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+.

FREE Milk and Cookies at every reading, sponsored by ALBERTSONS.
FREE Pizza at every reading, sponsored by PIE HOLE.

BCT 17|18 Children’s Reading Series

March 4, 2018
by Brendan Murray
What would you do if you were stranded on a lifeboat with four other kids, and only one bottle of water? Brendan Murray’s play explores this question as five children figure out how to survive after their ship sinks crossing the Atlantic. All hope seems lost, until a mysterious girl suddenly appears on the lifeboat. Is she a sea monster? A German spy? Nobody knows. She brings bread with her, but also a boatload of trouble. This intense play portrays five unique, vibrant characters who are pushed to their limits. Filled with ethical dilemmas, Lifeboat will absorb children into its wartime setting and fast-paced plot.
Sunday @ 2 pm

April 22, 2108
by Heidi Kraay
A delightful play about nature. About family. And our nature. About building walls, tearing them down… and beaver tails.
Sunday @ 2 pm

All shows are at 2 pm unless otherwise noted.

Single Readings: $12 adults | $8 child
5-Reading Series Passes (on sale through Oct. 29, 2017): $50 adults | $30 child

*Pending rights approval.


October 29, 2017
by Dwayne Blackaller
KA-CRASH! And with that, Sonny and Kate crash through the roof of an old farmhouse and into a dusty attic. Trapped. But when an old radio crackles to life with a distress call from halfway around the world and out of time, the kids find themselves embroiled in a high-flying mystery with a legendary aviator named Amelia. Together they learn that sometimes the only way out is up.
Sunday @ 2 pm

December 17, 2017
by William Dean Howells
adapted by Dano Madden and Jenny Sternling
This is the delightful tale about a little girl who loves Christmas so much that she writes to the Christmas Fairy begging it to be Christmas every day. Impressed by the girl’s stellar punctuation, the Fairy agrees! At first, nonstop Christmas is exciting for everyone, but the girl soon realizes that no wish comes without great cost. As she finds the courage to set things right, the girl—with help from the Fairy—discovers, at last, what Christmas truly means. This heart-warming and funny holiday tale is the perfect occasion to bring the entire family to, enjoyable for children and adults alike.
Sunday @ 2 pm

January 21, 2018
by Kate DiCamillo
adapted by John Glore
Can a little squirrel change the human heart? After getting sucked up by a vacuum cleaner, a (now hairless) squirrel is rescued by Flora Belle Buckman, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed cynic. She names him Ulysses and discovers he has been reborn a superhero. Indeed, this once average squirrel can suddenly understand Flora, fly, and even write poetry. Together they embark on an adventure full of quirky characters and bursting with heart.
Sunday @ 2 pm


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.