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2013-14 Information for Teachers
Ticket Subsidy | 13-14 School Brochure (PDF) | Homeschool Days | Curriculum Guides

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For decades, Nashville Children's Theatre has been the place were students of all backgrounds have come together to share experiences.
In some instances, these students have seen themselves in the characters on stage, and at other times, they have learned about people and traditions that they otherwise would not come across. Download a 2013-14 school flyer.

NCT continues to be that safe place for all to be themselves.

Contact Ashley at 615-252-4662 to make your class reservation.

TN State Standards for our 2013-14 Shows

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2013-14 Season
Sept 12 – Oct 6, 2013
For Grades 4 - 8
By Madeleine L'Engle, Adapted by John Glore
Approximate runtime: 75 minutes
Standards Document for A Wrinkle in Time
Sign Interpreted performance: Oct 1 at 11:45 am

Madeleine L'Engle's brilliant fantasy adventure is brought to the stage with multimedia theatrical wizardry. On a dark and stormy night, young Meg Murray and her little brother Charles Wallace embark on a dangerous quest to find their missing father. Under the guidance of a mysterious trio, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, they journey to confront an inconceivable darkness. Only the power of love can save their father – and the universe – from the evil of IT.

Oct 24 – Dec 8, 2013
For All Grades
From the series created by George Newall and Tom Yohe
Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating & Kyle Hall
Music & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg,
Kathy Mandry, George Newall & Tom Yohe

Approximate runtime: 60 minutes
Standards Document for Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Sign Interpreted performance: Nov 19 at 11:45 am

For forty years, learning has been made fun by the songs of ABC's "Schoolhouse Rock!" Whether your favorite is "Conjunction Junction," "Interjections," or "Just A Bill," you will see it, hear it and ROCK OUT to it in NCT's all-new production of this delightful theatrical revue. So, "Unpack Your Adjectives" and "Do the Circulation," because knowledge is power!

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
Jan 13 – Feb 2, 2014
For Grades PK - 3
By Kevin Henkes, Adapted by Kevin Kling
Approximate runtime: 60 minutes
Standards Document for Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
Sign Interpreted performance: Jan 16 at 10 am

Lilly is a mouse who knows what she likes. She doesn't like her snooty Cousin Garland, and she's not crazy about her new baby brother either, but she LOVES her new Purple Plastic Purse. She also loves her teacher, Mr. Slinger, until he takes her beloved purse away. She likes the mean, funny drawing of Big, Fat Mr. Stealing Slinger that she leaves in his book bag – but then she doesn't like herself very much. You, however, are going to love, love, LOVE Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse!

Feb 20 – Mar 9, 2014
For Grades 4 - 8
Based on the book by Lois Lowry
Adapted by Douglas W. Larche

Approximate runtime: 70 minutes
Standards Document for Number the Stars
Sign Interpreted performance: Feb 25 at 11:45 am

Lois Lowry's Newbery Award winning juvenile novel of World War II. Through the terrified eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles seven thousand people across the sea to Sweden and safety. But Annemarie finds it isn't enough to just watch history unfold. In this moving adventure based on inspiring, real-life events, Annemarie, herself, must find the courage to resist. "How brave are you, Annemarie?"

Apr 10 – May 11, 2014
For Grades PK - 3
Adapted for the stage by Kevin Kling
Based on Lyle, Lyle Crocodile and
The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber

Approximate runtime: 60 minutes
Standards Document for Lyle the Crocodile
Sign Interpreted performance: Apr 22 at 11:45 am

The Primm family moves into their new New York City apartment to find a crocodile living in the bathtub -- and what a croc he is! He's caviar-eating, saxophone-playing, loveable Lyle the Crocodile! Next-door-neighbor Mr. Grumps wants the Primms to ship the impeccably-mannered reptile off to the zoo, but Lyle's new family (and his old showbiz partner, Hector P. Valenti) bust him out of jail just in time to save the day for everyone.

2013-14 Homeschool Days

NCT has prepared one performance per show that will be special for homeschool families. This day includes show related activities after the performances at no extra charge. These homeschool performances begin at 1 pm.

