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Approximate run time: 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission
Run time and other details are subject to change during rehearsal process.

The Abominables
Produced in association with The Civilians
Written by Steve Cosson
Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Directed by Steve Cosson
Choreographer Joe Chvala
A Children’s Theatre Company Commissioned World Premiere
Best enjoyed by age 8+

Rink rats, hockey moms, tournament weekends and the quest to play your best – It’s tryout season in the Great State of Hockey! Mitch has always played on the A team for the Prairie Lake Blizzards – these are his guys – they've played together forever, but he's worried this could be the year he gets sent down to the B team. When a new “kid” appears at Bantam tryouts, things go from bad to worse. From the land of ice and nice comes the first Minnesota hockey musical! Will you love it? You betcha!

About The Civilians
The Civilians is a company that creates new theater from creative investigations into the most vital questions of the present. Through a number of artistic programs, The Civilians advances theater as an engine of artistic innovation and strengthens the connections between theater and society. An artist-led company, The Civilians creates and produces new theater and pursues its artistic mission through programs serving artists and the public.

Performance Description

CTC’s The Abominables is a musical performance by a large cast of adults and student actors. This production is a world premiere - that means this is the first time it’s ever been performed. The show was commissioned, developed, and originally produced through our new play development lab, Threshold, here at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN and will be produced in association with The Civilians in New York. This production was inspired by interviews with students and families around Minnesota.

This production takes place on the UnitedHealth Group Stage which seats up to 745 people.

Approximate run time: 2 hours including one 15-minute intermission.

Plot Synopsis

written by Elissa Adams, Director of New Play Development
Be warned: This is a complete synopsis of the play, so it is full of spoilers.

It's a big day in Prairie Lakes, Minnesota— the local youth hockey league, the Blizzards, are holding team tryouts! Mitch and his pals have played hockey together since they were little. This year, they are looking forward to making the Bantam Boys “A” team, and, hopefully, finally beating their rivals—the team from Thunder Bay, Canada. But a new kid has moved to Prairie Lakes and he's at tryouts too. As soon as Mitch hears about the new kid, he begins to worry that he won't get a spot on the team and as tryouts commence, out onto the ice skates the new kid—Harry. Harry is big, fast, a super skater and...a yeti. Adopted by a mountain-climbing couple who found him alone in the snow in the Himalayas, Harry and his family have moved to Prairie Lakes so that Harry can play hockey. Sure enough, when the team rosters are announced, Harry has made the “A” team and Mitch has not. Harry, who loves hockey, but would really just like to make some new friends, offers to give his spot on the team to Mitch. But Harry's parents feel like that would look like Harry is “giving up,” and Mitch's sister, Tracy—a proud member of the Blizzard girl's “B” team—tells Mitch that Harry won the spot on the team fair and square and that Mitch should accept the results and have fun playing on the “B” team. Mitch agrees, but grudgingly. A few days later, at hockey practice, Harry tries to make friends with Mitch, but Mitch lashes out at Harry and tells him everyone is only pretending to like Harry and that Harry should go back to “Yetiland” where he belongs. Hurt and angry, Harry skates away. During B team practice, Mitch is so distracted by watching Harry and the “A” team boys practicing together that he ends up crashing into the boards. Mitch's parents', concerned that perhaps he has a concussion, take him home. As Mitch sleeps, he begins to dream and, in his dream, his parents tell him that they are actually yetis, too, and that Harry is their real son! Freaked out, the idea comes to Mitch in his dream that he should write a letter to Harry's yeti parents, who must be somewhere in the Himalayas missing him, and tell them to come get Harry. Then Harry will go away and Mitch can have his spot back on the “A” team. Mitch convinces himself that his dream plan is good for everyone and he sends off a letter to the Himalayas. Pretty soon, it is time for all of the Blizzards to head up to Thunder Bay, Canada for a weekend hockey tournament. Mitch goes, hoping that Harry's yeti parents will arrive and take Harry away before the “A” team plays their big game against Thunder Bay and that, with Harry gone, Mitch will take his place back on the “A” team and help them, finally, win against Canada. Meanwhile, all of the hockey players and their families are cheering for Harry, convinced that he is the one who will finally help the Blizzards win. Mitch mentions to Harry that maybe his yeti parents will find him—wouldn’t that be great? And better for Harry? Harry responds vehemently that he already HAS a family that he loves and he would never leave Prairie Lakes. Mitch then tells Harry that, while everything may be great for Harry now, the minute he slips up or makes a mistake or loses a game, people—maybe even his family—won’t love him anymore. And then where will he be? As the big game against Thunder Bay approaches, Harry, begins to doubt himself. What will happen if the team doesn't win? Will everyone blame him? Will he not have any friends anymore? Rather than wait for that to happen, Harry runs away right before the big game is about to begin. Realizing the “A” team can’t win without Harry—and that he’s the one responsible for Harry running away, Mitch dons a yeti mascot costume and joins the team on the ice, disguised as Harry. The game begins and the “A” team is holding their own—they just might beat Thunder Bay! But suddenly, Harry's yeti parents DO arrive and, mistaking Mitch for Harry, run out on the ice, disrupting the game. Mitch can't help but reveal that he's not actually Harry. Realizing that, not only Harry has disappeared, but no one knows where Harry and Mitch’s little brother and sister, Freddy and Lily are, everyone goes in search of the missing children. When they find them, safely ensconced in an igloo they built for themselves, Harry's yeti parents and adoptive parents both express their love for Harry and take a first step toward getting to know each other. Mitch's parents convince him that they will love him even if he isn't the best hockey player in Prairie Lakes and everyone comes together for a game of pond hockey.

Content Advisories: 

Language: 2 out of 5 
Competitive, argumentative and middle school language including “Shut up,” “Hell” and "Nut Cup," and bullying phrases 

Themes and Situations: 3 out of 5 
One of the boys was adopted. Discussion around parental abandonment. Biological parents show up near the end of the play. Two kids get lost in a snowstorm. General bullying. Adults mention beer and martinis. 

Violence & Scariness: 2 out of 5 
General hockey fights. A Yeti becomes angry, roars loudly and charges at other kids.

Sensory Advisories: 2 out of 5 
Loud yelling from the hockey audience members. A Yeti roars loudly. Strobe lights, fog, whistles and loud buzzers during hockey games and practices.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 3 out of 5 
Two children get lost in a snowstorm. General bullying and teasing. Biological parents show up near the end of the play. A child gets lost and is adopted by another set of parents.

Special note: This production contains potentially triggering situations surrounding adoption. If you and/or your child have adoptive experiences, please contact the ticket office at 612.874.0400 for detailed information.

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