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The Abominables
Produced in association with The Civilians
Written by Steve Cosson
Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Directed by Steve Cosson
Choreographer Joe Chvala
A Children’s Theatre Company Commissioned World Premiere
Best enjoyed by age 8+

Rink rats, hockey moms, tournament weekends and the quest to play your best – It’s tryout season in the Great State of Hockey! Mitch has always played on the A team for the Prairie Lake Blizzards – these are his guys – they've played together forever. But he hasn't hit his growth spurt yet and he's worried this could be the year he gets sent down to the B team. When a new “kid” appears at Bantam tryouts, things go from bad to worse. From the land of ice and nice comes the first Minnesota hockey musical! Will you love it? You betcha!

About The Civilians
The Civilians is a company that creates new theater from creative investigations into the most vital questions of the present. Through a number of artistic programs, The Civilians advances theater as an engine of artistic innovation and strengthens the connections between theater and society. An artist-led company, The Civilians creates and produces new theater and pursues its artistic mission through programs serving artists and the public.

Performance Description

CTC’s The Abominables is a musical performance by a large cast of adults and student actors. This production is a world premiere - that means this is the first time it’s ever been performed. The show was commissioned, developed, and originally produced through our new play development lab, Threshold, here at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN and will be produced in association with The Civilians in New York. This producation was created and inspired by interviews with students and families around Minnesota. 

This production takes place on the UnitedHealth Group Stage which seats up to 745 people.

Approximate run time: 2 hours including one 15-minute intermission.
Run time and other details are subject to change during rehearsal process.

Plot Synopsis

written by Elissa Adams, Director of New Play Development
Be warned: This is a complete synopsis of the play, so it is full of spoilers.

It's a big day in Prairie Lakes, Minnesota— the local youth hockey league, the Blizzards, are holding   team try-outs!  Mitch and his pals have played hockey together since they were little.  This year, they are looking forward to making the Bantam Boys “A” team, and, hopefully, finally beating their rivals—the team from Thunder Bay, Canada.  But a new kid has moved to Prairie Lakes and he's at try outs too.  As soon as Mitch hears about the new kid, he begins to worry that he won't get a spot on the team and as try-outs commence, out onto the ice skates the new kid—Harry.  Harry is big, fast, a super skater and...a yeti.  Rescued and adopted by a mountain-climbing couple who found him alone in the snow in the Himalayas, Harry and his family have moved to Prairie Lakes so that Harry can play hockey.  Sure enough, when the team rosters are announced, Harry has made the “A” team and Mitch has not.  Harry, who loves hockey, but would really just like to make some new friends, offers to give his spot on the team to Mitch.  But Harry's parents feel like that would look like Harry is “giving up,” and Mitch's sister, Tracy—a proud member of the Blizzard girl's “B” team—tells Mitch that Harry won the spot on the team fair and square and that Mitch should accept the results and have fun playing on the “B” team.  Mitch agrees, but grudgingly and, one afternoon at hockey practice, he is so distracted by watching Harry and the “A” team boys practicing together that he ends up getting hit in the head with a hockey puck.  Mitch's parents', concerned that perhaps he has a concussion, take him home.  Mitch's dad, Charlie, sitting by Mitch's bed as Mitch sleeps, remembers back to the days when he was a kid and people used to play hockey just for the fun of it—kids and parents, outside on a pond, not particularly caring who was good or bad as long as everyone had a good time. As Mitch sleeps, he begins to dream and, in his dream, his parents tell him that they are actually yetis, too, and that Harry is their real son!  Freaked out, the idea comes to Mitch in his dream that he should write a letter to Harry's yeti parents, who must be somewhere in the Himalayas missing him, and tell them to come and get their son. Then Harry will go back to his real home and Mitch can have his spot back on the “A” team.  When he awakens, Mitch convinces himself that his dream plan is good for everyone and he sends off a letter to the Himalayas.  Pretty soon, it is time for all of the Blizzards to head up to Thunder Bay, Canada for a weekend hockey tournament.  Mitch goes, hoping that Harry's yeti parents will arrive and take Harry away before the A team plays their big game against Thunder Bay and that, with Harry gone, Mitch will take his place back on the “A” team and help them, finally, win against Canada.  Meanwhile, all of the hockey players and their families are cheering for Harry, convinced that he is the one who will finally help the Blizzards win.  For Harry, the pressure he feels to win starts to upset him.  What will happen if the team doesn't win?  Will everyone blame him?  Will he not have any friends anymore? He begins to worry that his new home and new friends will abandon him.  Rather than wait for that to happen, Harry runs away right before the big game against Thunder Bay.  Realizing that there's no way the A team can win with no Harry and not enough players, Mitch disguises himself in a big fur coat and joins the team on the ice, disguised as Harry.  The game begins and the “A” team is holding their own—they just might beat Thunder Bay!  But suddenly, Harry's yeti parents DO arrive and, mistaking Mitch in his fur coat for Harry, run out on the ice, disrupting the game.  Mitch can't help but reveal that he's not actually Harry and, realizing that Harry has disappeared, everyone goes outside to search for him.  When they find him, Harry's yeti parents and adoptive parents decide that the whole family—yetis and humans, kids and parents—will split their time between Prairie Lakes and the Himalayas so that they can be together and love Harry. Mitch's parents convince him that they will love him even if he isn't the best hockey player in Prairie Lakes and everyone comes together for a game of pond hockey.

Content Advisories: (subject to change as the production goes into rehearsal)

Language: 3 out of 5 
Competitive and middle school language including “Shut up,” “Hell,” and “Nut Cup”

Themes and Situations: 2 out of 5 
One of the boys was adopted after losing his parents. Discussion around parental abandonment. Teasing for being adopted and parents not wanting you. 2 kids get lost in a snowstorm. General bullying.

Violence & Scariness: 2 out of 5 
General hockey fights. A Yeti becomes angry and charges at other kids.

Sensory Advisories: 2 out of 5 
Loud roaring from the hockey audience members. A Yeti yells loudly.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 3 out of 5 
2 children get lost in a snowstorm. General bullying, Teasing for being adopted and parents not wanting you. A child gets lost and is adopted/kidnapped by another set of parents.

Schedule
Student Matinee Pricing

Themes

Disappointment

Teamwork

Honesty

Forgiveness

Losing

Resilience

Goal Setting

Justice or Fairness

Growing Up

Otherness

Differences 

Belonging

 

Curriculum Connections

Charts & Graphs

Hero

Hockey

Geography

Goal Setting

Stages of Water

STEM- Igloo Building 

Story Structure

Topography

Primary & Secondary Sources

Research Projects

Interviewing 

 

Vocabulary

Blizzard

Competition

Coordinated

Defense

Kryptonite

Mysteries

Obstacle

Offence

Redundant

Sacrifice

Tournament

Yeti

 

Minnesota State Benchmarks

Physical Education

Benchmark #5

Literacy

Reading

CCRA.R.2; CCRA.R.3; CCRA.R.5;
CCRA.R.6; CCRA.R.7;

Speaking & Listening

CCRA.SL.1; CCRA.SL.2; CCRA.SL.3;

Language

CCRA.L.3; CCRA.L.6;

Arts

Artistic Foundations
Theatre, Music, & Dance

Benchmark 1, Benchmark 2, Benchmark 3.2

Artistic Process: Create or Make
Theatre, Music, & Dance

Benchmark 1

Artistic Process: Perform or Present
Theatre, Music, & Dance

Benchmark 1

Artistic Process: Respond or Critique
Theatre, Music, & Dance

Benchmark 1

 

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