2013-14 Homeschool Dates:
A Wrinkle in Time: Wednesday, Sept 18, 2013
Schoolhouse Rock Live!: Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Number the Stars: Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014
Lyle the Crocodile: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Single Tickets

Homeschool Day tickets are reserve seating and are $8 per person. When buying tickets online for Homeschool Day, the $8 price applies even if you are buying less than 10 tickets.

2013-14 School Group Ticket Pricing
We are pleased that school ticket pricing for this season remains the same as last season. NCT is committed to making sure students can attend our productions, so as always, let us know if you need assistance.

To qualify for the school rate, groups must have at least 10 students.
The school rate is $8 per student
For every ten students, one teacher gets a free ticket.
Chaperones are also $8 per person. However, the chaperones must be paid for with the school payment. A chaperone paying independently will be charged the standard adult rate of $20.

Curriculum Enhancement from other Nashville Organizations
Dowload this list of other Nashville organizations that offer Curriculum Enhancement programming. Find options from Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, The Country Music Hall of Fame and many, many more.

Ticket Subsidy Options
For information and guidelines regarding financial assistance download NCT's Ticket Subsidy Form.

Or fill out this online form.

Tennessee Arts CommissionLearn about Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

NCT is happy to provide volunteers to help you prepare one of the community grant requests that are available for funding school field trips. Assistance is limited, so contact Ashley (615-252-4662) before the volunteers are too busy. If you apply for a grant and are turned down, NCT will make sure you can afford to bring your class!

What to Expect on Arrival - Download an informative Guide about coming to NCT
If arriving by bus, you will be asked for the total number of students, teachers, and chaperones in attendanc. Please hold your group on the bus until your bus has been checked in and assigned an usher.
While the students and chaperones are being led to the theatre, your field trip organizer is welcome to bring payment to the box office, if your group has not already paid.

If arriving by car, please have your group collect in the lobby. Once your entire group has arrived, please let the House Manager know, and an usher will bring your group into the theatre. You group will not be sat until all parties in your reservation have arrived.

For groups with many chaperones: We know that parents who chaperone school groups would like to enjoy the performance with their child, however, too many adults within a group make it difficult for the children sitting behind them in the auditorium to see and enjoy the show. With this in mind, extra chaperones may be asked to sit at the back of the theatre, separate from the students. If your group has more than one adult to 15 students, it is likely that some of your chaperones will be seated at the back.

Etiquette at the Theatre
Feel free to let your students know that if something in the show makes them want to laugh, clap, play, or sing, then please do! Their (and your) reactions make the play fun for the actors and the rest of audience (The actors can hear the audience.)
However, we ask that students stay in their seats, and not talk to friends during the performance. Extra noise can distract the actors and make it difficult for them to perform. (Again, the actors can hear them.)  Right before the show begins, the lights in the theatre will go off. Some kids might grow nervous, but let them know that it normal and happens so they can see the stage.

Educator Previews
Each show in our season offers one preview performance on a Thursday evening at 6:30. That performance is our Educator Preview Event. Educators and a guest are welcome to attend this performance on us.

This FREE event includes a wine and cheese reception followed by a 45-minute workshop where NCT education staff demonstrate lessons designed to explore some of the curricular connections of the production. This workshop qualifies for professional development hours in many districts, and is intended for adults only. The reception begins at 5:00 pm, and the workshop begins at 5:30 pm.

RSVP for the Preview Events here.

Educator Previews Dates:
A Wrinkle in Time - Thursday, Sept 12
Schoolhouse Rock Live! - Thursday, Oct 24
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse - Thursday, Jan 16
Number the Stars - Thursday, Feb 20
Lyle the Crocodile - Thursday, Apr 10

On-site Professional Development Sessions!
In response to feedback at our popular Opening Night Educator Events, NCT Education staff is available to work with districts and individual schools to design and develop full and half-day sessions in Arts Integration and Active Learning Strategies. Sessions include but are not limited to:

  • Getting Into Character: Using In-Role Activities to Deepen Understanding of Characters and Their Relationships (ELA Standard 8: Literature)
  • Using Drama to Effectively Reach Different Learning Styles (Available in ELA, Social Studies and Science)
Please contact NCT Director of Education, Alicia Fuss (listed below) for more information.