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Upgrades At Nation's Oldest Professional Theater For Kids

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Children's Theatre is the country's oldest professional children's theatre company.

Recently, the theater got a facelift.

"This is our first trip and this is magnificent. We though it was good before, but it's so much better now," said a recent visitor.

Visitors are raving about the new look.

It was originally developed in 1931.

According to producing director Scot Copeland, it is not only the nation's oldest, but the most impressive professional children's theater.

"We have probably the finest professional theater the finest professional theater for young audience facility that has been designed in the country," he said. "And the reason I feel that way is because it's been designed for those two purposes. It's been designed form the proscenium out for the audience and from the proscenium back for actors."

The first production in the updated theater is "Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business," which ends Feb. 1.

There is a bigger stage, wider spacing between the seats and revamped parking lot.

"I like the layout and the stage area is nice and I think the kids are going to enjoy it," said a visitor. "The parents will, too."

"We wanted to upgrade it. We wanted to make it far more comfortable for an audience, far more accessible," Copeland said. "We wanted to improve sight lines. We also want it to also be essentially the same place people had to come to when they were children."

For the actors, it's an amazing thing," Copeland said.

The next production at the Nashville Children's Theatre will be "Most Valuable Player" about African-American baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson. It runs Feb. 12-26.

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