From Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic:
Seattle Children’s Theatre has a new managing director: Mary Ann Ehlshlager, a veteran theater administrator who has headed the company’s operations since June.
Originally from Roanoke, Va., Ehlshlager previously managed the Delaware Theatre Company, a professional playhouse in Wilmington, and has also held managerial posts at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and Off Broadway’s Pearl Theatre Company.
Seattle’s pre-eminent theater for young audiences, SCT also announced that its 2011-12 season was its financially most successful in several years, with higher-than-projected income from ticket subscriptions, school group attendance and donations.
SCT spokeswoman Jennifer Watkins said a big part of the draw last season was a roster of shows with “familiar titles,” based on popular books and characters. “‘Robin Hood’ did really well, and extended, and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ sold out months in advance,” she reports.
That trend may continue with an adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book “The Cat in the Hat,” which opens SCT’s 2012-13 season on Sept. 27. Details here.