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NASHVILLE PARENT - Friday, September 22, 2017

Theater Review: “The Hundred Dresses” at NCT

NCT celebrates the opening of its 2017-18 season under the leadership of new Artistic Director Ernie Nolan. If Nolan’s first production at NCT is an indicator, families in the Nashville community have a lot to look forward to in the coming months and years under his direction.

Nolan’s first impressive accomplishment is noticeable before walking into the theater. It comes by way of the fact that PLAYBILL — the monthly U.S. magazine for savvy theater enthusiasts — is now publishing NCT’s program. It’s a fantastic stroke that brings NCT up to a whole new level of sophistication.


THE TENNESSEAN - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: Empathy meets imagination in Nashville Children's Theatre’s 'The Hundred Dresses'

It’s been nearly 75 years since Eleanor Estes first published “The Hundred Dresses.” But with its themes of empathy and understanding, this children’s classic feels as fresh and relevant as ever. And Nashville Children’s Theatre’s engaging new production offers an especially rewarding way to kick off the company’s 87th season.


BROADWAY WORLD NASHVILLE - Friday, September 15, 2017

BWW Review: Nolan Makes Impressive Nashville Children's Theatre Debut With THE HUNDRED DRESSES

Ernie Nolan, Nashville Children's Theatre's new executive artistic director, makes an impressive debut with The Hundred Dresses, the initial show of his first official season as the leader of the country's oldest theater for younger audiences. Nolan's predecessor, the late and great Scot Copeland, led NCT through tremendous growth during his tenure and he is, without question, a hard act to follow.


NASHVILLE FUN FOR FAMILIES - Friday, September 15, 2017

The Hundred Dresses, A Timely Reminder of Kindness

Nashville Children's Theatre's (NCT) 2017-2018 season kicks off with a production of The Hundred Dresses, based on the book by Eleanor Estes. I consider myself fairly well read, but I was not familiar with this classic book. I'm so glad Ernie Nolan, NCT's new Artistic Director, chose this story as his debut production. Focusing on a timely subject matter, The Hundred Dresses led to one of the best conversations I've had with my 7 year old in a long time. 


THE TENNESSEAN - Sunday, September 10, 2017

Nashville Children's Theatre opens 87th season with 'The Hundred Dresses'

At a time when immigration issues and social division continues to dominate headlines, Nashville Children’s Theatre opens its 87th season with a tale of understanding and acceptance.

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BROADWAY WORLD NASHVILLE - Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thank You, Places...Nashville Children's Theatre's Company Stage Manager DAN BREWER

Today, we very proudly shine the spotlight on PSM Daniel Brewer, the dean of production stage managers in this region, and the resident stage manager at Nashville Children's Theatre. In 2011, he was among that year's First Night Honorees in recognition of his truly exceptional career and for the grace and skill with which he does his job. In fact, we wouldn't be at all surprise to find his headshot next to the very definition of "stage manager" in reference books.


COLORLINES - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

USPS Dedicates Stamp Series to Color Barrier-Breaking Children's Book, 'The Snowy Day'

Few U.S. children’s picture books written before 1962 depicted Black children with anything resembling humanity, often employing racist caricatures if they featured Black children at all. The United States Postal Service (USPS) honors one illustrated book that rejected that tradition, “The Snowy Day,” with its own stamp line. 


NPT ARTS CONNECTION - Thursday, August 31, 2017

ArtsBreak - Ernie Nolan

After a 10 month search, the Nashville Children’s Theatre has named their new Executive Artistic Director, Ernie Nolan. 

NASHVILLE ARTS MAGAZINE - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nashville Children's Theatre: Enchanting Fall Season

Nashville Children’s Theatre’s delightful fall lineup weaves together a trilogy of stories of hope and transformation. Each play is a reminder to children that we never really know what a person is capable of achieving; that behind what we see each day may be a life quietly transforming itself.


BROADWAY WORLD NASHVILLE - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Nashville Children's Theatre Reveals Cast & Crew for 2017-18 Season

Nashville Children's Theatre, the nation's oldest professional theatre for young audiences today announces full casting and creative teams for the 2017-2018 season, opening the theater's 87th season - its first with programming designed by new executive artistic director Ernie Nolan.

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THE TENNESSEAN - Thursday, July 27, 2017

Is Nashville an arts city? Nonprofit arts groups have $429M impact on city, study says

Music City may want to become Music and Arts City, according to a study of Nashville's nonprofit arts industry.

On Thursday, the Nashville Arts Commission unveiled results of a national study that found the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $429.3 million a year in economic activity and $51.1 million in local and state government revenue — in addition to 14,277 full-time jobs.

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BROADWAY WORLD NASHVILLE - Friday, April 14, 2017

Nashville Children's Theatre Reveals First Season Under Nolan's Direction

Nashville Children's Theatre (NCT) yesterday revealed its 2017-18 Season - its 86th season and its first under new executive artistic director Ernie Nolan - featuring three regional premieres and the return of a holiday season favorite by the late Scot Copeland, NCT's longtime producing artistic director, who led the company's rise to national prominence during his tenure.

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THE TENNESSEAN - Saturday, April 8, 2017

Magical 'Goodnight Moon' returns to Nashville Children's Theatre

Sometimes, it’s the simple stories that are most magical.

Take the beloved bedtime book “Goodnight Moon,” for example. Written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, this children’s classic — which finds a quiet Old Lady struggling to get Bunny to sleep — has sold more than 60 million copies since it was first published in 1947. In 2006, writer/composer/lyricist Chad Henry adapted the piece for the stage, building on the charming story with a delightful score.


BROADWAY WORLD NASHVILLE - Thursday, March 16, 2017

Getting to Know...Nashville Children's Theatre's ERNIE NOLAN

Since taking over the reins as executive artistic director at Nashville's Children's Theatre, Ernie Nolanhas been, to put it succinctly, rather busy. Taking on his dream job at NCT has meant a lot of meetings, countless introductions and the day-to-day responsibilities of overseeing the artistic growth of the nation's oldest theater for young audiences, which includes putting together his first season - the 2017-18 shows - that will give loyal NCT supporters a chance to get to know him even better.


The Tennessean - Saturday, January 28, 2017

Nashville Children’s Theatre welcomes new artistic director

As an award-winning director and playwright, Ernie Nolan has traveled the world. But Nashville Children’s Theatre’s new executive artistic director says he is looking forward to putting down roots in Music City.

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