World premier Snuggery Show - The Itsy Bitsy Spider - Created by Nashville Children's Theatre

The Itsy Bitsy Spider is an interactive play teaching patience and perseverance to ages 0 to 5.

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 ITSY BITSY SPIDER. This play for ages 0-5 runs August 10-September 22, 2019. To purchase tickets call 615-252-4675 or visit

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In this World Premiere production, the characters of Marigold and Periwinkle lead the audience through an adventurous day of gardening in Grandfather’s garden. They plant flowers, deal with rain, and meet a determined eight-legged hero. A favorite childhood song comes to life in this interactive, immersive theatrical experience!

“Grandfather’s garden provides many examples of the rewards of patience,” say director and playwright Ernie Nolan. “Marigold experiences first hand (in a theatrically magical kind of way) that plants and flowers take time to grow - they can’t be rushed. With water, soil, and sunlight, flowers blossom when their time is right, just like many things in life.”

Designed for ages 0-5, the performance is a creative experience involving songs and audience participation. During the show, children are provided with a small collection of props for use at specific times through-out the performance with the help of their adult. At the play’s end, each child receives a packet of seeds to take home!

The Itsy Bitsy Spider is written by Ernie Nolan.

The cast includes Catherine Birdsong and Tamiko Robinson Steele.

Scenic and Lighting Design is by Scott Leathers, with Costume Design by Alarie Hammock and Sound Design by Ernie Nolan who also directs. The production will be Stage Managed by Daniel C. Brewer.



The Itsy Bitsy Spider runs from August 10-September 22, 2019. Performances are Tuesday-Friday at 9 am and Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 am and 11:30 am. All performances are at Nashville Children’s Theatre.

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.



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 Snuggery shows:

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

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

In August of 2018, NCT premiered its first Snuggery show Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star to popular and critical acclaim.

The Theatre for the Very Young 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