Press Release - First Flight


PRESS RELEASE: Amelia Earhart's First Flight
Presented by The Starlings: NWCT's All-Puppet, All-Bird Acting Troupe

Friday, September 1, 2017

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NW Children’s Theater’s 25th Anniversary Season takes flight with the return of award-winning bird-puppet troupe “The Starlings” in Amelia Earhart’s First Flight. This imaginative and immersive exploration of the history of women in flight and aerospace, is part play, part puppet show, and part live-action book report.

The Starlings Present: Amelia Earhart’s First Flight is the second appearance by The Starlings on the NWCT stage, building on the success and acclaim of their first show, The Tail of Sleeping Beauty, which took home Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards for Best Original Musical and Best Original Song along with a special Drammy award for puppet design.

Amelia Earhart’s First Flight takes an aggressively non-narrative approach to its subject matter, and invites the audience to participate directly in the show’s creation. Centered around the character and inspiration of Earhart, The Starlings will lead the audience through game shows, slam poetry, arts, crafts, and even some live tweeting (pun intended). The show was
created in collaboration with its cast; each of The Starlings contributed text, jokes, choreography, and research. Award-winning musical duo
“The Bylines” returned as well with a host of new songs.

Amelia Earhart’s First Flight is the first of four shows in NWCT’s 25th Anniversary Season. All of the scripts in the season are NWCT’s originals or original adaptations, including two new works (First Flight and Chitra: The Girl Prince) and two family favorites (Cinderella and Peter Pan). This season celebrates NWCT’s past, while building a foundation for the future of new play development. Using only home-grown talent, NWCT’s 25th Anniversary is a celebration of the amazing performers, designers, and artists that Portland has to offer.

All four productions in the 25th Season will include NWCT’s new Sensory Friendly Performances. Featuring shorter run-times, no intermission, reduced or removed lighting and sound cues, and the constant presence of house lights, these performances are specially designed for children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities. NWCT’s 2017-18 Season
offers four Sensory Friendly Performances free of charge. Sign-interpreted and Audio-described performances will be offered for all productions as well.

The Starlings Present: Amelia Earhart’s First Flight is produced in part through the support of the Collins Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council and Work for Art, Kafoury & McDougal, the Oregon Arts Commission, and NWCT Donor Circle Members. More than 3,000 school children will stretch their wings during eight student matinee performances. 

WHERE: NW Neighborhood Cultural Center • 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland • Participants pick up their event programs and start tour here.


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WHEN: September 23 - October 15, 2017

SHOW TIMES: 11am & 2pm 

WHERE: NW Neighborhood Cultural Center • 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland • Participants pick up their event programs and start tour here.

TICKETS or INFO: 503-222-2190 or online at


Release Date: September 1, 2017

End Date: October 15, 2017

Media Contact: To set up interviews or discuss other possibilities for feature stories, please contact: Marri-Beth Serritella, Sucha Production at 503-528-1370 or



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