team—these are his guys—they’ve played together forever. But he hasn’t had his growth spurt yet and he’s worried this could be the year he gets sent down to the B team. When a new kid appears at try-outs, things go from bad to worse—wait until you get a load of what this kid can do on the ice!

Akeelah and the Bee
Based on the film written and directed by Doug Atchison
Adapted by Cheryl L. West

Akeelah Anderson is a precocious eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Against the objections of her mother, Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee and by the proud residents of her neighborhood. When Akeelah advances to the final in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, her neighborhood unites to witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.

The Arrival
Based on the graphic novel by Shaun Tan
Conceived and Created by Peter C. Brosius and Jocelyn Clarke

Shaun Tan’s lauded graphic novel is the inspiration for this potent, poetic exploration of the immigrant experience. Told entirely through movement, music and visual projections, the story follows a man who leaves his family to build a new life for them in a new world.

The Best Summer Ever!
By Kevin Kling
Music by Victor Zupanc

It’s summertime in Minnesota! Head up North! Stay up late! Ride your bike, swim in the lake, build a fort, eat ice cream until you’re ready to burst! Who cares if there’s mosquitoes in the outhouse, your dad burns the burgers, the girl you have a crush on won’t give you the time of day and you’re not sure you’ll ever make it off the end of the high dive? Even when things go wrong, if it’s summer in Minnesota, it’s gonna be the best summer ever! Storyteller Kevin Kling brings his whacky, whimsical, totally hometown style to a new musical sure to charm Minnesotans young and old.

Dr Seuss’ The Sneetches
Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Book and Lyrics by Philip Dawkins
Music and Lyrics by David Mallamud

The Star Belly Sneetches believe themselves to be superior to the Plain Belly Sneetches, until Sylverster McMonkey McBean, a charlatan with a Star On/Star Off machine comes to town and suddenly no one can tell who is who and what is what. This beloved, whimsical tale is also Seuss’ crie de couer against the absurdity and danger of discrimination. Like The 500 Hats of Bartholmew Cubbins and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Seuss Estate had entrusted CTC to create the first live, theatrical version of this story

Fancy Dancer
By Larissa FastHorse

It’s not like 7-year-old Lara wants to take ballet, she’d rather but climbing a tree or sliding down a muddy hill, but when a doctor prescribes ballet as a cure for her mal-formed foot, the thought of saying good-bye to clunky orthopedic shoes is enough to get her in the door at Miss Monica’s School of Dance. Once inside, Lara discovers the sheer, physical thrill of ballet and the power that comes from overcoming your own limitations. But can a girl like Lara, born on the Rosebud Reservation and growing up in Pierre, South Dakota ever succeed in the cutthroat world of professional ballet?

Based on the life experiences of playwright and professional ballerina, Larissa FastHorse, this extraordinary story will strike a chord with anyone who has dreamed an impossible dream and found the will to achieve it.

The Jungle Book
Based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling
Adapted and Directed by Greg Banks

When his parents are driven off by Shere Khan, the Tiger, young Mowgli is left alone in the jungle. Embraced by a wolf pack and raised as one of their own, he learns the Laws of the Jungle from creatures great and small, including Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther. Mowgli lives happily among his jungle friends until, in order to save the jungle from Shere Khan, Mowgli must face the fact that he is a man.

Based on the novel by Paul Fleishman

The folks who live in the apartment buildings surrounding a vacant lot in an immigrant neighborhood in Cleveland think they know just what that lot is good for—nothing! Trash, drugs, crime—things you don’t want in your neighborhood but can’t seem to get rid of—that’s what the lot is for. But, when a young Korean girl plants three small beans, the lot is transformed into a place of possibility and connection. Old people are reminded of the farms and gardens left behind when they moved to America. Young people discover the thrill of dirt between their fingers and the pride of tending something and watching it grow.

This inspiring book has been selected by Community Reads programs across the country, including Read One Wisconsin, and was NPR’s Backseat Book Club selection in April, 2012.

The Snowy Day
Based on the work of Ezra Jack Keats
Adapted by Jerome Hairston

Ezra Jack Keats’ Caldecott Medal-winning classic story of Peter, who wakes up one morning to find that snow had fallen and transformed his urban neighborhood into a magical landscape. Donning his red snow suit, Peter ventures outside to battle bullies, build snowmen and see if he can bring just a little bit of winter home in his pocket.
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The run time is 50 minutes with no intermission

Lap Seats will be available for $10 for Children 18 months and younger

The ticket office will open 1 hour prior to weekday 10:30 AM shows for walk up sales and will call. The ticket office will be open 2 hours prior to all other performances.

This performance contains loud noises such as bumps, squeaks, thunder, crashes, music, and cartoon noises.

The ASL/AD Performance will be on Friday, June 27 at 7PM
The Sensory Friendly Performance will be on Saturday July 12 at 2PM

Based on the book
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Originally produced by
The National Theatre of Great Britain

Adapted & originally directed by
Katie Mitchell

Directed by
Jason Ballweber

Creative Team & Production Staff
SET & PROPS DESIGN ADAPTER       Samantha Johns
COSTUMER      Deborah L. Shippee
LIGHTING DESIGNER     Rebecca Fuller Jensen
SOUND DESIGNER     Sean Healey
STAGE MANAGERS     Kathryn Sam Houkom (1), Stacy McIntosh (1)

National Theatre Creative Team
DIRECTOR     Katie Mitchell
DESIGNER     Vicki Mortimer
MUSIC     Paul Clark
SOUND DESIGNER      Gareth Fry
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR      Joseph Alford
PRODUCER      Pádraig Cusak

Recorded Musicians
KEYBOARD     Victor Zupanc (2)
VIOLIN      Carolyn Boulay (2)
TROMBONE     Wade Clark (2)
PERCUSSION     Steve Kimball (2)

