Oregon Children’s Theatre announces the 2008-2009 Season

·        5 shows for the whole family: from world premieres of original commissioned plays to timeless literary classics

·        20th Anniversary Season in a new home!


Portland, Oregon –Oregon Children’s Theatre is pleased to announce our 2008-2009 season.  With nearly two million children, teachers, and families served, OCT is celebrating our 20th Anniversary Season in a new space: we are now a resident company of the PCPA’s Hatfield Hall (home of the Winningstad and Newmark Theatres).  This change enables us to alter the theater experience for our audiences.  They will now be closer to the stage and hear real voices instead of amplified sound.  The smaller theaters allow us to add a fifth show to our season—an expanded line up designed to appeal to all ages—and will offer playgoers more dates and times from which to choose. 

Oregon Children’s Theatre 2008-2009 Season: 20 years old…still young at heart!


October 18 – November 9, 2008                                        By Lois Lowry, based on her novel

Directed by Stan Foote                                                       Best for ages 10 and up

Co-commissioned by Oregon Children’s Theatre and First Stage Children’s Theater, Milwaukee. 

Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry adapts her own book for the stage. This world premiere explores the depth of dreams and how they shape the lives of an old woman and young boy in this beautiful, lyrical play.  Gossamer is the story of dream-givers, mystical creatures who work in the shadows of night to impart dreams to those in need, and counteract the influence of nightmares. Continuing OCT’s commitment to bringing the best writers in the country to develop scripts for our audiences, Gossamer is a sensitive and compelling play for thoughtful youth and their families.  

James and the Giant Peach

November 1 – 23, 2008                      By Roald Dahl, adapted for the stage by Richard R. George Directed by Greg Tamblyn               Best for ages 7 and up

Evil aunts, magical crystals, insect, and more storm the stage as James steers his giant peach on a fantastical journey! This beloved Roald Dahl story comes to life in true OCT fashion with high-flying special effects, brilliant costumes, and memorable characters. 

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type

January 24 – February 15, 2009    By Doreen Cronin (Author), Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)

Book by James E. Grote, Music by George Howe, Lyrics by James E. Grote and George Howe

Directed by Stan Foote                   Best for ages 4 and up

Typing cows and a labor disputing duck join forces to stand up to Farmer Brown in this Broadway-style barnyard blockbuster.  Based on the comical, witty, and sometimes wry picture book, Click, Clack, Moo is fun, fun, fun! Great music, hilarious dialogue, and dancing farm animals will have the entire family laughing along with these literate bovines organizing to protect their rights.   

Honus & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure

February 28 – March 22, 2009    By Dan Gutman, adapted by Steven Dietz

Best for ages 8 and up

Twelve-year-old Joe Schostack is down on his luck, striking out in his favorite pastime, and stuck having to clean his neighbor’s attic. That is, until he discovers a very rare baseball card. With an original 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card in his possession, Joe soon learns that the card is not only valuable but magical as well. As Honus and Joe find friendship across the decades, they teach each other the true value of believing in your dreams.  

Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood

April 25 – May 17, 2009                      By Mike Artell, Illustrated by Jim Harris

Adapted by Arrangement with Ina Kahn Assoc.

Best for ages 5 and up

A Cajun croc, a less-than-dainty duck, and a swamp full of fun make up this bayou-flavored version of Little Red Riding Hood. The classic fairy tail gets a Southern twist, complete with a basket full of gumbo, hot sauce, and a sidekick cat. Told in rhyming Creole dialect and rich in Cajun culture, a saucy swamp chorus sings backup in the Zydeco-driven score to this spicy new family musical from the writer/composer of Junie B. Jones and the Miss Nelson musicals. 

Founded in 1989, Oregon Children’s Theatre is Oregon’s largest non-profit professional children’s theater company and a resident company of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.  Performances are held weekdays for school audiences and on weekends for family audiences.  OCT serves more than 111,000 children of all ages each year.  OCT offers numerous school services including in-school workshops and an extensive outreach program.  OCT’s year round Acting Academy offers theater classes for children ages 4-17.  

Funding for the 2008-2009 season will be provided in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, and Work for Art. 




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