March 1 – 18, 2018

Adapted for the stage by Julie Jensen
Based on the book Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Winner of the National Book Award
New Production!

"I don't do colors. It is better when things are black and white."

"Poignant, compelling...superbly crafted and impeccably cast...
Mockingbird will make you think, it will touch your heart immeasurably" - Jeffrey Ellis, Broadway World Nashville

"Beautifully crafted...Guaranteed to spark meaningful conversations, it’s a thoughtful and engrossing piece of theater." - Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean

"The play...begins conversations of healing that we all need right now as we're trying to figure out how to move on as a whole community, as a city, as a state, as a country,” Ernie Nolan on FOX17 Nashville

In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad.  Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But Devon was killed during a school shooting and now she’s all on her own. (The incident at the school is not portrayed on stage. The story of the play begins after the tragedy.)

Caitlin wants to get through it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s syndrome, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of “closure” in the dictionary, she realizes that is what she and her father need. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white--the world is full of colors--messy and beautiful.

Caitlin's thought processes, including her own unique brand of logic, are the star of this moving production about the differences that make us who we are.

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NCT thanks these companies for their generous support of this production.


Teachers, you can download NCT's Curriculum Guide for Mockingbird.

Parents, you can review our Parent Tip & Info page which helps you know if your child is ready for the show.


 Several theatres across the country - including NCT - are staging works in their current season that address school shootings and gun violence.  TYA Today  allows NCT's Ernie Nolan to share how the most recent school shooting affected  Mockingbird,  when it happened on the third day of rehearsal.

Several theatres across the country - including NCT - are staging works in their current season that address school shootings and gun violence. TYA Today allows NCT's Ernie Nolan to share how the most recent school shooting affected Mockingbird, when it happened on the third day of rehearsal.

CREATIVE TEAM

Director  // ERNIE NOLAN
Scenic Design // COURT WATSON
Costume Design // PATRICIA TABER
Sound Design // JOANNA LYNNE STAUB
Lighting Design // SCOTT LEATHERS
Projection Design // MARANDA DEBUSK
Company Stage Manager // DANIEL C. BREWER

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IN THE WINGS: NCT BEHIND THE SCENES

Nashville Children's Theatre builds all of our productions right here in Nashville. From concept to construction, our artisans create original designs for each production. 

As each production is developed, Executive Artistic Director Ernie Nolan and the design team works through show concepts with renderings, models, samples and sketches to determine what the show will look like in each scene. Below, take a sneak peak at early draft renderings by Scenic Designer Court Watson, who will be making his company debut with this brand new production.