Nashville Children's Theatre presents Einstein is a Dummy

Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Photo by Dan Brewer Patrick Waller as Albert Einstein in NCT's production of Einstein is a Dummy.

Nashville Children's Theatre (NCT) will present Einstein is a Dummy, an original script, with book and lyrics by Karen Zacarias and music by Debbie Wicks La Puma, highlighting the adventures and imagination of a young Albert Einstein, beginning Jan. 30 through Feb. 18.

Although Einstein is viewed as a genius today, this musical gives viewers a glimpse into a fictional day in the life of a 12-year-old Einstein who is often seen as a dreamer and not a thinker. Young Einstein will have trouble with the assigned song for the violin recital, converse with his talking cat and stumble over words as he tries to speak to his secret crush, Elsa. Einstein, portrayed as an unfocused daydreamer, is bored under the tutelage of Herr Schloppnoppdinkerdonn, his violin instructor, and instead wonders about the radical scientific discoveries for which he will later become famous.

NCT's production is the Tennessee premiere of the musical. The cast includes Patrick Waller, Jenny Littleton, Sam Whited, Lisa Nicole Kimmey and Shawn Knight. Scot Copeland, NCT producing director, will direct the production. The set and lighting design is by Scott Leathers, costume design by Patricia Taber, choreography by D. Richard Browder and sound design by Daniel Brewer.

Weekend performances are scheduled at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18. School performances run most Monday through Fridays at 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. All performances are open to the public. Individual ticket prices are $9.50 per child (ages 2 to 17), $13 per adult and free for children under 2 years old. Season passes and group discounts are also available. Sign-interpreted performances are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3, at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m.

NCT will offer two for one tickets of equal value for its performances on Saturday, Feb. 3, and Sunday, Feb. 4. The weekend is part of Target Family Time Series, which includes a free family reception and hands-on arts activities at 1:30 p.m.

NCT is located at 724 Second Avenue South, directly behind the old Howard School, between Lindsley Avenue and Middleton Street. For more information about tickets or how to become a season subscriber, please visit or call (615) 254-9103.

Nashville Children's Theatre is an ensemble of professional artists who bring unique vision and compelling voice to the creation of meaningful theater for Nashville and Middle Tennessee audiences. We strive to make the imaginative celebration of our hopes, struggles and joys a vital part of the shared experience for young people, families and our community. NCT was founded in 1931 by the Junior League of Nashville and is recognized as the oldest children's theater in the country. A national leader in professional theater arts and education programs for young people, NCT was ranked by TIME magazine as one of the top five children's theaters in the country.