The 2012-2013 season at Children’s Theatre Company was indeed a thing of wonder, from the swashbuckling magic of our world premiere pirate musical Buccaneers!, to the slapstick madness of the Ivey Award-winner If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. In addition to another world premiere, Greg Banks’ fantastic new Pinocchio, we were honored to bring you the U.S. premiere of the National Theatre of London’s hit production of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat.
I am also thrilled to report on the success of CTC’s Early Childhood Initiative, which brought specially designed theatre arts experiences to thousands of children ages 2-6 across our community. The return of our preschool show, The Biggest Little House in the Forest, ushered in a renewed focus on our youngest audience members, with CTC expanding partnerships with preschools and early childhood family education classrooms across the Twin Cities.
As we prepare to celebrate CTC’s 50th anniversary in 2015-2016, we are uniquely positioned to reflect on our legacy as the leading theatre for young audiences in North America. CTC is Minnesota’s cradle of culture—the launching point for many young artists and arts-lovers. We take this legacy seriously as we continue to focus on growing the canon of high-quality works for young people, and we look towards 2015-2016 with a renewed focus on commissioning and producing new work. In 2012-2013, we had more than a dozen new works in development at CTC—from a new musical about hockey in Minnesota by lauded New York theatre troupe The Civilians, to a one-actor adaptation of Paul Fleischman’s acclaimed novel Seedfolks that will star the magnetic Sonja Parks.
All that CTC is—past, present, and future—is thanks in part to you, our supporters. We would not be here were it not for your commitment to the work on our stages, your financial contributions, and your stories of special moments shared in the seats of our theatres. I thank you for another fantastic season and look forward to sharing many more to come.