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Resident acting companies - a group of actors employed full-time by a theatre - are an endangered species. Many of the greatest theatres in history worked with a company, but these days an acting company is a rare treasure.

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CTC actor Dean Holt is a cat who wears many hats

"There was a chase in 'Pippi Longstocking' the last time we did it. I built this whole thing where people are grabbing the set and rolling around, a Keystone Kops kind of chase. We were dying laughing in the rehearsal room"....

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The Arrival at the New Visions/New Voices workshop

CTC recently participated in the prestigious New Visions/New Voices workshop at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. with The Arrival, a new play in development based on the graphic novel by Shaun Tan about a man who leaves his family to build a new life for them in a new world....

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U.S. Bank Employee Family Network Events

U.S. Bank, in conjunction with their sponsorship of CTC’s production of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, will host four events for their employees and families in late July, coordinated by the U.S. Bank Development Network....

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2014 Neighborhood Bridges Conference keynote

Since 1997, Neighborhood Bridges—CTC's signature critical literacy program—has used storytelling, theatre and creative writing to transform students to become storytellers of their own lives. The 2014 Neighborhood Bridges National Conference, August 20 and 21, will feature an interactive keynote with Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a spoken word artist, essayist and arts educator...

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Music Video
Music Video Mash Up

Are you ready for summer? So is the Shrek the Musical cast! Check out the music video below, in which the very cool, enthusiastic cast of Shrek the Musical rocks out to a mash-up created by CTC Music Director Victor Zupanc.

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Subscription Video
Thanks for Coming!

Whether you visited the Arable’s farm in Charlotte’s Web, the dreams-do-come-true experience in Cinderella or the fairytale swamp in Shrek the Musical, we hope you and your family shared theatre experiences that were unique and special

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Crossing Bridges Festival

Every week throughout the school year, CTC’s Neighborhood Bridges program brings teaching artists into public school classrooms to build students’ critical literacy skills with storytelling, creative writing, and theatre exercises.

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Target Cultural Experiences Program (TCEP)

This season, CTC welcomed more than 3,300 second graders and 360 teachers to a free performance through the Target Cultural Experiences Program (TCEP), a new partnership with Target and Minneapolis Public Schools

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CTC Rallies Early Childhood Leaders

After a recent performance of Balloonacy, CTC, led by Artistic Director Peter Brosius, brought together a handful of influential advocates of Early Childhood in the Twin Cities community to affirm the vital need of quality preschool experiences for all children.

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Shrek at the MIA
Shrek’s Day Off video

Shrek, Fiona and Donkey had some #ArtsyFartsy fun at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on Shrek's Day Off.

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Minnesota Original’s Video Feature on the Acting Company

Twin Cities Public Television’s arts show Minnesota Original produced a segment on CTC’s Resident Acting Company. CTC’s Acting Company is comprised of five actors—Reed Sigmund, Autumn Ness, Dean Holt, Gerald Drake and Traci Allen Shannon

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CityPages: Best Theater Minneapolis 2014 - Children's Theatre Company

Since the 1960s, the Children's Theatre Company has built its reputation on a winning formula: Make high-quality entertainment that can be enjoyed by the youngest and the oldest theatergoers alike. The delights came fast and furious through the past year, as the company finally shook itself completely free of a financial crisis from a few years back

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Get a glimpse at Balloonacy in this trailer

We just released our trailer for Balloonacy! Get a sense of the play—and child audience reactions—when you watch this trailer. It features star Robert Dorfman and co-lead The Balloon. We think you’ll agree there’s a lot to love.

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Audience Guide for Shrek the Musical

For almost every play in our seasons, CTC creates an audience guide. The guide is intended as a tool to enrich your experience with us, preparing you for what you will see on our stages and expanding your understanding of our productions and the art of theatre. You’ll find fun things to do and talk about before and after the show. The Shrek audience guide includes a story synopsis, photo gallery, things to do and talk about, additional resources and more.

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StarTribune: Broadway actor Robert Dorfman stars at Children's Theatre

Broadway and screen actor Robert Dorfman, 63, is probably best known in the Twin Cities for playing Shylock at the Guthrie Theater in spring 2007 in "The Merchant of Venice." That production kicked up discussions around tolerance and stereotypes.

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CityPages: Best Emerging Actress Minneapolis 2014 - Traci Allen

Traci Allen has built her burgeoning career on several years of solid work at the Children's Theatre Company — enough work, in fact, that she is now a company member at the venerable institution. Her performance in the CTC's production of Cinderella positioned her squarely at the top of this troupe's talent pool. In this raucous fairy tale adaptation, an English panto-style production

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Pioneer Press: 'Balloonacy' review: Short, simple, silly and superb

Robert Dorfman co-stars with a balloon in "Balloonacy," running through May 4 at Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

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HowlRound: Baby Maybe

Theater for babies? Really? When I first learned of this sub-genre of the TYA field, I responded with the same healthy skepticism I suspect is shared by many theater practitioners, even those, like me, devoted to working for children. That creating plays for preschoolers has been a highly regarded practice across the globe for several decades now seemed as incomprehensible as baby-talk. After all, how could such young children possibly sink their teeth into a play when they’re still cutting them? But the more I learned about the baby brain from recent advances in neuroscience

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