Nashville Children's Theatre Produces its first Bilingual Production

Thomás and the Library Lady will be performed partially in Spanish and partially in English.

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 final show of its 2018-19 Season of Discovery: TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY. This play for young audiences runs from April 25-May 19, 2019.

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Based on the true story of Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, this play, told in both Spanish and English, follows the son of migrant farm workers as he discovers a surprising world of stories inside his local library with support from a special librarian. This inspirational, theatrical biography proves that reading and respect can make anything possible.

“With this play, we step into the family of Tomás: a family of love, hard work, music, and perseverance,” says director Alicia Lark Fuss. “His was also a family of stories— so it seems fitting that Tomás would find his way to the magic of the library. As Tomás forms a friendship with the Library Lady, we see Tomás’ world grow a little bigger and how friends can become family.”

Tomás and the Library Lady, set in the 1940’s, presents a glimpse of life for migrant farm workers at that time. The play emphasizes the importance of family and education.



After the 2 pm performance of Tomás and the Library Lady on Sunday, May 5 families can enjoy a carnival of games, food, and fun! A $40 All Access Pass provides a ticket to see the play as well as all carnival activities - including a petting zoo, face painting, a dance party, food, and more. To purchase tickets call 615-252-4675 or visit

Tomás and the Library Lady is written by José Cruz González, adapted from the book by Pat Mora.

The cast includes Rona Carter and Matthew Benenson Cruz.

Scenic Design is by Scott Leathers, with Co-Scenic Design by local artist Jorge Yances. Projection and Lighting Design is by Maranda DeBusk and Sound Design by Joshua Stark. Original music composed by Jodi Marr with Willie Breeding as co-composer. Costume Design is by Patricia Taber. Alicia Lark Fuss directs.

Jorge Yances’ participation with NCT is supported by a gift from Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Opening night is Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 pm with general admission tickets.


Weekend performances and Tickets

Performances are at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays from April 25-May 19, 2019. (No performance on Sunday, April 28.) To purchase tickets call 615-252-4675 or visit Group rates are available.

All performances take place at The Martin Center for Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street, Nashville in the SoBro neighborhood. Free parking is available on site.



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

Contact: Steve Bianchi
Nashville Children’s Theatre