(1) Denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
(2) Denotes a member of the Twin Cities Musician Union, Local 30-73, AFM
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DEAN HOLT (Cat in the Hat) is a member of CTC’s Resident Acting Company and has appeared in more than 75 productions over the past 20 years. He is the recipient of two Ivey Awards for his performances in Reeling and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and is a graduate of St. John’s University. When not onstage, Dean can be found with his wife and kids doing all sorts of fun things, building forts and bunkbeds, sledding, having NERF battles, riding scooters, playing games and trying to figure out what exactly MINECRAFT is, seriously, I don’t get it. He would like to thank all of you for helping make CTC such a special place for artists and audiences alike;  he would like to thank the artists he has worked with over the years, both onstage and off, for continuing to inspire him and to teach him why it is we do what we do; and he wants to thank Stacy, Henry and Emmet, and his family most of all for making him laugh, giving him love and making his world so complete and colorful


ELISE LANGER (Sally) is so happy to be back at CTC where she was last seen as Nelly in A Special Trade, Wendy in Peter Pan and Pinocchio in Pinocchio. Originally from Paris, France, Elise has lived and performed in San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Paris, Boise and is now happily based in Minneapolis. Locally, she has performed with: Ten Thousand Things; Open Eye Figure Theatre; Four Humors Theater; Theatre de la Jeune Lune; Minnesota Orchestra; Bedlam Theatre; The History Theatre; Jon Ferguson Theater and TigerLion Arts. She co-created and performed in Milly and Tillie at Open Eye Figure Theatre, which received Ivey Award recognition for Overall Excellence in 2013. Elise studied at the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris. www.eliselanger.com


DOUGLAS NEITHERCOTT (Boy) is excited to return to Children’s Theatre Company for more Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat fun! A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, an avid cat lover and a former CTC Performing Apprentice, Doug has appeared on the UnitedHealth Group Stage several times over the past 15 years. Some of his favorite roles include Quien Po in Disney’s Mulan Jr., Hubert Prentiss in The Magic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and The Leading Actor in Reeling. Doug is also the Artistic Director and a 20-year veteran performer at The ComedySportz Improv Theater and a regular director/choreographer for the Youth Performance Company.


GERALD DRAKE (Fish) has been a member of CTC’s acting company for 42 years. Among his favorite roles are the Stepmother in early productions of Cinderella, Long John Silver in Treasure Island, Fagan in Oliver Twist, Mr. Toad in Wind in the Willows and Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet. Gerald has toured to and performed in Munich, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Moscow. He is the recipient of a McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship. Married 44 years to his wife Kathie, they have two daughters, Kelly and Kristina, and he lives out his drumming fantasy by watching his son Bobby play in The Hold Steady. He is thrilled to welcome a new audience member to CTC, his grandson Victor Leo.


ANA CHRISTINE EVANS (Thing 1) is thrilled to be returning to CTC for the third time for Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. She was last seen at CTC as Alice in the madcap Alice in Wonderland. Ana will be a senior at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School this fall. She has been active at Stages Theatre, the History Theatre, Bloomington Civic Theater and her high school. In her spare time, Ana enjoys playing piano, being outdoors, and trying new things. She would like to thank her parents for their constant support and the Children’s Theatre Company for yet another round of adventure.


CLAIRE HOFFMAN (Thing 2) is thrilled to join the talented cast at CTC as they visit Sally and her brother on a rainy day. Previous CTC credits include: Alice in Wonderland, Pippi Longstocking and Annie. Claire is a freshman at The Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights and thanks the administration and teachers for their support of her acting endeavors. She also thanks her parents for the commitment and support they have given her. When Claire isn’t performing, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing soccer, and alpine skiing.


DIOGO LOPES (Thing 2) studied at the Academia Contemporânea do Espectáculo in Porto, Portugal, and at LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts). He has been performing, teaching and directing physical theatre and clown since 2001 in Portugal, Spain, France, England and the United States. Previously at CTC, Diogo performed in Babe, the Sheep Pig. Diogo is Artistic Director of Transatlantic Love Affair, that created Ballad of the Pale Fisherman (which received a 2012 Ivey Award), Ash Land, Red Resurrected and These Old Shoes. Locally, Diogo has performed in Pinocchio with Jon Ferguson’s company “Theatre Forever” and The Happy Show with Live Action Set. Diogo lives in St. Paul with his beautiful wife, awesome son and giant dog. He’s thrilled to be a part of this production.


KIMBERLY RICHARDSON (Understudy: Sally, Things) is an actor and dancer in the Twin Cities. Some of her favorite roles include Ed Norton in Open Eye Figure Theatre’s To the Moon (an all-female version of the 50s TV show The Honeymooners), the Nurse in Four Humors’ Romeo and Juliet, Colonel Pickering in Ten Thousand Things’ My Fair Lady, and Nelly in A Special Trade right here at CTC. Kimberly has also made up two comedies with her fake sister but real friend Sara Richardson, and danced with more than 25 different choreographers around town. Kimberly received a 2006 SAGE Award for dance performance and a 2012 Next Step Grant to study voice and clown arts in France and Switzerland.


MILES DUFFEY (Understudy: Boy, Fish, Cat) played in The Wizard of Oz, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, and Pippi Longstocking and was also an understudy for Mercy Watson to the Rescue!, A Wrinkle in Time, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Alice in Wonderland, and The Scarecrow and His Servant at Children’s Theatre Company. Miles has also worked for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, performing in The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado about Nothing, Macbeth and The Two Gentleman of Verona. He has also understudied for the Guthrie Theater and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. actor training program. He is thrilled to be a part of bringing some Dr. Seuss to life!

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