To provide families and children, regardless of socioeconomic standing, exposure to both artistic expression and theatrical performance at minimal to no cost. The CIC Theater Company is specifically committed to reaching those whose standing limits their exposure to the arts.
Create. Inspire. Change. Theater Company started when Daniel Hutchins IV (producing artistic director) produced and directed an outreach-oriented production of Disney’s On the Record. His aim was not only to have the show performed for the paying public, but to also have it performed for children in the Boston area who would not normally have the means to see a live performance. The “always chase your dreams” theme of the show proved that the most important part of the “creative” process was “inspiring” the local children to never lose their imaginations or themselves as unique individuals and to “change” the stigma of theater being financially unavailable to most urban children; thus forming the name of our company.
A NOTE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Summer 2017: Season Three
What a fantastic year it has been! We began the season with our first touring production, A Thousand Cranes, A Drama by Kathryn Shultz Miller. The play is centered on Sadako's journey to find herself through the ancient Japanese tradition of folding paper cranes. I think this play is incredibly poignant in the world we live in today, both in its historical relevance and in the message it delivers. As is written on the base of the statue of Sadako, holding a golden crane, “This is our cry, this is our prayer, peace in the world. The show performed for three different outreach partners; The Friends of the Children-Boston, The Boston Center for Youths and Families, and The Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. It was both fascinating and reassuring to see the students we reached so interested in such a thought provoking piece. Hearing the children ask how we can prevent what happened to Sadako from ever happening again made me feel so encouraged that we chose this piece. In addition to our Outreach Events, we had a sold out public performance!
We closed out the season with our first musical, James and the Giant Peach, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and book by Timothy Allen McDonald. it was such a joy to bring a musical to the CIC stage- it was so exciting to see how patrons of all ages responded. The most inspiring moment was watching the students at the Outreach Events scream in jubilation as the child actor playing James took his bow. It was clear that they were impacted by seeing someone their age on that stage, and having seen that, many walked away with the notion that they, too, can be on the stage. That is what CIC is all about! The public performances were also a huge success, with turn out well above our previous marks. It was truly a wonderful year!
With all of that said, it is with great joy, excitement, and anticipation that I announce our 2017-2018 season lineup. We are thrilled to be producing a world premiere and a regional premiere that are very different but both so exciting.
First up in December 2017, we will be producing the world premiere of How Christmas Feels, with music and lyrics by Matthew Lowy and book by Zach Teague. The musical follows the character Mimi, a worker at Scrangle's Snow Globe Factory in a bustling city, and how she has become disillusioned by "the Christmas spirit." Somewhat lost and lonely, she begins receiving anonymous letters, which seem to magically correspond with her actual life. These letters, along with a few surprisingly close friends, guide her in finding herself and what the Holidays are all about. Writers Matt and Zach, based out of New York City, have created a fabulous musical full of laughs, charm, hope, and the perfect amount of Holiday spirit! While this musical does tell a Christmas story, it taps into universal themes of love, hope, family and perseverance. We can’t wait to celebrate the holidays with our audiences this year!
To close out the season in June 2018, we will be the first theater in the Boston area to produce Polkadots: The Cool Kid Musical with music by Greg Borowsky and Douglas Lyons, lyrics by Douglas Lyons, book by Melvin Tunstall III, and based on an original concept by Douglas Lyons. Polkadots follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying, to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity about her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine, Polkadots serves as a colorful history lesson for the world, reminding us that our differences make us awesome, not outcasts. I hope that this story will serve as a reminder to all that our differences should be embraced and celebrated. I think that the students who experience our Outreach Events will learn to understand the importance of acceptance and tolerance in our world, all while enjoying a fun, upbeat, and poignant musical!
We believe that the arts should be a beacon of hope, and that everyone, regardless of who they are, should be welcomed, accepted and celebrated. Both shows capture that essence in very different ways, and I am so excited to continue sharing this beautiful and powerful art form with our future leaders: our children.
Thank you for supporting our company and the arts! I am constantly encouraged by the CIC Family, and am truly blessed to be a part of such a special group. I hope you will join us for our performances this year as we continue instilling the art of creative expression in the youth of the Greater Boston area.
Daniel R. Hutchins IV
Producing Artistic Director