BWW Review: CHILDREN'S THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2017 - 2018 SEASON at The Children's Theatre Of Cincinnati

BWW Review: CHILDREN'S THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2017 - 2018 SEASON at The Children's Theatre Of Cincinnati

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati Plans a Memorable 2017-2018 Season

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati announces its 2017-2018 season. It celebrates 93 years with six productions.

On the main stage at the Taft season, the following plays will run:

  • PETER PAN, JR. - October 21 - 22, 27 - 29, 2017
  • CINDERELLA - December 9 - 10, 15 - 17, 2017
  • MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE February 10 - 11, 16 - 18, 2018
  • MARY POPPINS, JR. - April 7 - 8, 13 - 15, 2018

The Showtime Series at 4015 Red Bank Road consists of:

  • POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL (February 23 - March 25, 2018)
  • Dr. Seuss' THE CAT IN THE HAT (June - July, 2017)

"We are 93 years young - and we still haven't grown up," said Producing Artistic Director Roderick Justice. "We are proud of our mission: to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. We feel this season is going to do just that and help families make last memories together."

A musical based on the play Sir J. M. Barrie, PETER PAN, JR. has lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, music by Morris Charlap with additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Jule Style provided additional music. Jerome Robbins originally directed, choreographed and adapted the musical.

The musical features iconic songs, "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up" and "Never Never Land." It is the traditional story of Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, the Darling children and Captain Hook.

Following PETER PAN, JR. is CINDERELLA by John Davidson, just in time for the holidays. It is the classic fairytale set to popular music.

MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE is based on the Dreamworks Animation motion picture and the book by Kevin Del Aguila. Original music and lyrics are provided by George Noriega and Joel Someillan. Animals escape New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar.

MARY POPPINS, JR. is a musical based on the stories of P. L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. Original music and lyrics are by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, with the book by Julian Fellowes. New songs and additional music and lyrics are provided by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

Subscriptions ranging from $43 to $103 are available for all four mainstage productions given at the Taft Theatre. Single tickets go on sale August 22. For information, call (513) 569-8080 ext. 10 or visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com.

The Showtime Series at Red Bank is offered on The Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage, a small 152-seat performance space housed in the company's new facility. "This new theatrical facility gives us the opportunity to program for new audiences, including preschoolers as well as middle and high school students," said Kim Deaton, managing director and chief executive officer. "Thus, we begin the creation of future arts patrons in Cincinnati at an even earlier age, and extend their engagement through high school. The Showtime Series will allow us to program the new space with more than 64 performances."

POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL is based on a book written by Melvin Tunstall III, co-composer and lyricist Douglas Lyons. Co-composer is Greg Borowsky.

Eight-year-old Lily Polkadot moved to the Squares Only small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces the task of obtaining acceptance from her peers. She also deals with bullying and segregated drinking fountains. The show is inspired by civil rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine. Tickets are $20 and available by calling 800-745-3000.

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati: Phone (513) 569-8080 or email info@tctcincinnati.com.

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