New York Children's Theater Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
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Festival Description

Founded by Michael Shawn Lewis, Chelsey Shannon and Renee Barnett, The New York Children’s Theater Festival (NYCTF) serves to connect artists and industry professionals who are passionate about creating theatrical experiences and productions for children. NYCTF will foster critical awareness for the art form, in addition to providing professional development and enrichment opportunities for those dedicated to the craft of creating new works for young audiences. In addition to presenting new works, NYCTF will also provide resources and services that will support artists in their work to develop and inspire the next generation of theatergoers. NYCTF is filing as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Festival Dates April 20 - May 5, 2012
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Programming 2012:
  • Go Green! Prince Charming’s Quest for Love and Ecology in NYC
    Friday, April 20 at 5:30pm; Saturday, April 21 at 11:00am; and 2:00pm
    Music by Mary Feinsinger
    Book and Lyrics by Joan Ross Sorkin
    • Go Green! is a musical fairy tale about a modern-day Prince Charming who must choose between his passion for saving the earth or completing his quest to preserve true love forevermore. Festival co founder Chelsey Shannon says, “Go Green! is an up-beat original story with unexpected twists and turns, making it exciting and fun for kids to follow. It has catchy music which totally hooked me and combines classic fairy tales with the idea of being green. Kids will be thrilled to see what Prince Charming would rather be doing with his free time.”
  • Scheme of the Super Bullies
    Friday, April 27 at 5:30pm; Saturday, April 28 at 11:00am; and 2:00pm
    Book, Music and Lyrics by Ross Wade
    • When mad scientist Countess von Cooties forms the League of Super Bullies, fiercely independent superhero Princess Dodgeball must learn to accept help from her friends (and the audience) to save her school, in this original musical. Lewis says, “Scheme of the Super Bullies has colorful characters and a totally energetic story that caught my eye right off the bat. The show has very relevant themes that are important to address, and the songs are truly hilarious!”
  • The Velveteen Rabbit
    Friday, May 4 at 5:30pm; Saturday, May 5 at 11:00am and 2:00pm
    Adapted by Andrew M. Frodahl, based on Margery Williams’ classic story
    • The classic story comes to life in this new version featuring live actors and puppets. A journey through time, this enchanting production focuses on the power of love and friendship. Festival co-founder Renee Barnett says, “This is a wonderful approach to a heartfelt classic; a beautifully touching adaptation that children and adults will relate to.”


Practical Info:

Announced Participants 2012:
  • The New York Children’s Theater Festival has announced the accepted participants for its inaugural season, chosen by a judging panel of over 30 industry professionals including Kevin (“Elmo”) Clash, Cheryl Henson (President, The Henson Foundation), John Tartaglia (Emmy, Tony, and Drama Desk Award nominated actor, producer, puppeteer), Thomas Schumacher (President, Disney Theatrical Productions), and Michael Jung, (Vice President, Theatrical Development, Walt Disney Imagineering).


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