Kerrville will be among the first stops on the latest national tour of the Dallas Children’s Theater. 

The company will perform at The Cailloux Theater at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. 

“We are dedicated to offering outstanding performing arts experiences to young audiences,” said Playhouse 2000 Associate Producer for Youth Programming Sarah Distel. “Since we began the Young People’s Performances in 2012, we’ve hosted more than 30,000 students who’ve seen dance, music, theater, opera and more — all performed by national-caliber artists and all with no charge to the students or their schools.”

The Young People’s Performances Series usually is available only during the school day, but Playhouse 2000 is expanding to an evening performance available to the general public.

“We love seeing children in the theater — but we missed giving the kids a chance for their parents, grandparents, caregivers, to share the experience with them,” Distel said. “This is our first attempt at making that happen.”

The Friday evening show will be absolutely free for children to attend, and their “grown-ups” will be asked to pay just $5.  “We are asking that no more than four children attend per adult” Distel added, “so that everyone has an enjoyable experience.”

Time Magazine called the Dallas Children’s Theater one of the top five children’s theater companies in the United States, and, of those five, they are the only one to tour across the country. 

Each year, the DCT will travel coast-to-coast with professional, large-scale productions designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind and promote education.

P2K and the Young People’s Performances have brought several prior DCT tours to Kerrville, and they’ve been attended by more than 6,000 students from Kerrville Independent School District and surrounding school districts. Their productions of “The Big Friendly Giant” and “How I Became A Pirate” were especially well received.

This year’s touring title is “Miss Nelson Has a Field Day,” based on the popular book series by Harry Allard and James Marshall.

In this musical version of the story, written by Joan Cushing, Miss Nelson tries to shore up the woeful football squad at Horace B. Smedley school, where the Tornadoes have never scored even a single point.

“We’ll still have our school-day show, and about 800 students will come to The Cailloux in buses for the 1 p.m. show,” Distel said. “We hope another 800 will arrive by car that night to see the show with their favorite grown-ups.”

Tickets to see The Dallas Children’s Theater’s “Miss Nelson Has a Field Day”  are $5 for adults and free for up to four children per adult ticket. Reservations can be made by calling the Cailloux Theater Box Office at 830-896-9393, or online at www.CaillouxTheater.com. Tickets also will be available at the door.

The Dallas Children’s Theater’s appearance in Kerrville is made possible by the sponsorship of Kerrville Public Utility Board.

The Young People’s Performances Series has been presented by Playhouse 2000 Inc. since 2012. P2K manages the Kathleen C. Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts on behalf of the city of Kerrville. For more information, including details on volunteering with P2K, visit www.playhouse2000.com.

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