Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Clifford the Big Red Dog LIVE!
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season with Clifford the Big Red Dog LIVE! on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2pm. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).
In this musical adventure, Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and the whole gang from Birdwell Island learn about Clifford’s BE BIG!™ Ideas – Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Help Others, Believe in Yourself, and Be A Good Friend – with memorable songs, creative choreography, and lots of laughter and audience interaction. Clifford’s Big Ideas came out of the curriculum developed for the award-winning animated PBS KIDS series Clifford the Big Red Dog, based on the classic children’s books by Norman Bridwell.
Produced by Mills Entertainment, the production features a book by Jeremy Dobrish and music/lyrics by Dennis Scott. The design team includes David Miller (scene), Paige Selene Luke (lighting), BJ Marchini (sound), and Isabel Rubio (costumes), with puppet design by The Puppet Kitchen. The production is directed by Daniel Seth (based on original direction by Mark Fleischer), with musical direction by Nathan Dame and choreography by Keith Coughlin.
The cast for Clifford the Big Red Dog LIVE! includes Mae Rose Adubato (Emily Elizabeth), TJ Bolden (understudy/Mac), Chuckie Dixon (Clifford), Abigail Krentz (Jetta), David Melissaratos (Clifford), Deangelo Miller (Charley/Mr. Partland), Maggie Ronck (Mom/Ms. Cleo/ Ms. Carrington), Molly Samson (understudy), and Brian Patrick Williams (Dad/T-Bone), with Brian Glenn as the Voice of Clifford.
About Clifford the Big Red Dog
Norman Bridwell’s Clifford the Big Red Dog was first published in 1963, establishing Scholastic Books as a premiere publishing company. Today, there are more than 126 million copies of the Clifford books in print worldwide, with translations into 13 different languages. Clifford’s animated television series produced by Scholastic Studios now airs daily on PBS KIDS® and has received multiple Emmy nominations, The New York Film Festival’s Gold World Medal, a Humanitas Award, and a TASH Award for Children’s Animated Program. With home video adaptations, DVDs, interactive products, engaging online activities, and a museum exhibit tour, Clifford the Big Red Dog continues to have a positive impact on children both nationally and internationally.
About Norman Bridwell
Norman Bridwell’s love for drawing began at an early age, but he “was never considered very good,” he says. After high school, Bridwell studied at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and moved to New York to attend Cooper Union. While working as a freelance filmstrip and slide illustrator, he began assembling a portfolio of cartoons for children’s book illustrations. After visiting several publishers and being rejected, he stumbled across life-changing advice from a publisher at Harper & Row. She suggested that he create a storyline for one of his drawings, specifically pointing to one of a horse-sized bloodhound and a baby girl. Bridwell went on to create and publish the series known as Clifford the Big Red Dog with Scholastic Inc. “Sometimes you’ll do something that you really like and no one else does,” he says. “You’ll feel terrible, but you’ve just got to press on and keep trying. If you like doing it and keep working at it, then someday you will succeed.”
Brooklyn Center’s 2015-16 concludes on May 15 with Theatreworks USA’s production of Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move. Visit BrooklynCenter.org for a complete season lineup.
Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices (not applicable for International Women of Reggae or Alexander, Who’s Not…Going to Move). Multibuyers enjoy flexible ticket exchanges and discounted parking for purchased performances. A 50% discount for children ages 12 and under is offered for select performances. Discounts are also available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, active/retired military personnel, and groups. $10 student rush tickets are available day-of-show.
About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the PerformingArts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Brooklyn Center’s 2015-16 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Major support for the 2015-16 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, Shanachie Entertainment Corp, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Macy’s Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic
Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn Media Group, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2015-16 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s. Pianos for select performances provided by Steinway & Sons.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams; New York City Council Cultural Affairs Commitee Chair Jimmy Van Bramer; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.