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33 Variations 10/09/15 To 10/18/15

By Moises Kaufman

In 1819, the music publisher Anton Diabelli wrote a waltz and sent it to fifty composers, asking each to contribute a variation. They all agreed, except for one--Ludwig van Beethoven--who dismissed it as a "cobbler's patch." But then Beethoven became obsessed with Diabelli's waltz and ended up writing 33 variations that constitute his most ambitious piece for piano --Opus 120. Why? Fact and fiction are skillfully woven into the Kaufman's text as Dr. Katherine Brandt, a modern-day, terminally ill musicologist, researches Beethoven's compulsion. It's a tale told in two time frames -- with intriguing parallels that seamlessly overlap -- about art, family mortality and love. The play was nominated for five Tony ® awards when it debuted in 2009.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 10/24/15 To 11/01/15

Here is the spooky classic story by Washington Irving, presented with all the thrills, chills and laughs that keep young audiences on the edge of their seats. The storybook tale revolves around the main characters-the bumbling, awkward schoolteacher, Ichabod, the coquettish Katrina and Ichabod's brutish rival, Brom Bones. There are also six characters who play storytellers, keeping the action and pace moving throughout. As much fun as the play presents, it saves the best for last-the ride of the headless horseman. This adaptation remains dedicated to the spirit of the original work yet expertly involves young people with lots of suspense and comedy. A perfect Halloween treat, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is exciting family entertainment any time of the year.

INTEREST LEVEL: 5th Grade and up


Harvey 11/06/15 To 11/22/15

By Mary Chase

Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall rabbit. When his social-climbing sister, Veta, can no longer bear his embarrassing, eccentric behavior, she decides to have him committed to a sanitarium, but a comedy of errors leads to Veta being committed instead. The mistake is discovered and the search for Elwood is on, but it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all. Chase received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work in 1945. It has been adapted for film and television several times, most notably in a 1950 film starring James Stewart. It was revived in 2012 with Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) in the role of Elwood P. Dowd.

A Charlie Brown Christmas 12/04/15 To 12/13/15

By Charles M. Schulz, Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer, By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson

The beloved animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. A fantastic experience for 1st grade and up.

Approximate Running Time 1Hour

School Performances: Tuesday, December 8th through Friday, Dec. 11th, 2015 @ 9:30 & 11:30 am  Call the Box Office for school reservations.

A Christams Story the Musical 12/11/15 To 12/23/15

Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Book by Joseph Robinette.

A beloved family tradition at the CTC returns! A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL! is a bright, buoyant retelling of the cherished family holiday film – set to music! All of the best-loved moments are in the production, including the leg lamp, the tongue-on-a-flagpole, the bunny suit, the Santa slide and all of Ralphie’s extravagant daydreams. A New York favorite at holiday time, again this year all the fun is right here at home, complete with dazzling dance numbers, scrumptious songs, and an incredibly talented cast of youngsters.

This is a special presentation, not part of our 2015-2016 Subscription Series.

Adventures of a Bear Called Paddington 01/29/16 To 02/07/16

By Alfred Bradley

Anyone familiar with Paddington, who was found in Paddington Station by the Browns and adopted by them, will welcome this play. These stories have been favorites with children for years and this series of “playlet” versions of some of his most notorious adventures has been woven together to make a play that will delight young audiences everywhere. A delightful introduction to theater for Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

Approximate Running Time: 60 minutes

School Performances: Tuesday, February 2nd, through Friday, February 5th, 2016 @ 9:30 & 11:30am Call the Box Office for reservations.

The Royal Family 02/05/16 To 02/21/16

By George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber

This thinly-veiled portrait of the Broadway’s Royal Family, the Barrymores, features the Cavendish clan – three generations of legendary American actors whose name and reputation is threatened by Hollywood, unwanted suitors, and marrying outside the family business. Through it all, dowager Fanny Cavendish rules with a combination of strength, wit, courage, and a sharp tongue, proving that the "show" indeed, "must (and will) go on." This comedy opened on Broadway in 1927 and returned to Broadway in 2010 where it was nominated for a Tony® award for Best Revival.

Sordid Lives 03/04/16 To 03/20/16

By Del Shores

It’s back and trashy as ever! Sordid Lives, a hilarious black comedy about white trash, returns to the stage at the CTC by popular demand! A colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The woman's family must deal with their own issues – including a brother who is a dedicated Tammy Wynette impersonator – while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

Adult language and situations.

Dividing the Estate 04/08/16 To 04/17/16

By Horton Foote

Nothing draws out the worst in a family quite like conflicts over an inheritance. Land, money and, of course, jewelry, have a way of reviving old rivalries and resurrecting long-buried grudges. The Gordons, a clan of malcontents ruled by octogenarian matriarch Stella, must prepare for an uncertain future when plunging real estate values and an unexpected tax bill have a negative impact on the family fortune. Stella's children - predatory Mary Jo, complacent Lucille, and alcoholic Lewis - engage in a debate about whether or not they should divide the estate while their mother is still alive in order to ensure themselves financial independence.Horton Foote, a master at revealing all sorts of tragic goings-on lurking under the calm domestic surface, lays bare the self-seeking ferocity of otherwise loving brothers and sisters in this superb drama.

Really Rosie 04/29/16 To 05/08/16
Book and Lyrics by Maurice Sendak Music by Carole King From the author of “Where the Wild Things Are” and the Grammy Award winning musical icon, whose album, “Tapestry” held the record for most weeks at No. 1 by a female artist for more than 20 years, comes a fantastically fun and funny musical. On a hot July Saturday, the kids from The Nutshell Library are bored and need something to do. Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn’s Avenue P, entertains the group and herself by acting out fantasies of being a Hollywood star and decides to produce and imaginary Oscar winning movie musical about her life and in particular the demise of her brother named Chicken Soup, to be called Did you Hear What Happened to Chicken Soup? A delightfully silly musical based on pre-school books but delivered in such a way that it will entertain kids of all ages! Approximate Running Time: 1 Hour School Performances: Tuesday, May 3rd through Friday, May 6th, 2016 @ 9:30am & 11:30am
Camelot 06/17/16 To 07/09/16


Guinevere, King Arthur's lovely wife, encourages him to establish the Knights of the Round Table. As the Knights grow in fame, Lancelot Du Lac becomes the most celebrated of all of them, and rumors begin to circulate about his affair with Guinevere. Can Camelot be the idealistic place of Arthur's dreams? The memorable score includes “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “C’estMoi,” “What Do the Simple Folks Do?” and the title song, “Camelot.” The classic Lerner and Loewe musical so associated with the Kennedy years is restaged at the CTC in that Mad Men-era – the 1960s.

Spamalot 07/15/16 To 07/31/16

By John DuPrez and Eric Idle

A resplendently silly musical filled with shrewd idiocy, artful tackiness, and wide-eyed impiety from Monty Python, the troupe that revolutionized sketch comedy. An ingenious spin off of the movie hit "Monty Python and The Holy Grail," Spamalot channels the troupe's vision of a disjointed world of colliding sensibilities and cultural references into a retelling of the myth of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. For Monty Python fans and anyone who loves sidesplitting comedy, the ultimate adventure in silliness awaits you with this musical extravaganza. The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, won three Tony® Awards, including the Best Musical of the 2004-2005 season. During its initial run of over 1,500 performances it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million.

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