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The Little Mermaid. Katie McClanan, Brendan Long, and Kaylee Bair. Photo by David Kinder.

NW Children’s Theater

THEATER THAT’S AS PLAYFUL AS KIDS ARE

Elephant & Piggie. John Ellingson and Joellen Sweeney. Photo by David Kinder.
Northwest Children’s Theater creates playful shows for very young audiences (such as their adaptation of popular Elephant & Piggie books), puts on a top quality musical each holiday season (last year, Mary Poppins; this year, The Wizard of Oz), and debuts original productions with multicultural influences (Bollywood-dancing The Jungle Book, trilingual fable The Sun Serpent). Their space is a repur- posed century-old Christian Science church, a unique and welcoming venue that still has its original wooden pews.

In addition to staging five plays each year, NWCT also runs a robust educational program and teaches more than 100 classes in Portland- area schools, making them the largest kids theater school in Oregon.

NWCT knows that child audiences prefer to be shown, not told—so their stage creations tend to be cartoonishly colorful and larger than life. This season, they look forward to trying something particularly novel: a version of Sleeping Beauty with puppets “acting” right alongside people. Sounds like a young audience’s dream come true!

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ARTSLANDIA APPLAUDS: NW Children’s Theater’s lighthearted, colorful style! Kids are easily swept up in the excitement of a NWCT show.