Tuesday, April 30, 2013

10 Years - Imagine That!

Bay Area Children’s Theatre is about to embark on our 10th Anniversary season. I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited about the shows we have lined up!

The Cat arrives at Fairyland in June!
We open the season with a new and innovative interpretation of Dr. Seuss’ classic, The Cat in the Hat. This production uses the words from the book as the dialogue in the show, while adding hysterical audience interactions accompanied by live sound effects and musical instruments. The incredibly talented cast will bring to life the mischievious Things, Sally, the Boy, the Fish, and, of course, the Cat. I can’t wait to see the delight on the faces of our youngest audience members as the world of Cat is revealed on stage at Fairyland.

Coming to a school near you!
This fall, we will tour local schools with The Gold Rush Musical!. BACT is commissioning this show to directly address the California Content Standards for social studies. This fast-paced, comedic, musical adventure through the history of California will be designed to educate and entertain elementary school students throughout the Bay Area.

The beloved classic returns!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we will be revisiting one of our all-time favorites, A Year with Frog and Toad. I adore this heart-warming story about friendship, and the music is captivating for all ages.

Meet the porcine wonder!
In January, I cannot wait to bring to life one my son’s absolute favorite book series, Mercy Watson. If you are not yet familiar with this “porcine wonder” do yourself (and your family) a favor and pick up a copy of the Mercy Watson books, by Kate DiCamillo. You will giggle the night away as you read about Mercy and her escapades.

A magical journey in ancient China!

Following Mercy Watson, BACT is proud to bring to the stage another new musical by Min Kahng (book, music and lyrics for Tales of Olympus). This time, Min will be creating an original musical adaptation of the Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. I picked up this book and read it one night after I heard from a librarian friend that she couldn’t keep it on the shelves at their school library. And I am excited to see it realized on-stage next year!

Let your imagination fly!
Finally, we close our season with another world premiere! Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical will be written and composed by local musician, Julia Norton. The show is a celebration of the power of imagination—a theme I hold near and dear to my heart.

We hope that you and your family are as psyched about the season as my family is. My son keeps asking me, “When is the Cat coming to town?” Well, the Cat arrives in June. Looking forward to seeing you at the theatre as we embark on the next 10 years!

- Nina