October 26 – December 3, 2017
Book by Robert Kauzlaric
Music & Lyrics by George Howe
Based on the novel by Richard & Florence Atwater
"No hesitating, the sun is waiting outside your door... let's go explore!"
Keep scrolling to get a behind the scenes sneak peek at how we're creating our waddle of penguins!
Money is tight and times are tough in the town of Stillwater. With no houses to paint till next spring, Mr. Popper is stuck at home daydreaming of Arctic adventures, while Mrs. Popper must scrimp and save just to put beans on the table. But with the unexpected arrival of a spirited penguin named Captain Cook, a new horizon opens before them and before long the Poppers have a snowdrift in the living room and a dozen delightful penguins living in the house. With an ever-increasing bill for canned shrimp, what can the wonderfully imaginative Poppers do but train the penguins and take the show on the road!
It's a flipper-flapping musical tale that will make you believe in the power of ingenuity and determination.
Parents, you can review our Parent Tip & Info page which helps you know if your child is ready for the show.
Mrs. Callahan/Gentleman/Curator/Passenger/Mr. Greenbaum/Cab Driver/Steffan and Baby Penguins
Selected NCT Credits: Goodnight Moon (2017), Cinderella (2016, 2015), Junie B. Jones is Not A Crook (2016), A Year With Frog and Toad (2016), James and the Giant Peach (2015), Number the Stars (2014), Holes (2011)
Upcoming: Cinderella (2017)
THE NASHVILLE CHILDREN'S THEATRE ORCHESTRA
Conductor/Keyboards // DAVID WEINSTEIN
Drums/Percussion // BEN ANDREWS
Bass // TOM D'ANGELO
Woodwinds (Alto Sax, Clarinet, Flute) // ROBBY SHANKLE
Director and Choreographer // ERNIE NOLAN
Music Director // DAVID WEINSTEIN
Scenic Design // SCOTT LEATHERS
Costume Design // PATRICIA TABER
Lighting Design // BILL RIOS
Sound Design // KYLE ODUM
Puppet Design // BRIAN HULL
Company Stage Manager // DAN BREWER
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.
Here are some facts about penguins (click for more): A group of penguins in the water is called a 'raft' – a group of penguins on land is called a waddle. Other collective nouns for penguins include: rookery, colony, and huddle.