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Children's Theatre Company unveils productions for 2014-15 season

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The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis announced its 2014-15 season Friday, which will feature eight productions including an interactive adaptation of the Jules Verne classic "20,000 Leagues under the Sea."

CTC Artistic Director Peter Brosius tells the Pioneer Press that he's thrilled to land a production of "Busytown the Musical" (Sept. 16-Oct. 26), which he's had his eye on for some time. The adaptation, by humorist and storyteller Kevin Kling along with a score by Michael Koerner, has never been performed in the Twin Cities  even though both are from here, the paper says.

"I just fell madly in love with the music," Brosius said. "You take Richard Scarry's goofy and off-kilter world and Kevin's wonderful comic sensibility and Michael's music and it's amazing."

Also on tap for the CTC 2014-15 season is "Seedfolks" (Sept. 30-Nov. 9), "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (Nov. 11- Jan. 4, 2015); "The Biggest Little House in the Forest" (Feb. 3-March 15, 2015); "Snowflake" (Jan. 13-Feb. 22, 2015); "Huck Finn" (March 3-April 4, 2015) and "Peter Pan the Musical" (April 21-June 21, 2015).

The season wraps up with "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" July 7-Aug. 30, 2015. The play will allow groups of audience members to explore hallways, rehearsal rooms and under the stage with the actors in their mission capture the villain Captain Nemo.

"It will be like being inside a live-action video game adventure where there is no separation between actors and audience," Brosius tells the Pioneer Press.

Brosius also tells the Star Tribune that the upcoming season is a "dream fulfilled."

"We’ve been trying to land some of these artists for years, and the stars all aligned," he says.

The CTC announced its upcoming season on its website with a video reminiscent of an old-time, black-and-white movie reel.

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