Zach Theatre's 2018-2019 Theatre Season for Families, including MATILDA, THE MUSICAL
ZACH THEATRE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO
MOODY FOUNDATION THEATRE FOR FAMILIES 2018–19 SEASON
Season Packages Available Now Including Mainstage Offering Matilda the Musical
ZACH Theatre announces two new offerings to the 2018–19 Moody Foundation Theatre for Families Season (TFF) along with new season packages available now. Theatre for the very young, Wake Up, Brother Bear! will run October 16, 2018–April 21, 2019 at ZACH North, under the direction of Carolyn Dellinger from the Magik Theatre in San Antonio. In collaboration with University of Texas at Austin’s Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities (DTYC) MFA Program, This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing will now join the season lineup running January 13, 19, 20, and 26, 2019 in The Whisenhunt at ZACH, performed and devised by the ensemble.
New addition Wake Up, Brother Bear! moves ZACH’s Moody Foundation Theatre for Families series off the main campus, to ZACH North, located at 12129 N Ranch Rd 620 North, Suite 10. Brother Bear and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons: together see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action to help create magical moments in an immersive, intimate setting.
Education Director Nat Miller explains his excitement for October’s new show, “Theatre for the very young uses music, art, and hands-on sensory experiences to connect children to literature. We are proud to present Wake Up, Brother Bear! –a unique, intimate production geared toward children ages six and under. I am excited for parents to bring their toddler/young child to their very first play and be able to experience it with them.”
Returning to their roles, the cast of UT’s This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing will join the ZACH TFF 2018–19 season. Harnessing the conventions and mythologies of classic fairytales and marrying them with an original journey accessible to modern audiences, Australian Finegan Kruckemeyer’s epic tale, This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing takes on the search for happiness, self, and a place to call home.
The Moody Foundation Theatre for Families 2018–19 Season package, including Tortoise and Hare; Holiday Heroes; This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing; and Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, is on sale now and starts at $50. Wake, Up, Brother Bear! is a season add-on.
“I’m thrilled to announce that, for the first time, our Theatre for Families Series packages allow families to access our Mainstage season with Matilda the Musical to get a Broadway experience on our Topfer stage. “, states Education Director Nat Miller.
In addition to new season offerings, ZACH’s Moody Foundation Theatre for Families programming continues its mission with theatre for everyone off location in partnership with the Thinkery to present The Very Scared Caterpillar January 18-19, 2019. Geared for PreK–Grade 2, The Very Scared Caterpillar is a fun and interactive tour throughout the museum, using characters, theatre, and problem solving to connect to science TEKS. Tickets will be available at a later date through the Thinkery at thinkeryaustin.org.
After developing Las Aventuras de Enoughie: The Adventures of Enoughie with Teatro Vivo and Glass Half Full Theatre, this bilingual puppet show aimed to teach kindness will tour schools as part of the Kindness Campaign. Currently nominated for three 2017–2018 B. Iden Payne Awards, Las Aventuras de Enoughie: The Adventures of Enoughie will be performed in school along the Kindness Campaigns “Magic Mirror.”
The Moody Foundation is Season Underwriter of the Moody Foundation Theatre for Families season with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Rackspace as Season Sponsors.
MOODY FOUNDATION THEATRE FOR FAMILIES 18-19 SEASON:
TORTOISE AND HARE
September 8, 2018 – February 27, 2019, The Kleberg at ZACH
Based on the story by Aesop
Book by Allen Robertson and Damon Brown
Music and lyrics by Allen Robertson
Directed by Nat Miller
Music Direction by Allen Robertson
Opening: Friday, September 21, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday Public Shows: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday Public Shows: 2 p.m.
Ancient versus modern. Reptile versus mammal. The ultimate culture clash between two tribes and a fantastical race to decide the fate of them all. Written by the talented Allen Robertson and Damon Brown, with modern music and energetic re-imagining of the ancient fable that will delight tortoises and hares of all ages!
Age recommendation: 5 and up
Run time: 55 minutes with no intermission
December 8, 2018, The Topfer at ZACH
Written by Shaun Wainwright Branigan and Jerome Schoolar
Due to demand, the original Holiday Heroes returns with some new songs and surprises! In this hilariously fun holiday sing-along, students get into the spirit with Ernie and Rufus. Celebrate the season with singing, laughter, and cheer for all.
Age recommendation: 3 and up
Run time: 45 minutes with no intermission
WAKE UP, BROTHER BEAR!
October 16,2018 – April 21, 2019 ZACH North
Based on the book by Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
Theatre for the very young uses music, art and hands-on sensory experiences to connect children to literature. We are proud to present Wake Up, Brother Bear!–a unique, intimate production geared toward children ages 6 and under. Watch Brother Bear and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons: together we see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action to help create magical moments.
Age recommendation: 6 and under
Run time: 35 minutes with no intermission
THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING
January 13, 19, 20, and 26, 2019, The Whisenhunt at ZACH
Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer
In this modern-day fairy tale, three young sisters are left in the forest by their woodcutter father and three resolutions are made: One sister takes one path, one sister a different path, and the third decides to stay right where she is. After twenty years of wild adventure, heartbreak, and big victories, the three meet again as women. An imaginative blend of creative puppetry, live music, and fantastical storytelling, this is a story of family and friendship you won't want to miss!
Age recommendation: 7 and up
Run time: One hour with no intermission
ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL (Also a Mainstage offering)
April 3 – May 12, 2019, The Topfer at ZACH
Based on the book by Roald Dahl
Book for the musical by Dennis Kelly
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin
Directed by Abe Reybold and Nat Miller
Musical Direction by Allen Robertson
Take a journey through the world of the Tony Award®-winning hit, Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical! Matilda is an extraordinary little girl who dares to take a stand and change her destiny. When she has finally had enough of her unscrupulous parents and tyrannical headmistress, she enlists the help of her friends—and favorite teacher Miss Honey—and bravely takes matters into her own hands to become the biggest little hero. Matilda is sure to delight and empower audiences of all generations.
Age recommendation: 6 and up
Run time: Two hours and 30 minutes including one intermission
TICKETING AND PACKAGES:
The 2018–19 Season Moody Foundation Theatre for Families package, including Tortoise and Hare; Holiday Heroes; This Girl Laugh, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing; and Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, is currently on sale and starts at $50 (youth price). Build Your Own 3 or 4 show package. Season add-on, Wake, Up, Brother Bear! is also available for purchase now; all seats are $12. Visit zachtheatre.org/tff/subscriptions to get your seats today. For more information, call 512-476-0541 x1 or go to zachtheatre.org. ZACH’s Box Office is located inside The Topfer, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. Free, short term and convenient parking available at the front entrance. Groups of 8 or more may request reservations by calling 512-476-0594 x.245 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.