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Based on the romantic melodrama by Eleanor Porter
Adapted and directed by Zack Allen

TN Arts Council

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present a live stage adaptation of the beloved novel Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter. The play will be performed May 2 through 18, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; Sundays at 3 PM.

Pollyanna became one of the most popular books for children upon its publication in 1913 and has spawned over a dozen sequels. The book has been filmed several times, and the story’s popularity grew so great that the word “Pollyanna” has made its way into dictionaries, defined as “an eternal optimist.”

About Pollyanna
Something is wrong in Beldingsville, Vermont. Neighbors are arguing, lovers are quarreling, and the rest of the town’s residents are just plain cantankerous! But when happy little Pollyanna Whittier moves to town to live with her crabby spinster aunt, the town’s secrets are about to be uncovered. And life in Beldingsville will never be the same again!

Friday, May 2 at 7 PM; Saturday, May 3 at 1 PM & 5 PM; Sunday, May 4 at 3 PM
Thursday, May 8 at 7 PM; Friday, May 9 at 7 PM; Saturday, May 10 at 1 PM & 5 PM; Sunday, May 11 at 3 PM
Thursday, May 15 at 7 PM; Friday, May 16 at 7 PM; Saturday, May 17 at 1 PM & 5 PM; Sunday, May 18 at 3 PM

Ticket Info for Pollyanna & Directions
Reservations are strongly recommended for all KCT performances. Reservations can be placed on “will-call” and paid for upon arrival.

To reserve tickets for the production, visit our ticket page or e-mail the number of adult and child tickets needed, along with your requested performance date and time, to [email protected] at any time. You may call us at (865) 208-3677.

TICKETS are $12 per person. KCT is continuing our special Adult & Child Combination rate for this production: If an adult and a child enter together, these two may be admitted for $10 EACH.

The play is being performed at KCT’s theatre facility in downtown Knoxville, located less than one mile north of our Tyson Street location. The address is 109 E. Churchwell Avenue.

From anywhere in Knoxville: Use I-275. Take Exit 1B to Woodland Avenue East. Travel .2 miles east to Central Avenue. Turn left onto Central. The theatre is three blocks up Central at the corner of Central and Churchwell Avenues, directly across from Star Sales.

About the artists of Pollyanna
The play is performed by 13 talented young actors, from ages 9 to 15. Jada Kaufman plays the title role of Pollyanna. Jada was last seen in Sarah, Plain And Tall and Sleeping Beauty at KCT. Natalia Adams plays Pollyanna’s aunt Polly, and Kayla June Nobbe plays Polly’s maid Nancy.

Six actors are making their KCT debuts: Draven Copeland, Presley Ford, Audrey Jones, Emma Lorenz, Christopher Dean Sagliano, and Taylor Williams.

The rest of the cast includes KCT veteran performers Brock Mullins, Isabelle Hannah, Kena Holmes, and Averi Richardson.

The play is adapted and directed by Zack Allen. Liel Kirk is the Production Manager. Kiernan Bensey and Brooke Cunningham will provide the scenic design, and Rose Bolton will design and build the costumes. The play’s stage manager is Marianne Dodson.