Based on the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

Lyrics by Timothy Allen McDonald, Jonathan K. Waller

Music by David Weinstein, Jonathan K. Waller, Timothy Allen McDonald and Stephen Gabriel

Produced by Dallas Children’s Theater

From Dallas, Texas

About the Company

Stanley Lambchop is a normal 10-year-old-boy, just like everyone else. That's the problem. For Stanley, life is TOO normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one's ever seen before... Careful what you wish for, Stanley!


One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley's bed comes loose and falls - right on top of Stanley! The next morning, Stanley wakes up flat. Not just a little flat...really, REALLY flat!


His wish for adventure is granted because now “Flat Stanley” can mail himself all around the world. In a whirlwind travelogue, Stanley - the ultimate exchange student - explores the globe, visiting Hollywood, California; Paris, France; and Honolulu, Hawaii. He helps thwart a sneak thief at the Louvre, stars in surfing movie,  and more! 


This heart-warming musical is based off the classic book by Jeff Brown. And ultimately, Stanley learns that you can “find a little adventure in everything you do” and, really, there is no place like home.

Best for: Grades K-5th (Ages 5-10 years)

Audience Size: Medium & Large Venues




Company Background

Past Tours: Miss Nelson Has a Field Day; Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a FlyHow I Became a PirateMufaro’s Beautiful Daughters;The BFG (Big Friendly Giant); The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (14-15 National tour); The True Story of the Three Little Pigs; A Midnight Cry ~ The Underground Railroad to Freedom ; And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World Of Anne Frank

Now in its 36th season, Dallas Children’s Theater is the largest professional family theater in the Southwest, and has been named one of the top five theaters for youth and families in the United States by AMERICAN THEATER and TIME magazines. Designated as an American Masterpieces Touring Artist by the NEA, the theater’s acclaimed touring company travels coast to coast with professional large-scale productions designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind and promote education. Each touring production is selected and designed with a youth and family audience in mind from titles and materials that reflect the cultural diversity of our world community. They encompass a combination of new plays, familiar stories, literary works, biographies, mythology, folk tales, music, dance, and puppetry. With such a vast and impressionable audience to serve, DCT's productions usually target a different age range every other touring season. Study guides accompany each production and a variety of curriculum based workshops and residencies are also made available to teachers and students.

Dallas Children's Theater began a local touring program in 1985 with a Native American piece entitled Legend of the Bluebonnet. In 1989, the touring roster expanded to statewide and regional venues. In 1996, DCT launched its first national tour. September 2006 marked DCT's introduction to the world stage, as the theater was honored with an invitation to perform at the 2006 Shanghai International Children's Culture and Arts Expo in Shanghai, China.

DCT believes that theater provides a unique learning opportunity, which allows children exposure to ideas and imagery that reflect their own experiences and challenge their own understanding of the world in which they live. To this end, Dallas Children's Theater aims to engage and inspire children, to produce theater that reaches beyond the stage.


For more information, please visit the company’s website.


Artistic Team

Based on the book FLAT STANLEY by Jeff Brown

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

Lyrics by Timothy Allen McDonald, Jonathan K. Waller

Music by David Weinstein, Jonathan K. Waller, Timothy Allen McDonald and Stephen Gabriel

DCT Executive Artistic Director: Robyn Flatt

DCT On Tour Producer: Sally Fiorello

Touring Company will consists of 5 performers and 2 technicians.

Critical Acclaim

 “Shooting stars, wands and wonder make DCT’s ‘Flat Stanley’ flat-out fun.… this Southwest professional premiere succeeds in style as director and choreographer Michael Serrecchia, alum of Broadway’s original, Pulitzer Prize-winning A Chorus Line, works with his deft design team to guide it [Flat Stanley] from one magical moment to another.” 

—Nancy Churnin, The Dallas Morning News

“for solid family entertainment, especially for younger children, you could say it's letter perfect.”

—Theater Jones

“Count on Dallas Children's Theater to do more than just mail it in … a first class version of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley”

—Dallas Observer

"The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley is another wonderful production from Dallas Children's Theater and would make a great … treat for the younger children in your household. “

—Jeremy William Osborne, The Column

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Curriculum Connections

  • Language Arts:
    English – reading, writing, vocabulary, character, narrative
    French - vocabulary

  • World Geography/Environment

  • Mathematics: Geometry,Dimension, 2D vs. 3D

  • Fine Arts: the Mona Lisa

  • Performing Arts: theater, music, production design, and how they are used to adapt a play from a book

  • Social & Emotional Development: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Relationships


Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Load in: Five (5) hours (with prehang)

  • Minimum performance area of 35' wide by 25' deep by 16' high, a minimum of 12' unobstructed wing space on both sides of the stage

  • Crew Needs: A theatrically knowledgeable crew of at least four (4)+, with a designated supervisor present at all times (including load-in, scenery and sound setup, light focus, performances, strike and load-out.) After load-in is complete, the local running crew should include at least two (2) deck hands and two (2) wardrobe personnel.

  • FOH position for projector at least 25’ from proscenium (If house projector is provided, image produced must fill proscenium opening.)

  • Sound Needs: A house sound system in good working order that can accommodate all of the Company’s audio components (the Company travels with the following: seven (7) body mics & laptop computer for playback). A headset/intercom system is needed with at least four (4) stations.

  • Load Out Time:  1-2 hours.


Outreach and Workshops

Creative Dramatic Workshop

Using themes and situations from the play, two DCT artist/teachers will guide students through lively theater games and exercises designed to ignite the imagination and open new avenues of self expression.

  • Duration: 1 hour

  • Limited to: 30 participants

  • For: 1st thru 3rd grades & 4th thru 5th grades.


(Post performance) Using this production as a backdrop, DCT company members will lead a discussion and take questions regarding certain aspects of a theatrical performance including how plays are adapted from books and taken from the page to the stage.

  • Duration: 1 hr.

  • Limited to: Size of house

  • For: All Grades

Sensory Friendly Performances

This production is available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.

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The Musical Adventures of Flat Stane