THE TENNESSEAN - November 10, 2017
Temperatures may be dropping, but Nashville Children’s Theatre’s charming production of “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” is guaranteed to warm your heart.
Based on the Newberry Award-winning novel by Richard and Florence Atwater, this endearing family musical, with book by Robert Kauzlaric and music/lyrics by George Howe, follows a restless house painter who dreams of leaving his sleepy hometown behind for grand Arctic adventures. But everything changes with the unexpected arrival of a spirited penguin named Captain Cook.
BROADWAY WORLD NASHVILLE - November 6, 2017
Offering a thoroughly delightful and completely entertaining story about welcoming new challenges and living life to its fullest, Mr. Popper's Penguins - the charming musical onstage at Nashville Children's Theatre through December 3 - also offers its young audiences an intriguing history lesson about life during the Great Depression.
NASHVILLE PARENT - November 1, 2017
A purely magical experience awaits your family at NCT during its current run of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. This festive musical is based on the 1938 Newbery Honor children’s novel of the same name by Richard and Florence Atwater.
This is the second production under the direction of newly appointed Executive Artistic Director Ernie Nolan. It’s exciting to see that the high bar of sophistication Nolan set with the season’s first production, The Hundred Dresses, goes even higher with Mr. Popper’s Penguins. This delightful new era at NCT is as equally engaging for adults as it is for its pint-sized target audience.
NASHVILLE FUN FOR FAMILIES - October 28, 2017
Mr. Popper’s Penguins waddled into town this week and are performing through December 3, 2017 at the Nashville Children’s Theatre in a not to miss Broadway Musical style show!
THE TENNESSEAN - October 22, 2017
When asked about Nashville Children’s Theatre’s upcoming production of “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” executive artistic director Ernie Nolan immediately responds with two words — “pure joy.”
“There’s just so much to be excited about with this one,” says Nolan, who is directing and choreographing the family-friendly musical. “It’s my first musical here in Nashville, the material is so full of hope and optimism, and I have some of Nashville’s best artists, performers and musicians on board to help tell the story. It’s just been pure joy.”
BROADWAY WORLD NASHVILLE - October 17, 2017
What do you get when you introduce a daydreaming house painter to a dozen delightful penguins? A flipper-flapping musical tale that will make you believe in the power of ingenuity and determination, according to Nashville Children's Theatre's executive artistic director Ernie Nolan, who describes it as a show "packed with puppetry, humor, and heart, Mr. Popper's Penguins is bound to put a smile on your face."
NOWPLAYINGNASHVILLE.COM - October 13, 2017
Mr. Popper's Penguins Opens at the Nashville Children's Theatre on October 26 and Runs Through December 3. We chat with puppet designer Brian Hull.
KIDSOUTANDABOUT.COM Nashville Region - October 2017
Reader Selections: Favorite Arts Education and Favorite Performing Arts!
There are literally hundreds of wonderful places to take your kids in greater Nashville! Each year, we survey Nashville parents to find out where they love to take their kids. 2017's results are below.
THE TENNESSEAN - Friday, September 29, 2017
When Ann Bradford Tharp was invited to join the Junior League in 1958, one wore white gloves to the meetings. Also stockings, heels and a good dress, or the then-fashionable Davidow suit, if a member preferred.
Tharp's then soon-to-be mother-in-law, Cornelia Keeble Ewing, founded Nashville's Junior League in 1922.
NASHVILLE PARENT - Friday, September 22, 2017
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
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
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
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
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.
BROADWAY WORLD NASHVILLE - Thursday, September 7, 2017
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
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
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’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, 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.
THE TENNESSEAN - Thursday, July 27, 2017
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.
BROADWAY WORLD NASHVILLE - Friday, April 14, 2017
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.
THE TENNESSEAN - Saturday, April 8, 2017
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
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 - Thursday, March 16, 2017
It’s no secret that the arts offer more than just entertainment. But for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it’s not always easy to enjoy local performances and programs.
But thanks to training and resources available through Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), a growing number of community arts organizations are working to make their programs accessible to everyone with “sensory-friendly” performances.
THE TENNESSEAN - Tuesday,February 28, 2017
In his program notes for Nashville Children’s Theatre’s highly polished production of “And in This Corner: Cassius Clay,” director Jon Royal reminds us that “every superhero has an origin story.” And that assessment certainly rings true for those of us that grew up watching the legendary boxer who would later be known as Muhammad Ali.
THE TENNESSEAN - Saturday, January 28, 2017
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.
THE TENNESSEAN - March 21, 2017
Trump's arts funding cuts could hurt Tennessee programs
THE TENNESSEAN - January 12, 2017
NCT's 'Treasure Island' an artful adventure
BROADWAY WORLD NASHVILLE - December 28, 2016
LONG JOHN SILVER Commandeers Nashville Children's Theatre Stage in 2017
NASHVILLE SCENE - December 8, 2016
Ernie Nolan Named Nashville Children’s Theatre Executive Artistic Director
AMERICAN THEATRE - November 23, 2016
16 Holiday Shows for Children and Families
AMERICAN THEATRE - September 27, 2016
Children Will Listen: TYA Shows Get Political
THE TENNESSEAN - September 23, 2016
TOAST 2016 Winners: Entertainment
THE TENNESSEAN - September 19, 2016
NCT’s 'Afflicted' takes dark foray into American history
THE TENNESSEAN - September 11, 2016
Before the witch trials: NCT opens 85th season with 'Afflicted'
BROADWAY WORLD NASHVILLE - April 14, 2016
Nashville Children's Theatre Announces 2016-17 Season
THE TENNESSEAN - March 27, 2016
Scot Copeland: the man who was larger than life
BROADWAY WORLD NASHVILLE - March 17, 2016
Brewer, Tarleton Named Interim Leaders at NCT
BROADWAY WORLD NASHVILLE - February 25, 2016
Nashville Children's Theatre's SCOT COPELAND Dies
THE TENNESSEAN - January 17, 2016
NCT enchants with 'Cinderella'
THE TENNESSEAN - November 1, 2015
NCT spins magical tale with 'Charlotte’s Web'
THE TENNESSEAN - October 25, 2015
NCT revisits children's classic 'Charlotte’s Web'
THE TENNESSEAN - September 25, 2015
Toast of Music City Award winners
THE TENNESSEAN - September 9, 2015
'Einstein Is a Dummy' explores imagination and beyond
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