Founded in 1975, the nationally lauded Seattle Children’s Theatre will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a 2014-15 season featuring two world-premiere shows, one by distinguished Seattle playwright Cheryl L. West.
“Mwindo” (premiering Jan. 22-Feb. 15, 2015) is West’s new dramatization of a Central African legend about a courageous young boy who, to survive, must battle enemies, overcome other obstacles and triumph over his father, a corrupt chieftain. The show features “fantastical creatures,” music and dance.
“The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi” (Sept. 25-Nov. 9, 2014), opens the season with veteran SCT playwright Y York’s adaptation of a classic tale by Rudyard Kipling, about the relationships between animal characters (a baby mongoose, and others) in an Indian garden.
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“Dick Whittington & His Cat” (Nov. 13-Dec. 21, 2014) is another world premiere, a musical version of the venerable English story about an orphan boy who tries to make a better life in 19th-century London with the help of his remarkable feline. Seattle’s Richard Gray and Jeff Church co-wrote the score, and Church penned the script.
“Goodnight Moon” (March 5-April 19, 2015), Chad Henry’s popular musical based on the beloved book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd, returns to SCT next spring. The theater launched the well-received show for children ages 3 and up in 2007, and it has since been performed around the country.
“Robin Hood” (April 16-May 17, 2015) is also an encore of a previous SCT hit. The small-cast play by Greg Banks is a lively and inventive retelling of the adventures of Robin Hood and his Merry Men (and woman, Maid Marian) in Sherwood Forest. Its 2011 run at SCT was one of the most popular productions in the company’s history.
Subscriptions for SCT’s 2014-15 season are on sale. (Those subscribing before May 1 will receive a 10 percent discount, free ticket offers and other perks.) Single tickets to individual shows go on sale Sept. 2; (206-441-3322 or sct.org).
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