READY. SET. HUT: DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PRESENTS ITS FIRST VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE!
Quarantine is certainly taking its toll on live theaters with its limits on public gatherings, but many are using the time to connect with audiences in new and different ways. That is certainly the case for Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT). This week, DCT is proud to present its first fully virtual production – MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY. This delightful show was DCT’s National Touring Production before it was pulled from the road in mid March due to COVID-19. MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY is ready to go on an entirely new tour, virtually, into the living room of families everywhere.
This high-definition virtual performance was shot on multiple cameras in DCT’s own Baker Theater in the Rosewood Center for the Performing Arts. Families may rent a performance for $10 from now until August 1st. Avid Miss Nelson fans might want to upgrade to the $25 package which includes an opportunity to Zoom with Playwright Joan B. Cushing who also wrote the musicals: MISS NELSON IS MISSING, JUNIE B. JONES & A LITTLE MONKEY BUSINESS, and DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, & A FLY, which performed at DCT just last summer. Former Board President, Sharron Hunt, will also share with families how she influenced the name Super Bowl and cast members will be online as well. The live Zoom event will be on Thursday, July 30 at 7PM.
And there is even more! If a patron chooses to upgrade to the $50 package, they will receive an invite to the special Zoom session, a personalized video wake-up call from their choice of four characters (Coach, Viola Swamp, Miss Nelson or the Cheerleader. Package buyers will also be entered in a drawing to receive a stuffed football, book or other great items.
To access the stream, families should go to dct.org/nelson/digital, and select the package they desire. They will be guided through the login process and then plan to watch the show one time over the next three days. The play will be available for purchase between now and August 16
In MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY, families watch the journey of the Horace B. Smedley Tornadoes, the worst football team in the world, as they attempt to focus long enough to score a single point. When their coach can’t motivate them, Miss Nelson, the school’s favorite teacher, is forced to call in a trusted, yet feared, reinforcement in this zany musical spectacular. Watch as the bold and intimidating Coach Viola Swamp whips the Tornadoes into shape just in time for the big rivalry game!
In a time where both sports and theater are challenged to find their footing – enjoy a silly story about perseverance!
DCT’s National Touring Sponsor is Neiman Marcus.
DCT’s NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION
Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall
Directed by K. Doug Miller
Streaming now through August 16.
Recommended for ages 5 and up
Austin Ray Beck - Patrick
Dakota Davis - Kenny
Parker Fitzgerald - Daniel/Cafeteria Lady
Emily Grove - Miss Nelson/Viola Swamp
Morgan Maxey - Lauren
Sam McCalla - Coach Armstrong/Principal Blandsworth
Tour Producing Director - Sally Fiorello
Director/Choreographer - K. Doug Miller
Music Director – Pamela McLain
Production Manager - Justin Miller Audio Engineer – Brian Christensen
Asst. Production Manager - Janel Villatoro
DCT Technical Director - Josh Smith
PSM/Tour TD/Lighting Director - Trey Nicholson
Sound Engineer/Tour Asst. TD - Ryan Brazil
Master Electrician - Jason Monmaney
Scenic Designer - Michelle Harvey
Asst. Scenic Designer - Bianca Folgar
Lighting Designer - John M. Moss II
Assistant Lighting Designer – Will Elphingstone
Costume Designer - Lyle Hutchon
Sound Designer - Marco Salinas
Props Designer - Beck Schlabach
Original Orchestrations by – Deborah Wicks LaPuma
2019-20 Season Sponsors are: Texas Instruments, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, The Shubert Foundation, TACA, The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Anonymous Family, The Carlson Foundation, March Family Foundation, and Hoblitzelle Foundation. General Sponsors Include: The Rosewood Corporation, Vibeke Jarnum & Niels Anderskouv, Karen & Ken Travis, Anonymous Family, Lisa K Simmons, Elizabeth & Bart Showalter, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation, Inc., The Estate of Caroline Rose Hunt, and The Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation. Additional Support is Provided By: Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, TXU Energy, Capital for Kids, Legacy Texas Bank, Frost Bank, Stephen M. Seay Foundation, Orien Levy Woolf & Dr. Jack Woolf Charitable Trust, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, Karen & Jim Wiley, The Hersh Foundation, Jennifer & Peter Altabef, Mickie & Jeff Bragalone, Holly & Tom Mayer and Maile & Charles Shea, Maintenance Inc., The Perot Foundation, Strake Foundation, Which Wich, and Green Mountain Energy, DCT's official renewable energy partner. Sensory-Friendly Sponsors Include: The Melinda & Jim Johnson Family Charitable Fund, Fichtenbaum Charitable Trust, Chi Omega Christmas Market, The Sapphire Foundation, and DCT's Fall Family Party Contributors. DCT's National Touring Sponsor is Neiman Marcus.
Dallas Children’s Theater
Rosewood Center for Family Arts
5938 Skillman Street
Dallas, Texas 75231
About Dallas Children’s Theater
Dallas Children’s Theater features professional actors performing for an annual audience of 250,000 young people and their families through mainstage productions (9 in the 2019-2020 season), a national -touring company, and an arts-in-education program. As the only major organization in Dallas focusing solely on youth and family theater, DCT builds bridges of understanding between generations and cultures, instilling an early appreciation of literature, art, and the performing arts in tomorrow’s artists and patrons.
Text copyright © 1985 by Harry Allard. Performed by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. By special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Company and Gurman Agency LLC.