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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 Page5 Boston Children's Theatre 2011-2012 Season Boston Children's Theatre (BET) is proud to announce a five-show season to celebrate the theatre's 60 th Anniver- sary. Featuring a holiday tra- dition, two World Premieres and two children's classics, BeT is taking dramatic steps to broaden the scope and diversity of plays and musi- cals for today's youth. Kicking off the 60 th season, is the audience favorite THE VELVETEEN RABBIT (De- cember 3-December 18), This enchanting play fea- tures puppetry combined with live actors to create a magi- cal experience for people of all ages. "This timeless clas- sic speaks to the holiday themes of hope, family and belief," revealed Burgess Clark, BeT's Executive Artis- tic Director. "It is about the strength and power of a child's imagination and each year our production evolves and changes. It is quickly becoming a holiday tradition for many families." In keeping with the theater's commitment to de- veloping new works, BeT will introduce the World Premiere of the musical CALVIN'S MONSTER (FebruarY 4-Feb- mary 12). To an entirely new generation of theatergoers. Created for children from kindergarten through 4 th grade. "Calvin's Monster" is based on the children's book "FairY Tale Moments" by Marcia Trimble and was adapted for the stage by Bur- gess Clark. Scared of his [[u mm I mm um m i i m---, m I ! I ! ! ! I I I ! I I ! I ! ! ! ! ! I I Payment madeby __ I Credit card #: I shadow, Calvin seeks the aid of famous storybook charac- ters to help him overcome his fears. Written with a mod- ern twist, including Peter Pan and Little Red Riding Hood with cell phones and pagers, "Calvin's Monster" entertains while teaching valuable lessons about stay- ing strong and overcoming adversity. REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER (March 3- March 1 l). The true story of a 17-year-old gay student from Cumberland, Rhode Is- land, who sued his high school in 1980 for the right to escort his boyfriend to his high school prom, is the ba- sis for this groundbreaking World Premiere of the play adapted by Burgess Clark from the autobiographical book by Aaron Fricke, the play makes a powerful state- ment about bullying, intoler- ance and hope. "BeT is extremely proud to be the first children's theatre to address these often sensitive subjects on our main stage. By dealing with the issues of bullying and prejudice, BCT hopes to enlighten our audiences with positive messages about tolerance and acceptance. There are lessons in this story that we can all learn from, regardless of our age, gender, or life choices." A magical peach! An in- credible journey! Insect friends! In JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (March 17- March 25). Roald Dahl's story comes hilariously to life in this family musical that reveals the wickedness of some and the goodness of others. Follow James, the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earth- worm on their wild adven- ture. And, don't forget James' mean Aunt Spiker and cruel Aunt Sponge! Tied into BeT's curriculum based pro- gramming, "James and the Giant Peach" is the perfect musical for students ages 5 and up. Rounding out the season is the timeless classic ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (May 5- May 13). In this enchanting new musical adaptation, au- diences will cheer for our heroine Anne as she fights against adversity and tells the truth, regardless of the consequences. Taught in schools around the world, "Anne of Green Gables" is regarded as one of the most important pieces of 20  cen- tury literature. While set in an era over 100 years ago, "Anne Of Green Gables" is as relevant today as it was a century ago," said Clark. "Comparatively, since 1951 BeT has provided a creative and artistic outlet for thou- sands of students and after 60 years our goals to inspire and educate children have never been more relevant or essential." Subscriptions for the 2011- 2012 season are on sale now. All productions will be held at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. For subscrip- tions, tickets and more infor- mation, visit or call 617-424-6634, x222. Boston Children's Theatre Boston Children's Theatre (BET) was founded as a stand-alone, non-profit orga- nization, dedicated exclu- sively to young people and the telling of their stories. One of the oldest children's theatrical organizations in the United States, Boston Children's Theatre provides unique opportunities for inner city and suburban kids to work together by offering year-round opportunities for young performers to be involved in a broad range of theatrical productions. 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