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Photo Flash: The Joy of Summer Comes Alive in the World Premiere of THE BEST SUMMER EVER!

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the world premiere of The Best Summer Ever! written and performed by Minnesota's treasured storyteller, Kevin Kling beginning July 11, 2018. The production includes songs and sing-a-longs by CTC's resident composer Victor Zupanc, inspired animations by Liz Schachterle, and directed by CTC's Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius. This inventive and hilarious series of stories is about family, life's surprises, and the great delight of what seem to be disasters becoming your favorite memories. From Norwegian camp to interviewing a mosquito to the terror of his big sister getting her driver's license, each story transports the audience into nine-year-old Maurice's world.

"I'm really excited about performing at CTC this summer," stated Playwright and Actor Kevin Kling. "It's been a dream to have my plays produced here, like Lyle the Crocodile, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, and Mississippi Panorama - the productions are always incredible. This story combines the art of storytelling and the magic of theater to tell the tale of Maurice-which everyone pronounces Morris-a boy with a vivid imagination. I am thrilled to be working with Peter Brosius again, along with the wonderful visual worlds Liz Schachterle conjures, and sharing the stage with my immensely talented pal Victor Zupanc-it all promises to truly make this the best summer ever."

Imagine the sweet taste of an ICEE, spending time on the farm, barbeque sing-a-longs, stories from grandpa, and seeing the world with new eyes. You may recognize your own family, and that magical summer when life is changed, families are transformed, and the adventures are non-stop.

"What a treat it is to bring Kevin Kling's brilliance to our audience again," stated Artistic Director and Director, Peter C. Brosius. "The stories that Kevin will tell are full of the sensation of wonder, surprise, and expectation that summertime brings. Kevin makes us laugh, makes us think, and touches our hearts while he celebrates growing up and the lessons we learn along the way."

The Best Summer Ever! begins July 11 and runs through July 29, 2018, on the UnitedHealth Group Stage and is recommended for ages 8 and up. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the ticket office at 612.874.0400.

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation's largest and most acclaimed theatre for young people and serves a multigenerational audience. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire for nearly 275,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to creating world class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.

Photo Credit: Dan Norman

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