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October 9, 2020 at 4:30pm & 7:00pm
October 10, 2020 at 2:00pm

By Ernie Nolan
Based on the book by Adam Rubin

You know what Dragons really love? Tacos of course! A boy and his dog are watching a TV show about dragons when they unexpectedly get caught up in the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of what to serve to dragons to eat. The #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon comes to life in a big way as the taco party of all taco parties literally brings down the house. This deliciously funny story will have you laughing out loud and wishing you read the fine print more closely: "Now Made with Spicy Jalapeno Peppers!"

 

Ages Recommended: Most enjoyed by children 5 and up

 

Language:

  • Elevated vocabulary used such as “abhor”, “reiterate”

  • Different types of monsters “zombie”, “aliens” are mentioned

  • Mild sarcasm is frequently used to communicate

  • Astrology is mentioned

 

Themes and Situations:

  • Dragons are featured characters, although they’re not the scary teeth-gnashing kind found in fantasy fiction; they’re very adorable, silly, and relatable!

  • Magic is used by Man in Suit and the Dragons often (characters disappear, come out of a TV, etc)

  • Boy

  • Perseverance and determination are strong themes

  • Audience participation will be used; Main in Suit will ask questions to the audience and go into the audience

  • Boy has a temper tantrum while struggling with his homework and with the dragons

  • Dragons show disgust at spicy salsa throughout the show

 

Potential Scary Moments:

  • House falls down onstage

  • Thunder and lightning are heard many times throughout the show

  • Rain sounds are heard throughout the show

  • Loud grumbling/explosion noises are heard many times

  • Fire alarms/sirens are heard

 

Other Cautions/Advisories:

  • Theatrical effects such as smoke, sparks, flashing lights, and high pitched noises will be used

  • It is insinuated that the Dragons once ate a dog

Individual tickets on sale August 3

Dragons Love Tacos (play)

December 4, 2020 at 4:30pm & 7:00pm
December 5, 2020 at 2:00pm

 

By Jerome Hairston
Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats
Music by Victor Zupanc

Oh, the magic of a snowy day! Peter is ready to explore the winter wonderland outside – throwing snow balls, making snow angels, and the crunch, crunch, crunch of the fresh snow. This imaginative ode to childhood brings to life the heartwarming stories by Ezra Jack Keats, and celebrates the joy in the small moments of a child’s world. Adventure with Peter as he grows up and explores the wide and wonderful world around him.

Age Recommended: Most enjoyed by children 4 and up.

 

Language:

  • The bullies use aggressive language towards Peter such as “grab him,” “can’t say we didn’t warn you,” etc.

 

Themes and Situations:

  • Peter begins maturing and growing up throughout the show

  • Bullying is suggested and represented through the “big boys” behavior.

  • Peter suggests violence with the bullies, saying “Leave us alone. I mean it,” then draws his fists. He never actually hits them.

  • It is suggested that the bullies jump Peter, but you do not see it onstage.

  • There is an evident development of a first childhood crush.

  • There is evident fear of social acceptance (Peter wanting to fit in with his guy friends).

 

Potential Scary Moments:

  • There is suggested violence, and the use of large shadows to represent bullies is used.

  • There is potential for loud noises through shouting, lightning, and thunder.

 

Other Cautions/Advisories:

  • Birds and dogs are prominent in the story and represented by puppets.

  • For a short time, a dog goes missing.

  • Shadow puppetry is used throughout the show, and it specifically is used to represent the bullies.

Individual tickets on sale August 3

The Snowy Day & Other Stories (play)

February 12, 2021 at 4:30pm
February 13, 2021 at 2:00pm

February 14, 2021 at 2:00pm

 

Music by Tom Kitt
Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Book by Bridget Carpenter

Based on the novel Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers and the Disney films

When a super-organized mother and her spontaneous teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to figure out how to break the spell and switch back. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another in a way they never could have imagined. Based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney Channel Original movie, this heartfelt and hilarious new musical explores the true power of love and the strength of the bond between a mother and daughter.

