Happy World Theatre for Young Audiences Day! CTYP Announces 2014/15 Season

          March 20th, 2014

          On this, World Theatre for Young Audiences Day, Carousel Theatre for Young People is delighted to announce the artistic programming for the 2014/15 Season:

          Teen Shakespeare Program

          Love’s Labour’s Lost
          Instructed by Mike Stack, assisted by Melissa Oei
          July 25-August 9, 2014 @ Performance Works Outdoor Stage at Ron Basford Park
          All ages (dress weather appropriate!)

          CTYP’s teen actors explore the wit and romance of Shakespeare’s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost. The King of Navarre and his three lords swear an oath to scholarship, vowing to adhere to a strict regimen of reading, writing, fasting, and the avoidance of women for three years. But the arrival of the Princess of France and her party has the men scrambling to find loopholes in the contract. Teenage love will prevail!

          Mainstage Season of Literary Classics

          The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites
          A co-presentation with Axis Theatre Company of Mermaid of Nova Scotia
          November 23-24, 2014 @ The Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre
          For Ages 3 yrs plus (Pre K-Grade 2 for school groups)

          Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is back with a little caterpillar, along with an assortment of favourite puppet characters. The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of LITTLE CLOUD’s travels through the sky, and the MIXED-UP CHAMELEON’s discovery of his own unique nature. These whimsical tales illuminate the stage through magical puppetry.

          James and the Giant Peach
          Music & Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
          Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
          Based on the Book by Roald Dahl
          Produced by Special Arrangement with MTI
          Director: Carole Higgins, Choreographer: Kayla Dunbar Musical Director: Steven Greenfield
          December 3, 2014 -January 4, 2015 @ The Waterfront Theatre
          For Ages 6 yrs plus (Grade 3+ for school groups)

          From Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul comes a new, heartwarming musical adaptation of Roald Daul’s classic. When young James Trotter is shipped off to live with his wretched aunts, he longs for a real family and a new home. All seems lost until he discovers a magical giant peach inhabited by fantastical creatures. Together with Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, Spider and Earthworm, James embarks on an extraordinary adventure, sailing across the sea to distant lands.

          Shakespearean Rhapsody
          Adapted by Mike Stack
          from the works of William Shakespeare
          and the “Shakespeare Can Be Fun” series (Firefly Books) by Lois Burdett
          February 27-March 29, 2015 @ The Waterfront Theatre
          For Ages 3 yrs plus (PRE K to Grade 2 for school groups)
          World premiere!

          A magical introduction to Shakespeare’s plays. The tales of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet are introduced to young audiences via a troupe of players vying to tell the greatest story of all time. Shakespeare’s stories and the rhyming couplets of Lois Burdett (Author of the Shakespeare Can Be Fun series of books) are woven together in an accessible, high energy romp complete with fairies, music and a whole lot of action!

          Robin Hood
          A Presentation by Visible Fictions (Glasgow, Scotland)
          April 7-19, 2015@ The Waterfront Theatre
          For Ages 7 yrs plus (Grade 3 plus for school groups)

          CTYP’s favourite Scots are back! From the innovative company that brought you Jason and the Argonauts comes a whole new adventure. In a forest somewhere near you, there is a band of brothers seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the poorly treated. They are lean, mean, trained justice fighting machines. Armed with whatever comes their way, nothing is as it seems in this Sherwood Forrest, but one thing is for sure . . . no rogue is safe! Join internationally acclaimed Visible Fictions for a silly and unexpected take on Robin Hood and be prepared to unleash your imagination!

          The BEE STAGE –

          Dot & Ziggy
          Created by Linda Hartzell and Mark Perry, Music by Chris Walker
          Directed by Carole Higgins
          June 2-14, 2014 @ The CTYP Studio Theatre
          For Newborns – Age 3 and their parents

          Dot & Ziggy may be neighbors, but they aren’t yet friends. After all, what could a ladybug and a skunk possibly have in common? One likes up, one likes down. One flies, one runs. But neither of them knows how to share. With the help of a wise spider, and the encouragement of the audience, they just might find their way.  This gentle, interactive play is a wonderful introduction to theatre for very young audiences.

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