The mainstage season includes three world premieres (Hansel and Gretel, Brooklyn Bridge and The Monkey King); one American premiere (an Australian adaptation of The Hobbit); and one regional premiere (Go, Dog, Go!).
The troupe's 40th season includes:
The Hobbit, an American premiere of an Australian-conceived show, for ages six and up based on J.R.R. Tolkien's book, conceived by Christine Anketell and adapted for the stage by Gilly McInnes. Whit MacLaughlin directs April 26-June 19, 2005. CTC's teen production will be announced.
Nationally, CTC's collaboration with New Dramatists in New York City, funded entirely by the Jerome Foundation, has resulted in Melissa James Gibson's Brooklyn Bridge.
Two of the plays – Hansel and Gretel, a collaboration between playwright Rosanna Staffa and musician-lyricist Ruth MacKenzie and The Monkey King adapted by Shen Pei and Jeffrey Hatcher – are world premieres developed in CTC's new-play lab known as Threshold.
The Children's Theatre Company has produced 13 world premieres to date that were developed in Threshold.
For further information, call The Children's Theatre Company ticket office at (612) 874-0400 or visit our website at www.childrenstheatre.org.