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Nashville Story Garden Presents GROW UP Nashville Story Garden Presents GROW UP
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2019

NASHVILLE STORY GARDEN an incubator of original theatre, film and new media projects will be presenting GROW UP: 5 One-Act World Premiere Plays THURSDAY, MAY 23rd at THE CORDELLE (45 Lindsley Ave, Downtown). The evening will also be accompanied with performances by musical duo FIRSTFALL (Sheena & Adrian Taylor). (more...)

Tomás and the Library Lady Finishes Up 18-19 Nashville Children's Theatre Season Tomás and the Library Lady Finishes Up 18-19 Nashville Children's Theatre Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 20, 2019

Based on the true story of Mexican-American author and educator Tomas Rivera, Tomas and the Library Lady - the final offering of Nashville Children's Theatre's 2018-19 season - is told in both Spanish and English, and follows the son of migrant farm workers as he discovers a surprising world of stories inside his local library with support from a special librarian. (more...)

BWW Review: Nashville Children's Theatre's World Premiere of GHOST Bolts Out of the Blocks BWW Review: Nashville Children's Theatre's World Premiere of GHOST Bolts Out of the Blocks
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 29, 2019

During the very first scenes of Ghost - the world premiere of the play by Idris Goodwin, based upon the 2016 book of the same name by Jason Reynolds, now onstage at Nashville Children's Theatre through February 3 - the audience becomes caught up in the emotional turmoil experienced by young Castle Cranshaw and his mom, Terri. As their world is upended by events taking place onstage, the story of Ghost is set in motion, hurtling toward a moment in which lives are changed and the future opens up in ways both unexpected and completely authentic. (more...)

BWW Review: Nashville Children's Theatre's Poignant and Compelling MOCKINGBIRD BWW Review: Nashville Children's Theatre's Poignant and Compelling MOCKINGBIRD
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 3, 2018

Poignant and compelling, Mockingbird - the play adapted for the stage by Julie Jensen from the National Book Award-winning novel for younger audiences by Katherine Erskine - is a remarkably timely and prescient look at the aftermath of a school shooting for the people most intimately affected by it, in particular an 11-year-old girl named Caitlin, who has Asperger's syndrome, and whose beloved older brother was a victim of the horrific incident that takes place (mercifully, for audiences) prior to the start of the play. (more...)

Grade Schooler With Asperger's Syndrome is Main Character in NCT's MOCKINGBIRD Grade Schooler With Asperger's Syndrome is Main Character in NCT's MOCKINGBIRD
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 17, 2018

Nashville Children's Theatre, the nation's oldest professional theatre for young audiences will perform Mockingbird from March 1-18. Based on the award-winning book, Mockingbird provides a look at how a parent and his daughter with Asperger's syndrome cope with a tragic loss due to a school shooting. (more...)

BWW Review: Perfect Timing for A SNOWY DAY at Nashville Children's Theatre BWW Review: Perfect Timing for A SNOWY DAY at Nashville Children's Theatre
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 5, 2018

What perfect timing! Kudos to Nashville Children's Theatre executive artistic director Ernie Nolan and education director Alicia Lark Fuss (who does double duty as director of the play) for their impeccable midwinter choice of A Snowy Day as the venerable company's first show of 2018. That they had frigid temperatures and snowy conditions to herald the opening of A Snowy Day, playwright Jerome Hairston's adaptation of four stories by Caldecott winner Ezra Jack Keats, was indeed serendipitous, lending some of Mother Nature's authenticity to the show's launch. (more...)

Theaterati of the Year Among New First Night's Top Ten Categories Revealed Theaterati of the Year Among New First Night's Top Ten Categories Revealed
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 2, 2018

Design categories, road shows, theatrical events and the 12 people whose achievements in 2017 are particularly noteworthy were revealed tonight as part two of First Night's Top Ten of 2018 - critic Jeffrey Ellis' annual review of the best in Tennessee theater was presented during a live Facebook broadcast with two of the hosts of Midwinter's First Night (Ashley Wolfe and J. Robert Lindsay) announcing the work recognized among the best of 2017. (more...)

