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BCT on Tour


BCT on tour


BCT on Tour - is the outreach division of Birmingham Children’s Theatre, one of the nation’s oldest and largest professional theatres for young audiences. Each year, BCT on Tour brings the magic of theatre to thousands of children and families across Alabama and the Southeast. 

BCT on Tour reaches upwards of 50,000 students each year in approximately 100 cities across the Southeast.  BCT travels anywhere there is an audience seeking the best in theatre for young audiences, from the largest performing arts center to the smallest school.  Each production is of the highest quality, with casts of professional adult actors, study guides for the students and teachers, stunning sets, music, and costumes. 

Call (205) 458-8181 or e-mail tours@bct123.org and bring BCT on Tour to your town today!


October 7th - November 22nd 2019   Country Mouse invites her friend, City Mouse, to visit but plans change when City Mouse expounds on the adventures and luxuries of city living. Will Country Mouse be tempted by the excitement of the broader world? Or will the comforts of a small town prevail? Aesop’s traditional story of two mice from two different worlds comes to stage in this much beloved classic.

October 7th - November 22nd 2019

Country Mouse invites her friend, City Mouse, to visit but plans change when City Mouse expounds on the adventures and luxuries of city living. Will Country Mouse be tempted by the excitement of the broader world? Or will the comforts of a small town prevail? Aesop’s traditional story of two mice from two different worlds comes to stage in this much beloved classic.

March 2nd - April 9th 2020   Stolen from her parents and locked away in a tower, Rapunzel longingly watches the world pass by hour after hour. One day she befriends a rabbit so clever; he vows to find help to free her forever. Their hopes of a rescue may be closer than it seems, as a brave prince seeks out the tower to find the girl of his dreams. Join us for this light-hearted tale of bravery and adventure!

March 2nd - April 9th 2020

Stolen from her parents and locked away in a tower, Rapunzel longingly watches the world pass by hour after hour. One day she befriends a rabbit so clever; he vows to find help to free her forever. Their hopes of a rescue may be closer than it seems, as a brave prince seeks out the tower to find the girl of his dreams. Join us for this light-hearted tale of bravery and adventure!

September 24th - November 22nd 2019    Virginia Durr   Bring history to life with this newest offering from BCT! Stepping out of the pages of the past, one performer embodies a famous Alabamian to guide us through the events and experiences of their time. An interactive learning experience for audiences of all ages!

September 24th - November 22nd 2019

Virginia Durr

Bring history to life with this newest offering from BCT! Stepping out of the pages of the past, one performer embodies a famous Alabamian to guide us through the events and experiences of their time. An interactive learning experience for audiences of all ages!

January 11th - February 26th 2020   Two women, one troubadour and a trunk full of surprises! Runaways Huckleberry Finn and Jim team-up for adventure on the mighty Mississippi! Along the way, they learn lessons of integrity, dignity, and friendship. At turns dramatic then hilarious, three performers play a dozen characters in this timeless tale, uniquely adapted from Mark Twain’s classic American novel.

January 11th - February 26th 2020

Two women, one troubadour and a trunk full of surprises! Runaways Huckleberry Finn and Jim team-up for adventure on the mighty Mississippi! Along the way, they learn lessons of integrity, dignity, and friendship. At turns dramatic then hilarious, three performers play a dozen characters in this timeless tale, uniquely adapted from Mark Twain’s classic American novel.

Tour FAQs

How much does it cost to bring Birmingham Children’s Theatre to my community?

The cost of each performance is dependent upon the region of the country as well as which series the show belongs to, Wee Folks or MainStage.  For specifics on fees in your area, please contact BCT directly at (205) 458-8181 or email tours@bct123.org

What does the Birmingham Children’s Theatre provide for this fee?

Study Guide:  All BCT study guides are tailored for each pre-K through 8th grade classroom and are carefully designed to include both National Arts Standards and State Curriculum Standards outlined by the Alabama Course of Study.  These study guides can be downloaded directly from the website or emailed to you for your convenience.

Public Performances: These performances feature professional actors, stunning sets, striking costumes, music, and choreography.  The number of performances is up to you, but the fee will be based on the number of performances agreed upon by BCT and the presenter.  

How far do you travel with your productions?

We primarily tour the Southeast.  If we have a request to travel to venues located further away, we try to schedule other performances en route to these venues.  For financial reasons, we cannot always make these requests happen.  Our tour radius is primarily 60-350 miles.  If you are located outside this radius and would like BCT's Theatre in Motion to come to your town, it is best to work with other venues to make a tour to your town possible! 

How long are the shows?

Each show is approximately 45-75 minutes in length – there is no intermission. 

Who will be visiting our community?

A team of professional actors and a BCT representative.  All BCT actors are professionals with training in theatre, musical theatre, or a combination of both. 

Are the performers available for a Q&A and/or pictures after the performance?

Yes!  This will need to be scheduled with Birmingham Children's Theatre in advance. 

Where should the performances take place?

The performance space can be a stage, auditorium, cafeteria, gym floor, library, large classroom, etc.  Anywhere that can accommodate the production and your audience.

BCT provides a technical rider for each performance, as the requirements are very show-specific.  Our touring performances are designed to be performed anywhere from a library to a larger theatre.  

If there are any concerns about your performance space, please contact BCT.

What needs will the actors/crew have?

Once they have access to the facility, the actors/crew are fairly self-sufficient.  All we ask of you is to simply remain available.  If this is not possible, designate one contact person who will be available for questions about technical aspects of the venue. 

Will I need to provide any additional help for load-in/out and/or lighting or sound?

We have found that load-in/out goes much smoother and faster for everyone if the actors/crew do this themselves; they are trained to do this a very specific way.  If you would like to provide additional help to unload from the vehicle to the venue, you are welcome to, but it is not required. 

BCT Theatre in Motion provides our own sound equipment.  If you would like for us to use your sound system, let the group know when they first arrive at load-in. 

Lighting is up to you.  All we ask is for the actors to be seen. 

When should the performances take place?

The suggested performance times are in the mid-late morning or early afternoon.  However, the schedule can be adapted to fit the needs of each community.

Do you perform shows on the weekends?

Yes.  We typically set performances Monday-Friday during the day; but, depending on actor availability, we are not limited to those times.   

How do we book for next year?

We begin the booking process as soon as the season is announced.  Requests are filled on a first come, first serve basis.  We appreciate flexibility in schedules and prompt responses for requests. Email tours@bct123.org.

How will my child/students benefit from this experience?

Birmingham Children’s Theatre exists to educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of children through the magic of professional theatre.

Many of our performances are designed to be a first theatre experience for young audiences and incorporate lessons and morals that can be applied into their everyday lives.  Other shows focus on required reading for several grades as well as historical figures and events.  This experience makes learning fun while serving as a strong ambassador for the arts.