 

Age Recommended: Most enjoyed by children 8 and up.

 

Language:

  • Ellie uses aggressive language towards her family members (“Shut it!”, ”You stink, Fletcher”,“I hate you”, “Stupid!”).

  • An insinuation to a curse word is made by Ellie in Katherine’s body, but no curse words are used (“Will hunt for the glass and save my…butt.”)

  • The phrase, “Oh my gosh,” is used.

 

Themes and Situations:

  • Family conflict and difficulty adjusting to a step-parent

  • There are mentions of Ellie’s father’s death throughout (the show happens years after death has occurred).

  • Financial challenges are suggested

  • There is intense bullying by Savannah, including calling Ellie a “loser,” smacking books out of Ellie’s hand, and elbowing Ellie in the stomach.

  • There is a discussion of growing up and the development of hormones.

  • Cigarettes and piercings are displayed in a negative light.

  • There is a song entitled, “Parents Lie,” revealing common things parents misconceive to their younger children.

  • A lack of body confidence is represented, but themes of loving your body are presented as a response to this.

 

Potential Scary Moments:

  • Strobes and other lighting effects will be used to represent magic throughout the show.

  • A magical hourglass is what causes Ellie and Katherine to swap bodies.

  • There is potential for loud noises from screaming and props breaking.

  • Savannah gets mildly violent when elbowing Ellie in the stomach, knocking items out of her hand, etc.

  • A child goes missing. This conflict is resolved quickly and he is reunited with his family.

 

Other Cautions/Advisories:

  • There are public displays of affection through kissing and hugging between love interests.

  • During a magic trick, Fletcher pulls a scarf from his mouth, and he mocks “choking” during this trick.

  • Being locked in a psych ward and medicated is mentioned after Ellie and Katherine “switch bodies.”

  • Sarcastic remarks are made by Torreyregarding killing a child if they were to ever run away.

  • A misunderstanding causes an insinuation that the physical harm of Katherine’s son has occurred.

Individual tickets on sale August 3

Disney's Freaky Friday (musical)

April 16, 2021 at 4:30pm & 7:00pm
April 17, 2021 at 2:00pm

Lewis Carroll's Classic Story
Adapted by William Glennon

 

Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic comes to life onstage in this clever and refreshing adaption. An acting troupe eager to perform the classic story seeks out someone to play Alice. As Alice’s adventure unfolds, the group of actors portray all of the delightfully absurd characters in the curious playground of Wonderland, using clever stagecraft, fast-paced costume changes and hilarious onstage antics. Join Alice on the adventure of a lifetime, and see why the magic of Wonderland continues to captivate children and grown-ups alike!

 

Ages Recommended: Most enjoyed by children 10 and up

 

Language:

  • Queen of Hearts talks’ heads, poison, boxing their ears, execution, and stealing.

  • Many characters use language and phrases such as, “rude”, “pig”, “hate”, “prisoner”, and “beat him”.

 

Themes and Situations:

  • Harsh topics such as beheading and execution

  • Being lost

  • Alice has fits of emotion, many times resulting in crying

  • Being a prisoner and going through a trial

 

Potential Scary Moments:

  • Alice falls down the rabbit hole

  • Alice grows bigger and smaller

  • Lights flashing and vocal sounds to set Duchess’ house

  • Cook banging pots and pans

  • Cook tries to hit the Duchess with a pot.

  • Queen of Hearts yells frequently and usually about chopping off peoples’ heads.

 

Other Cautions/Advisories:

  • Flashing lights, loud noises, language, and topics could be very confusing and frightening for children under the age of 10.

Individual tickets on sale August 3

Alice in Wonderland (play)

imagination never gets old.

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The Spartanburg Little Theatre & Youth Theatre are funded in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg and its donors, the City and County of Spartanburg, and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.