Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play! Press Release

Minneapolis, MN – Mo Willems’ best-selling book series comes to life in Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!

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Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Sten Severson, Sound Director

At first thought, the creation of sound in theatre can seem like a purely technical task. Record some noises, program some machines, press some buttons, and voilà, all done! Right? Not quite. Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) Sound Director Sten Severson sheds light onto the field of sound design.

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Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Randy Rowoldt, Crafts Artisan

Walking into Randy Rowoldt’s workshop at Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is a bit like taking a step directly into the theatre’s imagination. As CTC’s Crafts Artisan, Rowoldt creates the aspects of costumes that bring performances to new levels of authenticity and whimsicality—hats, belts, jewelry, shoes, socks, tails, fake facial features and limbs, and even human and animal heads.

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Peter C. Brosius, Cheryl L. West, and Akeelah and the Bee win American Alliance for Theatre and Education Awards

Each year, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) honors innovative, high quality work that advances the field of theatre for young audiences. AATE is dedicated to transforming communities by promoting theatre for young audiences (TYA) and increasing access to theatre experiences.

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Raegan Henderson
Introducing Children’s Theatre Company’s New Howard Fellow: Raegan Henderson

Children’s Theatre Company is excited to present our new Howard University Arts Administration Fellow, Raegan Henderson. Raegan, a recent graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., will begin her yearlong fellowship at CTC in mid-August. We interviewed Raegan to learn a little bit about her before she makes her move to Minnesota.

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Neighborhood Bridges Students Perform at Crossing Bridges Festival

At the end-of-year Crossing Bridges Festival, Bridges classrooms performed their own versions of their favorite stories from the school year using handmade sets, costumes, props, and puppets. This year, over 2,450 people attended the free performances at Children’s Theatre Company celebrating 24 classrooms over four nights.

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What is Animal Dance all about?

We are excited to present Animal Dance, a world premiere production specially designed for preschool age children. This new work developed by renowned post-modern choreographer and dancer, Ann Carlson stars real baby goats, chickens, dogs, bunnies, goldfish, and a tortoise onstage.

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A Spotlight on Student Actor, Christine Hwang

Meet Christine Hwang! Christine played Martha in the 2015 Theatre Arts Training Senior Intensive production of Spring Awakening. We sat down to hear about her experience in the Senior Intensive and her advice to anyone auditioning for the Intensive program this summer.

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Children’s Theatre Company Announces Kimberly Motes as the New Managing Director

The Children’s Theatre Company Board of Governors is thrilled to announce the appointment of Kimberly Motes as the new Managing Director of Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) effective February 29. Motes is currently the Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of St. Thomas.

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The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats Brought to Vivid Life Onstage

"What a wonderful way to kick off Ezra's 100th birthday year!" says Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. "Peter Brosius has mounted an inspired adaptation of The Snowy Day at Children's Theatre Company, reflecting the joy of a child at play in a way that will enchant adults as well as children. This is a rare treat and not to be missed. Ezra would have been thrilled."

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Theatre Arts Training Teaching Artists

Theatre Arts Training offers beginning classes to advanced technique for students ages 2-18 building creativity, curiosity, and confidence. As a staple in our theatre for over 10 years, TAT serves over 3,000 children each year. This would not be possible without our amazing teaching staff that are dedicated to the growth and development of young people.

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Response to Anderson Lawsuit

Today, we learned that a lawsuit has been filed against John Clark Donahue who served as our Artistic Director from 1965 through the mid-1980s and against Jason McLean, a member of the company in the 1980s.

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A Partnership with North Academy of Arts & Communications Theatre Program

Clare Dickey, Theatre Program Director at North Academy of Arts and Communications in Minneapolis, describes her history with CTC and the performing arts as well as her hopes for the new arts focus of North Academy of Arts & Communications, formerly North High.

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Traci Allen Shannon will play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

Traci Allen Shannon joined CTC in the 2013-2014 season as the fifth resident Acting Company member. Her first role was the title character in Cinderella that season. Before becoming a Company member, Traci performed in Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy...

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'Akeelah and the Bee' triumphs on Children's Theatre stage

If playwright Cheryl West’s keen and moving adaptation of “Akeelah and the Bee” brings tears to the eyes of audience members — and many were sniffling during the extended standing ovation...

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Introducing the 2015-2016 Performing Apprentices…

We are thrilled to introduce our 2015-2016 Performing Apprentices (PAs) – China Brickey and John Jamison. CTC's Performing Apprentice program supports and nurtures the lives of young professionals in the arts by providing an immersive experience which includes roles in nearly every production, mentorship across departments, and a living wage.

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Akeelah and the Bee playwright Cheryl West in conversation

Playwright Cheryl West spoke with Elissa Adams, Director of New Play Development at CTC, about her adaptation of Akeelah and the Bee.

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Audition with Theatre Arts Training for The Laramie Project

In the summer and fall, Theatre Arts Training’s most advanced performers take the stage in audition-based, intensive programs that give students in grades 9-12 demanding material that challenges them as artists, educates them in a professional setting, and inspires them to be active voices in their community.

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Victor Zupanc Celebrates 25 years with CTC

We are thrilled to celebrate Victor Zupanc, CTC’s Music Director, on his 25th season at the theatre. Victor has worked on more than 250 productions as Composer, Musical Director, and Sound Designer throughout the country.

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Peter Pan and CTC’s 50th Anniversary in Mpls St Paul Magazine

Pick up the June copy of Mpls St Paul Magazine for a great feature on Peter Pan the Musical and CTC’s 50 year history! Get a behind-the-scenes look at staging a big musical like Peter Pan and hear from important people from the theatre’s past and present on the significance of the 50th anniversary.

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