Welcome to Seattle Children’s Theatre’s 45th season! Whether you are a long time subscriber or a first time ticket buyer, we are glad you are here. This season promises to offer meaningful and engaging experiences for families. It is our supreme pleasure to launch with SCT world premiere and commission Black Beauty by James Still.
Based on the novel by Anna Sewell, Black Beauty has captivated generations. Though written in the late 1800’s, its prevailing message of empathy and compassion are important forces needed for our young people now. I am honored to introduce playwright James Still to SCT audiences. James enjoys a prolific career writing for both youth and adults. He is a primary collaborator of mine and I have long admired his ability to pour heart into each syllable of his writing. We are all the benefactors of his tremendous care and attention for this story.
Black Beauty allows us to lift up the extraordinary artistry of our very own Master Puppet Artisan Annett Mateo. I cannot imagine this production without Annett’s invention, creativity, and strategy. From the origin of this process, Annett has profoundly shaped the production you see today. I am deeply grateful for her sublime talent.
We are delighted to welcome back the creative team from last season’s production of The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane, particularly original music by Rob Witmer. All of these exceptional artists create Black Beauty’s world with rigor and heart. A special thank you to our incredible youth cast and their parents who do so much of the driving! Seeing multigenerational performers work together to create story and beauty has been one of the most moving experiences directing the play.
May we all acknowledge kindness when we experience it. May we call out injustice when we see it. May Beauty’s openness, curiosity, and resiliency transform us all. Thank you for joining us.
All the best,
Courtney Sale, Artistic Director