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2021 - 2022 Season

November 7, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Best enjoyed by all ages

UnitedHealth Group Stage

It’s a goosebump-inducing, gorgeous production that fills the stage and the hearts of everyone who watches it.

Times are tough, spirits are low, and the world is in dire need of hope. Enter, stage left: a delightful underdog—a good-natured, yet mischievously feisty, young girl. She takes on the world and, with an equal share of moxie and music, unlocks hearts and changes lives through kindness, love, and spirit. Like Annie and Daddy Warbucks sing, The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow!

Book by Thomas Meehan
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Choreography by Kelli Foster Warder
Music Direction by Victor Zupanc

January 9 – February 13, 2022

BEST FOR EVERYONE ages 9 and up

Cargill Stage

A Children’s Theatre Company Original World Premiere Production

Bina’s family grows the finest apples in all of Korea. But when war forces her to flee her home, Bina is alone in the world with just six precious apples to her name. Can these meager possessions help her find her family?

Join Bina on her journey that ranges from the heartbreaking to the humorous. Encountering new challenges at every turn, Bina is forced to rely upon her apples and their meaningful legacy as she begins to discover the power of her own resilience. Often mesmerizing, always heartwarming, Bina realizes she’s not the only one on a difficult quest for a place to call home.

A co-production with the Alliance Theatre

Written by Lloyd Suh
Directed by Eric Ting

January 18 – February 13, 2022

BEST ENJOYED BY ALL AGES!

UnitedHealth Group Stage

A Children’s Theatre Company American Premiere Production

World-famous Circus Abyssinia returns by popular demand with a fantastical celebration of athleticism and the power of speed inspired by Ethiopian runner Deratu Tulu, the first Black African woman to win Olympic gold.

Watch in awe as a dazzling spectacle of high-flying acrobatics, hand balancing, and juggling (sometimes with fire!) flashes before your eyes, backed by the beat of Ethiopian music. Witness the energy and spectacle of the Olympic games, packed with extraordinary circus acts, and be amazed as the world of triumph and virtuosity come to dynamic life!

Co-created and produced by Mehari “Bibi” Tesfamariam
Co-created and directed by Binyam “Bichu” Tesfamariam
Choreography by Tamerat Ejeta and Binyam “Bichu” Tesfamariam

February 27 – March 27, 2022

BEST FOR EVERYONE AGES 7 AND UP

UnitedHealth Group Stage

Friendships challenged, a world changed, and two young people struggling to make sense of it all. Follow friends and neighbors, Josh and Emma, as they navigate their way through an experience beyond their control and understanding.

Josh and Emma have many questions about the tragic killing of a Black man by a White police officer. Real questions that deserve real answers. But during conversations over dinner, at bedtime, before and  after school, their families (one Black and one White) find such answers don’t come easily. Layered with compassion and humor, this show invites you to walk alongside Josh and Emma as they confront uncertainty within their town and between themselves. More than just a “must see,” this play will help families more fully understand how their neighbors’ experiences might be different than their own.

Written by Cheryl L. West
Directed by Timothy Douglas

Based on the book Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP; Marietta Collins, PhD; Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP

 

April 22 – June 18, 2022

BEST ENJOYED BY ALL AGES

UnitedHealth Group Stage

Middle school, ugh. It’s the worst. But Greg is determined NOT to be at the bottom of the popularity chart. He’ll leave that to his weird neighbor, Fregley. Or maybe Greg’s best friend, Rowley Jefferson. But it’s not going to be Greg… no way.

See Jeff Kinney’s popular character take center stage as Greg’s cartoon diary becomes a hilarious and heartfelt musical. Will Greg’s plans lead him to sacrifice his one true friend? Can anyone avoid the dreaded Cheese Touch? Grab a hall pass and don’t be late for an adventure familiar to anyone who actually survived middle school!

Music and Lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler
Book by Kevin Del Aguila
Directed by Jenn Thompson

Based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series by Jeff Kinney and the 20th Century Studios films
Produced by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical and Kevin McCollum

 

2021 – 2022 Season

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