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The acclaimed Children’s Reading Series is a beloved BCT program that presents the best of contemporary children’s theater in a creative environment that is accessible to audience members of all ages. Drawing on one of the oldest traditions in theater—“hearing a play”—audience members will experience professional actors bringing engaging stories to life. BCT’s Children’s Reading Series is directed by the very talented Dwayne Blackaller. Recommended for ages 6+.
BCT 16|17 Children’s Reading Series
THE EVERLASTING DREAM
by Dayna Smith
February 26 @ 2 PM
When her classmate refuses to let her play baseball with the boys and her friend Connor fails to stick up for her, Alexis feels she’ll never be seen as equal. A whirlwind of frustration and a foul ball later, and Alexis and Connor are sent back in time to the 1930s—a time where equal treatment of others is notably absent and discrimination is in full force. They meet Marty, a doubtful boy without much faith in the possibility of change. Can they convince Marty to rise to find his place in history? And can they make any progress against discrimination with just some hope and an old textbook at their fingertips?
RAJPURR: TALE OF A TIGER
by Heidi Kraay
March 19 @ 2 PM
When Rajpurr loses the world as she knows it, she heads out with her bunny friend Bhampo and tag-a-long caterpillar Carl to find her father so he can teach her how to hunt. This play about friendship, adventure and transformation asks big questions about loss on a quest to reunite this young tiger with her family.
All shows are at 2 pm unless otherwise noted.
Readings: $12 | $8 for students
Series Passes: $50 | $30 for children
How long is each reading?
Not more than 90 minutes, usually with an intermission, and always with cookies and milk!
What are the recommended ages?
The readings are appropriate for children ages 6-18.
Do I need to attend with my child?
Yes, all children 17 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Previous CRS readings this season:
October 23 @ 2 pm
“This semi-musical is a fanciful, non-scary Halloween treat for the kid inside all of us.” – Talkin’ Broadway
A dancing cat, a howling dog, and a vampire bunny. The perfect pet combination for any family. Singing and dancing their way through this hilarious mystery, the furry friends of the Monroe house find room in their hearts, and in their home, for one very unique bunny.
HOW HIGH IS UP?
November 13 @ 2 pm
“The ideas expounded are comforting and profound, the language employed is beautiful.” – Time Out
Little Star and the Bird Who Has No Wings face an extraordinary journey to meet the Magicians of Roaring Winds, Pouring Rain and Silent Snow to stop Time. Watched over by the Sun and the Moon, Little Star reaches an unexpected shore. Full of music and movement, this magical play celebrates life in all its changes and its lasting truths.
STUBBY PRINGLE’S CHRISTMAS + A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES
December 18 @ 2 pm
December 19 @ 7 pm
The Christmas Interludes is a Boise holiday tradition that began with a handful of Idaho Shakespeare Festival actors in the 1980s. Over the years it grew to a seasonal fixture at the Egyptian, the College of Idaho, and all points around the Treasure Valley. After a ten year hiatus, the team is back, with new actors, fresh scripts, and beautiful, traditional holiday music sure to delight audiences of all ages. Stubby Pringle’s Christmas is based on the beloved children’s story by Western author Jack Schaefer.