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 18|19 Children’s Reading Series
Oct 28, 2018 2pm
THE CANTERVILLE GHOST
Oscar Wilde, author
Marisha Chamberlain, playwright
For three centuries, the Canterville Ghost
has been perfectly happy rattling chains,
clanking armor and generally haunting
Canterville. Enter the Otis family —
Yankee upstarts with thoroughly modern
ideas. Frightening these nonplussed
American tenants proves to be not only
infuriating but almost impossible for
the temperamental British ghost. With
the courageous friendship of one of the
young Otis children, will the Canterville
Ghost finally find peace?
Dec 16, 2018 2pm
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Charles Dickens, author
Toby Hulse, playwright
Andrew and his family decide to spend
Christmas at their Aunts’ country cottage
in a bid to drag their brother out of his
“Bah, Humbug” Christmas feeling. The
house, however, has ideas of its own in
this wonderful retelling of Dickens’
timeless classic. When a power cut
threatens to ruin their ‘grown-up’ family
Christmas, they decide to tell each other
one of the most well-known Christmas
tales, which, with the magic of the
season and Hulse’s wonderful
storytelling style, it brings out the
inner child in all three siblings and
fun is all that can be had.
Feb 17, 2019 2pm
POLAR OPPOSITES: An Impossible Tale
Heidi Kraay, playwright
About ice. And melting. And drowning.
And saving. A play featuring animals of
the Arctic and Antarctic trying to save
their homes and two children much
closer to the equator who help them
— who are brave enough to try. If we all
work together, do we have a chance at
making it through?
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.