Dallas Children’s Center
By Nancy Churnin, Mila Vincent, and Johannah Luza | Photos by Johannah Luza ~
Recommended for ages 5 and up
Dallas Children’s Theater presents its first virtual performance, and our five-year-old theater critic, Mila Vincent, of #MilaSays, is there for it! Mila and her grandmother, Johannah Luza, watched a streamed production of Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, the show that had been the company’s National Touring Production before it was pulled from the road in mid-March due to COVID-19. In keeping with Mila’s policy of dressing appropriately for each show, she put on an outfit that could have been worn by one of Miss Nelson’s students, making sure she had a backpack and lunchbox with lunch inside, too.
Mila: This was a fun play to watch! The football team kept losing all their games and couldn’t even score a point, so Miss Nelson, a teacher, got the football coach to go home by telling him he was sick, and she dressed up as a coach. None of the kids knew it was her. She taught the football players that if you really want something, you can do it, but you have to work hard. I learned that the Wright Brothers flew the first airplane when people kept telling them that a flying machine was impossible! And I learned about a hero named Harriet Tubman. She was born and raised as a slave, and her life was so hard. But when she was older, she escaped and saved almost seventy other slaves. I also learned that there used to be a president named Franklin Roosevelt, who was in a wheelchair, and he was the leader of the whole country. A lot of people think you can’t do much if you’re in a wheelchair. My grandma told me that our governor of Texas uses a wheelchair too.
Miss Nelson made the boys work really hard, and they started scoring points, then they started winning. When the big game came, the Thanksgiving game, they made a lot of points and won! If kids watch this play, they will learn that nothing is impossible, but you can’t just be lazy. You have to work super hard!
Johannah (Grandma): Kids don’t have to like football or understand it to love this play. The actors are funny and silly enough to gain the attention of the viewers. Kids learn that nothing comes easy, but if you work hard, you can accomplish things. My favorite part of the play was when Miss Nelson teaches her class about famous people in history who accomplished great things. Miss Nelson’s lesson gives parents and grandparents topics to discuss with kids, a great learning opportunity that they most likely won’t forget. The production is so professional. It was shot on multiple cameras in high definition in DCT’s Baker Theater in the Rosewood Center for the Performing Arts.
Check out the days and times of the performance so you and your family can enjoy this fun play from your home’s comfort.
Where: Your Computer, Tablet , or Phone | CLICK HERE to view the different ticket packages and purchase tickets
When: Continues through Sat. Aug. 1
Cost: There are different “Experience” levels to purchase—
* DCT Digital is a new, virtual way for audiences to watch the Dallas Children’s Theater shows on-demand, on your device. Until it is safe for us to gather again in person for a live theater experience, we at DCT invite you to please enjoy our programming offerings in the comfort of your home.