Dora the Explorer Live! – Search for the City of Lost Toys , the first-ever family stage show starring a Latina heroine, is coming to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville February 4-8. Nickelodeon and Clear Channel Entertainment have teamed up to create the national tour, performing in 32 cities across the United States.
Dora the Explorer Live! is based on the number one preschool show on commercial television, Dora the Explorer. The popular Dora is a seven-year-old Latina heroine, whose adventures take place in an imaginative, tropical world filled with jungles, beaches and rain forests. Dora explores her world just as preschoolers do everyday, and both the TV and stage shows are designed to actively engage their audiences using a variety of learning techniques.
“TPAC is proud to present the first Broadway-style show for families to feature a Latina heroine. What a great match for our programming goals and the ongoing growth in the population of the Spanish speaking community in our region,” said Brent Hyams, TPAC’s Director of Marketing. “We’re also impressed with the creative team assembled for this production – the director, the writer, and the designers have outstanding credits from Broadway, television and other venues. Attending Dora the Explorer Live! is a great way to introduce children to Broadway theatre. Plus, it’s an interactive experience that the whole family will genuinely enjoy. With the popularity of the television program, and the success we’ve seen with family shows in the past, we expect to sell-out by the end of the Nashville engagement. Make your reservations early for this one.”
Featuring familiar songs, a captivating storyline and all the characters children have come to love, Dora the Explorer Live! showcases her friends, special helper Backpack, best friend Boots, Map, Swiper the Fox, Tico and Benny.
Dora and her best friend Boots invite the audience to join them in an exciting adventure. Each step of their journey consists of a problem or puzzle that Dora and the audience must solve in order to move on to the next challenge. Dora is proudly bilingual and uses her knowledge of English and Spanish to communicate with her friends, overcome obstacles and reach her goals. Dora teaches Spanish words or phrases to the audience and then asks them to use them to solve a problem and forge ahead.
“Dora has quickly captured the imagination of the pre-school audience and has become the number-one show on commercial television for kids this age since its debut on Nick Jr.” said Stuart Rosenstein, vice president, Recreation, Nickelodeon. “Dora the Explorer Live! is a culturally rich, interactive show for preschoolers and their families that helps her fans experience this wonderful character in a whole new way.”
“We are excited to bring this show to theatrical venues across the country,” says Joanna Hagan, senior vice president, Clear Channel Theatrical Production – Family Entertainment. “Nickelodeon has been a dream partner for us and Dora the Explorer Live! is the latest theatrical production from this collaboration to push the boundaries of family theater.”
Dora the Explorer Live! is directed by Gip Hoppe, who first worked with Nickelodeon and Clear Channel on Blue’s Clues Live! and Blue’s Clues Live! – Blue’s Birthday Party. Hoppe wrote and directed the Broadway play Jackie: An American Life. He is a founding member and co-artistic director of the Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre.
Dora the Explorer Live! is written by Chris Gifford. He created the TV show with Valerie Walsh and Eric Weiner. Gifford serves as executive producer of the TV show, with Walsh as producer and Weiner as producer and head writer.
Title sponsors for Dora the Explorer Live! are Crest and Teddy Grahams. Lego, Dodge, Pampers and Bounty are associated sponsors.
Dora the Explorer Live! features set designs by David Gallo, recently represented on Broadway by You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Lion In Winter, Little Me and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He also was production designer for Jackie: An American Life. Costume Designer Gregg Barnes’ Broadway credits include: Flower Drum Song, Disney on Ice – Princess Classics, Side Show, Scooby-Doo in Stagefright – Live on Stage!, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show and Madison Square Garden’s The Wizard of Oz.
Dora the Explorer Live! will open in Nashville on Wednesday, Feb. 4, playing through Sunday, Feb. 8. The performance schedule is Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Thursday at 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., & 5 p.m.; and Sunday at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale at www.tpac.org, the TPAC Box Office, Downtown or Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Green Hills, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge tickets by phone call 615/255-ARTS. Groups of 15 or more can place an order by calling 615/782-4060.
A limited number of special VIP packages are available for $36.75 per person for every performance except the opening Wednesday. The VIP package includes premier seating, a Dora key-chain, an exclusive signed photograph, and a special surprise gift.
Dora the Explorer Live! in Nashville is sponsored by The Tennessean.
Dora the Explorer airs at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. (ET/PT) weekdays on Nick Jr. and weekends on CBS (check local listings). Nick Jr. is a specially designed programming block airing on Nickelodeon weekdays from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. (ET/PT). Two signature Nick Jr. shows, Blue’s Clues and Dora the Explorer, also can be seen weekends on CBS.