You know my recent love with Children’s Theatre? Well, a while back they announced the plays for the 13/14 season, and honestly, I kind of didn’t care. It was good to know, but I would get that info out to you when the time came.
Since then, I have been to a production and fallen in LOVE with them, so this time when they released the announcement about ticket sales, I am jumping for joy. I can’t wait for this next season. It’s going to be great.
This just in!
Single tickets for Children’s Theatre Company’s (CTC) 2013-2014 productions will officially go on sale
Tuesday July 23, following a priority period for CTC subscribers and donors.
Single tickets begin at only $18.50. Ticket prices will be at their lowest point in the season immediately after they go on sale. A variety of subscription packages offering the best seats at the best prices allow savings of up to 50% off the regular price and will continue to be available for purchase throughout the season.
Purchasing tickets online is fast and easy with 24/7 “no waiting” access to select your own seats.
Tickets can also be purchased over the phone, or in-person during regular box office hours (Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.; Sunday: noon – 5 p.m.).
Group rates are available at a discount of up to 25% for any group of ten or more for all productions (except for Balloonacy), and can be arranged by calling 612-872-5319.
CTC’s weekly $10 ticket program, replacing pay-what-you-can tickets, allows all Twin Cities families to attend together, with
$10 tickets available for every performance of every show! At least twenty seats are held by the CTC ticket office for every
performance at this rate and $10 tickets go on sale every Sunday at noon for the following week’s performances. Tickets
must be bought in person or by phone and are sold on a first-come-first served basis.
The 2013-2014 Season:
By Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White
Directed by Greg Banks
September 17 –October 27, 2013
One ofthe most beloved stories in children’s literature, brought to cackling, baaing, mooing, whinnying life for the first time on the CTC
The Wong Kids in The Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!
By Lloyd Suh, co-produced with Ma-Yi Theater
Directed by Ralph Peña
October 8 –November 17, 2013 (Cargill Stage)
Commissioned by Children’s Theatre Company, this rock-‘em, sock-‘em, yes-there-are-robots comic adventure comes from one of the
hottest playwrights today, Lloyd Suh, and New York’s renowned Ma-Yi Theater. Inspired by action movies, Manga, comics, and anyone
who’s ever had to put up with squabbling siblings, it’s all about uniting courageously in the face of a common enemy, and discovering a
best friend where you least expect one.
Cinderella (must close January 5!)
Adapted by John B. Davidson, Original Music by Victor Zupanc
Based on the fairytale by Charles Perrault
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
November 12, 2013 – January 5, 2014
It’s back! And it’s as wild, unexpected, hilarious, romantic, and outrageous as ever. This original musical adaptation was a sellout
audience favorite, so get your tickets early to ensure you get quality time with Dorcas and Pearl, the world’s ugliest, funniest stepsisters.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites
Produced by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Adapted, directed, and designed by Jim Morrow
Music by Steven Naylor, Narrated by Gordon Pinsent
January 14 – February 23, 2014 (Multilingual performances available)
This innovative staging of Eric Carle’s most-loved tales uses blacklight-illuminated puppets to push the limits of stage and storytelling,
with a caterpillar blooming into a butterfly, a little cloud taking a fanciful flight across the sky, and an entire theatre swept away by Carle’s
gentle genius tales. Produced by the groundbreaking puppetmasters of the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, this is a once-in-a-lifetime
chance to see one of Canada’s most popular productions.
The Scarecrow and His Servant
By Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the book by Philip Pullman
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
March 11 –April 6, 2014
From the award-winning author of His Dark Materials comes an unexpected, timely, and powerful message: Sometimes the secrets of
your past can be the key to your future. Lightning zaps consciousness into a pea-brained but fearless scarecrow, and it’s up to him and his
sharp-witted servant boy to save their kingdom from certain ruin. Adapted from Philip Pullman’s critically acclaimed novel, it’s an ecoconscious story wrapped up in a fairy tale plunged into an unforgettable adventure.
By Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
March 25 – May 4, 2014 (Cargill Stage)
It starts so simply: A balloon drifts through the window of a lonely old man’s home. And then something seriously silly happens –
something kooky, wonderful, and so blissfully fun that you barely notice you’ve learned something about friendship along the way. As
part of an ongoing commitment to early childhood education, this newly commissioned work is a completely original, absolutely
unforgettable experience for the next generation of theatre lovers that has already won the AATE Distinguished Play Award.
Shrek the Musical
Music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig
Directed by Peter Rothstein
April 22 – June 8, 2014
From the bright lights of Broadway comes one of the biggest book-to-screen-to-stage productions of recent years. Shrek is foul, flatulent,
and doing just fine, thank you very much, until his life is disrupted by chance encounters with a donkey, a dragon, a princess, and the tiny
tyrant, Lord Farquaad.
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Based on the book The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Play originally produced by The National Theatre of Great Britain
Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell
Directed by Jason Ballweber
May 22 – July 20, 2014 (Cargill Stage)
Ready for more good fun that is funny? Back by popular demand, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hatis one of CTC’smost successful
productions of all time. There are lots of tricks and games, but that is not all: There’s a cup and a cake, a little toy ship and some milk in a
dish, a fish and a rake, Things One and Two, all in a jumble and a jump, here to entertain your whole bunch.
As part of CTC’s commitment to offer productions for ages two and up, there are several shows that are appropriate for
preschoolers and the whole family. Artistic Director Peter Brosius says, “This season features three world premieres long
nurtured in our new play development program, Threshold. We also love to introduce our audience to stellar companies
from across the country and around the world and this year we bring you New York’s acclaimed Ma-Yi Theater and Canada’s
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. I hope you will join us for a season filled with tales that look at what friendship truly
means, the challenges of being an outsider, and how we change and grow and become our best selves.”
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC), the world’s leading family theatre, is the first theatre for young people to win the
coveted Tony® Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Founded in 1965, CTC serves more than 250,000 people annually
and is one of the 20 largest theater companies in the nation. The company is noted for defining worldwide standards for
youth theatre with an innovative mix of classic tales, celebrated international productions and challenging new work.
Pick a date, put it on the calendar, order your tickets, and then wait in anticipation. You will love every second any show you choose!Gianna Kordatzky is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities