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Talespinner Children's Theatre's ‘The Floating Dolls’ on stage through July 6

Talespinner Children’s Theatre specializes in live productions aimed at children and the young at heart.
Talespinner Children’s Theatre specializes in live productions aimed at children and the young at heart.
Talespinner Children's Theatre

Talespinner Children's Theatre's
The Floating Dolls
A Polish Folktale
Adapted by Toni K. Thayer
Onstage now through July 6th

"This adaptation by Toni K. Thayer is charming...The cast...moves and dances with expressive glee... both arresting and amusing." --Christine Howie, Rave & Pan

Talespinner Children’s Theatre specializes in live productions aimed at children and the young at heart. Not only are their shows family friendly but they carry a moral message as well. Currently, TCT is presenting “The Floating Dolls – a Polish Folktale through July 6, 2014. The show is onstage at the Reinberger Auditorium that is located at 5209 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.

In “The Floating Dolls” Anatol’s family and neighbors have been driven to distraction because Anatol will not stop crying. Help comes from an usual source as a mysterious female stranger comes to town and by using nine magical rag dolls and a river of tears she is able to change a town’s troubles into happiness. The Floating Dolls is an enchanting story told through story, song and magic as actors and puppets take you on a journey to two far-away lands. This is a great show to teach children how children and babies are the same all over the world and families come in all shapes and sizes.

Directed by Alison Garrigan
Adapted by Toni K. Thayer
Movement by Brittany Gaul
Costume Design by Melanie Boeman
Lighting Design by Josh Heidinger
Scenic and Puppet Design by Alison Garrigan
Stage Managed by Tim Maca

The Cast

Richie Gagen, Debbie Keppler, Ben Merold, Dan Rand, Lauren B. Smith, and Hannah Storch

Showtimes are Fridays at 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

*Please note—there is no performance on Friday, July 4th.

Tickets are $10 for children age 12 and under, $12 for Seniors and Students with a College ID, $15 for adults. Group and Educational rates are also available. TCT will present two Pay What You Can performances on Sunday, June 15th at 2:00pm and Friday, June 20th at 7:00pm. Patrons may pay any amount at the door at these performances.

Buy tickets now at or call 216.264.9680.

About Talespinner Children’s Theatre

TCT is a Cleveland-based company that develops and produces highly imaginative, original, collaborative and interactive professional works for children that also stimulate creative growth in its artists. At any time, these pieces may involve acting, dance, music, puppetry, tumbling, drumming, and numerous other artistic disciplines as imagined by the artistic teams working with and for TCT, and are open to all creative possibility. TCT's aim is to bring theatre to the community in its fullest form providing excitement, growth and joy for all who are involved in and/or touched by its work. “The Floating Dolls—a Polish Folktale” continues TCT’s third producing season, which began with the audience and critically acclaimed “Aesop’s Pirate Adventure”, and includes “Loki & Lucy” (September 20th through October 12th), and “Clara and the Nutcracker” (November 29th through December 21st.)

TCT strives to reach across socio-economic, cultural and traditional boundaries to help awaken and bring better understanding by opening eyes, ears, hearts and imaginations in the young people (and artists) of Cleveland and its surrounds.

TCT creates work that remembers that children are smaller people, not lesser people.

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