South Carolina Children’s Theatre is proud to announce a four-show 2019/2020 season will open at the Peace Center Gunter Theatre on September 7, 2019 and will mark SCCT’s final season as a resident company at the Peace Center. The season will open with Ella Enchanted: The Musical, followed by A Charlie Brown Christmas, then Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and will finish with Curious George: the Golden Meatball.
Ella Enchanted: The Musical September 7-22, 2019
By Karen Zacaria; Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma; Adapted from the book by Gail Carson Levine
Ella cannot say no. As a baby, she received a magical ‘gift’ from her fairy godmother that forces her to obey everyone – all the time. This gift, which Ella keeps secret from those around her, ultimately becomes a dangerous vulnerability.
As she grows, Ella tires of the inability to follow her own will and sets out on a quest to rid herself of this ‘gift’. Along the way, her bravery, intelligence and selflessness helps her realize that she alone has the power to set herself free.
This story of strength and perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles is a fun, warm and empowering journey that will encourage children of all ages to find – and use – their voice.
A Charlie Brown Christmas November 29-December 8, 2019
By Charles M. Schultz; Based on the Television Special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendleson; Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer by Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson
The Peanuts gang is celebrating the season – writing letters to Santa Claus, hanging decorations, addressing cards – and everyone in town is excited about Christmas. Everyone, that is, except Charlie Brown. For Charlie, the commercialization of this special holiday has become too much to bear.
When he’s named as the director of the annual Christmas play, he does his level best to bring the meaning of Christmas to the forefront, but meets with barriers at every turn. When it seems like all hope is lost, Charlie Brown is surprised to see the spirit of Christmas comes to life in his friends.
One of the most recognized and cherished stories of the Holiday season, A Charlie Brown Christmas reminds us all that there is only one true meaning of Christmas.
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka TYA January 24-February 2, 2020
Words and Music by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley; Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse & Timothy A. McDonald; Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Who is Willy Wonka? The mysterious, reclusive candy man – with a talent for making the most scrupdidilyumptious sweets ever tasted – hasn’t opened the gates of his legendary factory for many years. Until now. Five lucky children have each found a golden ticket inside a Wonka Bar and get to come to the factory, meet Willy Wonka and take a special, behind-the-scenes tour.
Four badly misbehaved children quickly break Mr. Wonka’s strict rules and suffer the consequences. But Charlie Bucket’s sincerity and kind spirit shines through and he finishes his tour of Willy Wonka’s factory with a grand prize better than anything he could ever have imagined.
This musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is brought to candy-coated life on stage and will delight the sweet tooth in all of us!
Curious George: the Golden Meatball April 25-May 3, 2020
Music by John Kavanaugh; Book and Lyrics by Jeremy Desmon; Based on the Books by Margret and H.A. Rey and the Play Owned by Universal Stage Productions
Curious George is back and ready to cook as he helps Chef Pisghetti get ready for his once-a-year All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day! But a new, corner-cutting meatball maker intercepts Pisghetti’s crowd and ruins the day.
Admitting defeat, Pisghetti announces he will hang up his apron for good. But George believes his friend is the best meatball chef, and decides to enter him in the Golden Meatball Contest to prove it.
When Pisghetti gets lost on his way to the contest, George must stand in for him, and cook the meatballs on his own. The determined little monkey tries his very hardest, but can he help win the contest without the Pisghetti’s super-secret ingredient?
This story of encouragement, determination and selfless love will warm hearts and tummies alike!
Season tickets for the 2019/2020 season will go on sale at peacecenter.org in June and individual production tickets will then be available for purchase in August. As well, auditions for the first production, Ella Enchanted: The Musical will take place in May, 2019 at SCCT Headquarters – 1200 Pendleton Street, Greenville.