Nashville Children's Theatre Stages Copeland's Adaptation of CINDERELLA Nashville Children's Theatre Stages Copeland's Adaptation of CINDERELLA
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 6, 2017

Nashville Children's Theatre (NCT), the nation's oldest professional theatre for young audiences announces the return of its holiday event Cinderella, in what will be the third and final year NCT has produced this wintertime Cinderella. The production runs December 14-21 at Nashville Children's Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: Nashville Children's Theatre's Charming MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS BWW Review: Nashville Children's Theatre's Charming MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 6, 2017

Offering a thoroughly delightful and completely entertaining story about welcoming new challenges and living life to its fullest, Mr. Popper's Penguins the charming musical onstage at Nashville Children's Theatre through December 3 also offers its young audiences an intriguing history lesson about life during the Great Depression. (more...)

Nashville Children's Theatre's 2017-18 Season Continues With MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS Nashville Children's Theatre's 2017-18 Season Continues With MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2017

What do you get when you introduce a daydreaming house painter to a dozen delightful penguins? A flipper-flapping musical tale that will make you believe in the power of ingenuity and determination, according to Nashville Children's Theatre's executive artistic director Ernie Nolan, who describes it as a show packed with puppetry, humor, and heart, Mr. Popper's Penguins is bound to put a smile on your face. (more...)

Nashville Children's Theatre's 2017-18 Season Continues With MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS Nashville Children's Theatre's 2017-18 Season Continues With MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 17, 2017

What do you get when you introduce a daydreaming house painter to a dozen delightful penguins? A flipper-flapping musical tale that will make you believe in the power of ingenuity and determination, according to Nashville Children's Theatre's executive artistic director Ernie Nolan, who describes it as a show packed with puppetry, humor, and heart, Mr. Popper's Penguins is bound to put a smile on your face. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for 9/21/17 Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for 9/21/17
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 21, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

BWW Review: Nolan Makes Impressive Nashville Children's Theatre Debut With THE HUNDRED DRESSES BWW Review: Nolan Makes Impressive Nashville Children's Theatre Debut With THE HUNDRED DRESSES
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 15, 2017

Ernie Nolan, Nashville Children's Theatre's new executive artistic director, makes an impressive debut with The Hundred Dresses, the initial show of his first official season as the leader of the country's oldest theater for younger audiences. Nolan's predecessor, the late and great Scot Copeland, led NCT through tremendous growth during his tenure and he is, without question, a hard act to follow. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for September 13, 2017 Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for September 13, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 13, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for September 7 Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for September 7
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 7, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

Thank You, Places...Nashville Children's Theatre's Company Stage Manager DAN BREWER Thank You, Places...Nashville Children's Theatre's Company Stage Manager DAN BREWER
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 7, 2017

Today, we very proudly shine the spotlight on PSM Daniel Brewer, the dean of production stage managers in this region, and the resident stage manager at Nashville Children's Theatre. In 2011, he was among that year's First Night Honorees in recognition of his truly exceptional career and for the grace and skill with which he does his job. In fact, we wouldn't be at all surprise to find his headshot next to the very definition of "stage manager" in reference books. (more...)

Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for August 31 Critic's Choice: What's Playing in Tennessee? Nashville Theater Calendar for August 31
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 31, 2017

Feeling the urge to let your imagination run wild, your spirit to soar or to just leave the world in which you live and go on an adventure? Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order! Luckily, companies all over the Volunteer State have been hard at work, creating new productions to transform and to transport, shows that will entertain you this summer. That's where THE NASHVILLE THEATER CALENDAR comes in handy: Peruse our listings every week to find out what shows you should see! (more...)

Nashville Children's Theatre Reveals Cast & Crew for 2017-18 Season Nashville Children's Theatre Reveals Cast & Crew for 2017-18 Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 29, 2017

Nashville Children's Theatre, the nation's oldest professional theatre for young audiences today announces full casting and creative teams for the 2017-2018 season, opening the theater's 87th season - its first with programming designed by new executive artistic director Ernie Nolan. (more...)

Nashville Children's Theatre Reveals First Season Under Nolan's Direction
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 14, 2017

Nashville Children's Theatre (NCT) yesterday revealed its 2017-18 Season - its 86th season and its first under new executive artistic director Ernie Nolan - featuring three regional premieres and the return of a holiday season favorite by the late Scot Copeland, NCT's longtime producing artistic director, who led the company's rise to national prominence during his tenure. (more...)

It's Opening Day for Nashville Children's Theatre's GOODNIGHT MOON
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 13, 2017

Opening day is here: Everybody's favorite bedtime book is magically transformed into an imaginative, unforgettable theatrical experience as Goodnight Moon takes the stage at Nashville Children's Theatre April 13 through May 14. (more...)

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