Nashville Children's Theatre brings back sell-out show for the very young

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, NCT’s immensely popular Snuggery show returns for a summer run.

Nashville, TN – Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT), the nation’s oldest professional theatre for young audiences and the largest theatre in Middle Tennessee, is excited to announce the return of TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR. This play for ages 0-5 was a runaway hit in the fall of 2018 with sold-out audiences and waiting lists. To purchase tickets call 615-252-4675 or visit

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  • “Everything was so well done. The environment/scenery, the acting, the interactive quality, the way my child was treated. I didn't know how he would do, but loved seeing that look of magic on my son's face.”
  • “Very enjoyable to take small kids somewhere they can relax and be kids!”
  • “I think it took a huge amount of pressure off of me as a single parent to know that if my 2-year-old didn't want to sit still, that he could bounce around/walk around and there were opportunities for him to interact with the actors!”
  • “The performers were so engaging, funny, and able to think on their feet so well. We thoroughly enjoyed this performance.”


NCT will perform Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star at University Theatre on the campus of Lipscomb University. The show runs June 14-August 4, 2019 and is intended for children ages 5 and below. Lipscomb University is located at One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204.



Star light, star bright, first star we see... wait a minute... Little Star isn’t in the nighttime sky! Where can he be? It’s up to two stalwart Starkeepers to search the galaxy and solve this cosmic mystery.

Designed for ages 0-5, the performance is a creative experience involving songs and audience participation for the very young on their own terms.

During the show, children are provided a small collection of props for use at specific times throughout the performance with the help of their adult. At the play’s end, children are declared official Starkeepers!

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is written by Ernie Nolan.

The cast includes Eric D. Pasto-Crosby and Ryan Michael Friedman.

Scenic and Lighting Design is by Scott Leathers, with Costume Design by Patricia Taber and Sound Design by Ernie Nolan who also directs. The production will be Stage Managed by Chad Parsons.



Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star runs from June 14-August 4, 2019. Performances are Tuesday-Friday at 9 am and Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 am and 11:30 am.

Tickets for all performances are now on sale. Tickets are $12 per person for any age child or adult. To purchase tickets call 615-252-4675 or visit Ticket fees apply.

All performances take place on Lipscomb University’s campus at University Theatre. Lipscomb University is located at One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204, and attendees should enter the campus from Granny White Pike. Free parking is available on site.



In August of 2018, NCT premiered its first Snuggery show Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star to popular and critical acclaim. NCT’s professional performance series for children 0-5 and their grown-ups, Snuggery shows are performed for a small audience in an immersive environment that encourages creative participation in very young children.

During NCT’s 2019-20 season, there will be two additional Snuggery shows:

The Itsy Bitsy Spider: August 10-September 22, 2019 (A world premiere!)

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic: March 7-April 19, 2020

The Theatre for the Very Young (TVY) work created at NCT puts the theatre in an international conversation with artists around the globe. Recently, Executive Artistic Director Ernie Nolan, who sits on the Executive Committee of ASSITEJ, was invited to represent the United States and speak to attendees about American TVY practices at the International Festival of Theatre and Culture for Early Years in Bologna, Italy.



Founded in 1931 by the Junior League of Nashville, Nashville Children’s Theatre is the oldest professional children’s theatre in the United States. A national leader in theatre arts and education programs for young people, NCT was ranked by TIME Magazine as one of the top five children’s theatre’s in the country.

Lead funding for NCT’s programs is provided by Metro Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, The Shubert Foundation, The Memorial Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. For more information visit