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cheap sunglasses Two exciting shows coming to the Birmingham Children s Theatre in April to close out the 2013-2014 season

Birmingham, Ala. - The Birmingham Children s Theatre (BCT) is pleased to announce two upcoming shows in April, including Little Miss Muffet & The Lost Sheep and The Secret Garden, both of which are scheduled for Saturday performances on April 12 and 26. Recommended for children ages 2 to 6, Little Miss Muffet & The Lost Sheep will be part of BCT s Wee Folks production series while The Secret Garden is a MainStage production and is recommended for children ages 6 and up. We are thrilled to present these two performances to our audiences, said Jack R. Lemmon, BCT Executive Director. We hope that all who come to see these two plays will enjoy watching them as much as we have enjoyed creating them.

Written by Sina Skates, Little Miss Muffet & The Lost Sheep is a commission just for BCT and is a new adventure rolling three classic fairy tales, including Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue, and Little Miss Muffet, into one. The production is directed by Will Harrell with Jay Tumminello as composer, Todd Roberts as costume designer, and Holly Breuer as scenic designer.

Little Miss Muffet & The Lost Sheep is an adventure where audiences will learn to overcome fears in order to find the true heart of the matter, says Skates. We think it will be a great success with audiences.

Four actors will star in the production of Little Miss Muffet & The Lost Sheep, including Stephen Billy, who will be making his BCT debut as Little Boy Blue. Quinn Q. Cason, also new to BCT will play the Wolf Spider. In addition, Carrie Greenberg will play Little Bo Peep and Katie Maiello will play Little Miss Muffet.

In a version of the Broadway musical directed by Sarah Norris, the classic tale of The Secret Garden will come to life on the MainStage Theatre. Regina Harbour will play the part of Mrs. Medlock, Ron Dauphinee will star as Ben, and Maggie Tompkins is cast as Mary Lennox. Lucy Simon has created the music for this production, and it is based on the original novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden will have Family Day performances, School Day performances, Home School Day performances, and a Sign Language Day performance.

In this MainStage production, recommended for children ages 6 and up, Mary Lennox, an orphan, is sent to live with her uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor. Due to Mary s circumstances in life, she is often found to have a negative disposition, and as a result, she continues to face loneliness; however, upon discovering a hidden, neglected garden, Mary plants the seeds of new life for all those drawn into her secret refuge, creating magic and friendship in the process. The Secret Garden takes audiences on an emotional journey of transformation, hope and humanity.

We re really proud of everyone involved with making this production a reality, said actress Maggie Tompkins. It s been so much fun working with the cast and crew, and we can t wait to invite audiences along for the journey in The Secret Garden.

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About Birmingham Children s Theatre

Established in 1947, Birmingham Children's Theatre (BCT) exists to educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of children through the magic of professional theatre. One of the nation's oldest and largest theatre companies for young audiences, BCT produces high-quality theatrical entertainment and curriculum-relevant arts education experiences for children and families. BCT is the second-largest employer of theatre artists in Alabama and is Alabama's only professional touring theatre company. As the resident theatre troupe of the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), BCT operates the 150-seat Dominick Studio Theatre, the intimate 250-seat Wee Folks Theatre for students ages 3-6, and the larger 950-seat MainStage Theatre for students ages 6 and up.

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