"Children's Theatre is excited to present a wide array of productions for the 2012-13 season," said Artistic Director Bradley Anderson. "This season we have decided to look to classic literature, fairy tales and fables for inspiration. Children's Theatre truly thrives on the challenge and creativity that goes into taking a classic story and breathing modernity into it, giving it a new life on the stage."
The Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre will open its 2012-13 season with:
Madeline and the Gypsies September 21 - October 7. In this delightful stage adaptation of Ludwig Bemelmans classic children's story, the irrepressible Madeline and her friend Pepito are stranded during an outing at the rousing gypsy circus. The two are adopted by the mysterious Gypsy Mama, and they experience "life on the road" complete with sleeping in late, no rules to follow and lots of exciting adventures. In the end, it's Miss Clavel and the girls to their rescue.
Bunnicula will be on stage October 26 - November 11. Bunnicula by James Howe has been a hit with kids and their parents since the book was published in 1979. When the Monroe family brings home a small black-and-white bunny they find in the movie theater after seeing Dracula, Chester the cat and Harold the dog are instantly suspicious. After the vegetables in the Monroe kitchen start turning white, Chester and Harold are certain that Bunnicula is a vegetarian vampire.
The season continues with the holiday show City Mouse, Country Mouse, Christmas House on stage November 30 - December 16. A Children's Theatre premiere, this musical is based on Aesop's fable about a country mouse who is invited to visit her cousin in the city for Christmas. Full of physical comedy, this production is a refreshing twist on a classic story and will be enjoyed by the same audience who enjoyed Merry Christmas, Mouse!
The Three Little Pigs and Three Billy Goats Gruff will be on stage January 25 - February 10, 2013. The Children's Theatre will present these classic stories back to back in a witty musical production. The three little pigs escape the Big Bad Wolf by the "hair on their chinny, chin, chin" when he tries to "huff and puff and blow their house down." The Three Billy Goats Gruff bump into a grumpy old troll on their way across a rickety bridge that leads to fields of grass. After some teamwork and trickery, the goats make it across the bridge while the troll ends up all wet.
The Princess and the Pea, a Children's Theatre premiere, will come to life on stage March 8 - 24, 2013. This classic tale of royal courtship is told in a fresh new way. When a beautiful girl seeks shelter from the storm, what's a Royal Prince to do? He's looking for a wife and the Queen has just the solution to find out if this girl is a real princess.
The 2012-13 season will end with Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, on stage April 26 - May 12, 2013. Young orphan James escapes the clutches of his horrible Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker when he finds an enormous peach growing in his yard containing talking insects. James, the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm begin a wild adventure to an unknown destination.
Performances are held Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. City Mouse, Country Mouse, Christmas House will have an additional performance on Saturdays at 1 p.m. as well as 3 p.m. The Princess and the Pea will have special Spring Break matinees in addition to the normal performance times. Spring Break matinees will be held March 19 - 22, 2013, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for children and adults. Season ticket packages are available.
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