Young Charles Dickens

Meet the Cast of Young Charles Dickens

New York City Children’s Theater’s modern holiday classic, Young Charles Dickens, returns to Theatre Row in December! We’re so excited to introduce the incredibly talented cast – click their picture to learn more about them!

Elaine Cotter

Elaine Cotter

Elizabeth Dickens, et. al.
Kyle Huey

Kyle Huey

Mr. Dickens, Squeers, et. al.
Jared Howelton

Jared Howelton

Tommy Traddles, Jo, et. al.
Cameron Mullin

Cameron Mullin

Bob Fagin
Nick Sacks

Nick Sacks

Charles Dickens

 


The modern holiday classic returns this winter at Theatre Row!

Before he became a famous writer, Charles Dickens was a typical 12-year-old boy with a gift for telling stories. Based on the book A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson, Young Charles Dickens is the true story of how one of the most famous writers of all time found his calling.


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Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker is "Ideal for the Holidays"!

Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker is “Ideal for the Holidays”!

“Ideal for the holidays, the charming performance had my daughter transfixed with the mesmerizing dancers and eye-catching costumes.” – Brown Girl Gumbo

“Animated, joyful, and engaging for children”

“The cast was brilliant. Animated and joyful, and engaging for children! the perfect intro to ballet or theater!” – Lil Kid Big City

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Mommy Nearest: 10 Holiday Shows You Can Only See in NYC!

We’re so thrilled Young Charles Dickens made it onto Mommy Nearest’s list of 10 Holiday Shows You Can Only See in NYC!

Kids’ News NYC reviews Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker!

“The show is funny and fun to watch but makes you think about serious things and also reminds you not to be afraid to be yourself.” – Kids’ News NYC

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Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker on NY1!

This weekend Shelley Goldberg included Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker in her Parenting report on NY1 – how cool is that? We were so excited to be included!

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Break out the tutus and toe-shoes for Sophie the Swan’s latest adventure. A companion piece to the hit BALLERINA SWAN, this world premiere blends ballet and puppetry as Sophie prepares for her first holiday performance of “The Nutcracker.” Based on the book BALLERINA SWAN by Allegra Kent and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully.

Choreographed by Michael McGowan
Written by Barbara Zinn Krieger
With the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Playing through December 18th at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row!


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Young Charles Dickens

We’re on American Theatre’s List of Holiday Shows!

We are so grateful that American Theatre included both of our holiday shows: Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker & Young Charles Dickens on their list of 16 Holiday Shows for Children and Families! How exciting! The shows are playing through December 18th so come check them out!

If you can look beyond ‘A Christmas Carol,’ these festive family shows prove there are plenty of ways to deck the halls.

New York City Children’s Theater (Nov. 26 – Dec. 18) will produce a companion piece to 2013’s Ballerina Swan. This world premiere blends dance and puppetry as Sophie the Swan prepares for her first performance in The Nutcracker. Michael McGowan choreographs, and the characters are inspired by Allegra Kent’s book Ballerina Swan.

This musical prequel to A Christmas Carol will get a reworked production from New York City Children’s Theater Dec. 2-18, following last year’s world premiere. Based on actual events, Young Charles Dickens recounts the Christmas that 12-year-old Dickens spent working in a factory and developing his social conscious. Andrew Frank directs the musical, which has book and lyrics by artistic director Barbara Zinn Krieger and music by Charlie Greenberg.

 

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Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker

Break out the tutus and toe-shoes for Sophie the Swan’s latest adventure. A companion piece to the hit BALLERINA SWAN, this world premiere blends ballet and puppetry as Sophie prepares for her first holiday performance of “The Nutcracker.” Based on the book BALLERINA SWAN by Allegra Kent and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully.

Young Charles Dickens

Back by popular demand, this modern classic returns for the holidays. Before he became a famous writer, Charles Dickens was a typical 12-year-old boy with a gift for telling stories. Based on the book A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson, Young Charles Dickens is the true story of how one of the most famous writers of all time found his calling.


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#NYCCTReads Charles Dickens: David Copperfield

Reading with kids is not only fun, it’s important! According to a study by the National Commission on Reading, “the single most significant factor influencing a child’s early education success is being read to at home prior to beginning school.”

David Copperfield  is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful author.

“My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.” – David Copperfield

This is Charles Dickens’s eighth novel.  The novel was first published in 19 monthly installments from 1849-1850 before being published as a book in 1850. This book was Charles Dickens’s favorite of his own work, writing “like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield.” The full name of the novel is The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account).

The song If You Please in Young Charles Dickens features David Copperfield and his aunt Betsy!

We highly recommend checking out this book. After you read it, download the #NYCCTReads Activity Sheet and talk about the book together!

Source for information about the above book!


The modern holiday classic returns this winter at Theatre Row!

Before he became a famous writer, Charles Dickens was a typical 12-year-old boy with a gift for telling stories. Based on the book A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson, Young Charles Dickens is the true story of how one of the most famous writers of all time found his calling.


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Learn About NYCCT’s

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New York City Children's Theater's 20th Anniversary Season

We’re proud to serve all of New York City’s children, and always will be.

Since its founding 20 years ago, New York City Children’s Theater has been committed to promoting diversity. We’ve celebrated kids and cultures from all over the world, and have been fortunate enough to work with a group of artists who come from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Teaching city kids that their stories belong on stage, no matter who they are, is a crucial part of our mission.

The recent spike in hate crimes across the country has angered and upset us. Stories about attacks in our city cut especially deep. But we know that there’s power in coming together as a diverse, inclusive community. We promise to keep working to bridge the gaps that divide us: to give underrepresented groups a voice on our mainstage, to cultivate respect and empathy in schools through our anti-bullying workshops, and to encourage collaboration and creativity through our Literature at Play residencies.

We’re proud to serve all of New York City’s children, and always will be.

Exclusive! Beautiful new Images from Ballerina Swan and the Nutracker

Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker in The NY Times!

Thank you so much to The New York Times; they included Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker on their list of 6 Family Shows to See if You’re in NYC for Thanksgiving! We’re so honored – and so excited for Thanksgiving weekend!

This show for very young children mixes ballet and puppetry to tell the story of Sophie the Swan and her debut in a staging of “The Nutcracker.” A production of New York City Children’s Theater, it’s based on characters from the book “Ballerina Swan,” written by the former New York City Ballet star Allegra Kent and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully, and features music by Tchaikovsky.

The show is a follow-up to “Ballerina Swan,” a 2013 dance-theater piece about Sophie that our critic called “charming,” adding, “Smartly constructed puppets and children’s ballet foibles can be adult pleasures, too.”

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Ballerina Swan and the Nutcracker

Break out the tutus and toe-shoes for Sophie the Swan’s latest adventure. A companion piece to the hit BALLERINA SWAN, this world premiere blends ballet and puppetry as Sophie prepares for her first holiday performance of “The Nutcracker.” Based on the book BALLERINA SWAN by Allegra Kent and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully.


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