Dragons Love Tacos, A Technicolor Adventure for the Whole Family

Nashville Children’s Theatre’s final show of the season, Dragons Love Tacos, premiered last night to a delighted audience. My 8 year old daughter danced in her seat through much of the show, and there were several times the audience clapped along to the music. The energy was infectious led by James Rudolph, in a sequined purple suit you have to see to believe. And the dragons, performed by dancers from the Nashville Ballet, brought the show to life in Technicolor!

About Dragons Love Tacos

The Story

Have you ever been frustrated with a project, a homework assignment, or any other challenge? That is what happens to the boy in Dragons Love Tacos; so his mother suggests that he take a break. That is when the magic happens and he learns the secrets of dragons, along with the lesson that if you persevere, it may be frustrating, but eventually you will succeed!

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want a bunch of dragons at your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. But save the spicy salsa. When dragons eat spicy salsa… oh boy. You’ll discover the results can be explosive.

The Production

Dragons Love Tacos was adapted by NCT’s Ernie Nolan and based on the book by Adam Rubin and illustrations by Daniel Salmieri.

“The book Dragons Love Tacos is delightfully playful, loved by both children and parent,” says Ernie Nolan, NCT Executive Artistic Director. “When reading the book it’s impossible not to imagine the riotous fun of a party full of dragons. The more you imagine that party and its lively nature, the more you realize it’s a party everyone should enjoy, and NCT’s stage is the perfect place to host this a party. We could not have found a better collaboration partner for this project than Nashville Ballet. Of course their stunningly skilled and beautifully dynamic dancers would perfectly represent our spirited dragons. Paul Vasterling was enthusiastic and supportive from the start, plus it’s incredibly flattering that he created choreography specifically for Dragons Love Tacos. I cannot wait for audiences to join our party!”

Dragons Love Tacos is the first collaboration between NCT and Nashville Ballet. “When the opportunity arose to work with Ernie Nolan on Dragons Love Tacos, I first thought of how perfectly such a project aligns with Nashville Ballet’s mission,” says Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director and CEO of Nashville Ballet. “We’re deeply dedicated to promoting dance as an essential element of our community and collaborating with other artists and arts organizations is one of the best, most effective ways in which we can cultivate a deep and meaningful place for dance in the hearts of those around us. Dragons Love Tacos is a lighthearted, fun way to reach our youngest audiences; it’s also a very smart and witty story and Ernie’s adaptation for the stage is marvelous. I’ve had so much fun working on it!”

Grand Day Carnival: Sunday, April 22, 2018

As a celebration of the generations of families who have supported NCT, the theatre will host Grand Day on Sunday, April 22. Grand Day begins with at 2:00pm performance of Dragons Love Tacos and is followed by a carnival of games, rides, food, and fun for the whole family! All-Access Passes include the performance, all carnival activities, and carnival refreshments. An All-Access Pass is $40 per person.


Family Fun Facts

Dragons Love Tacos at The Nashville Children’s Theatre (Map)


Saturday, April 14 – 2 PM

Saturday, April 21 – 2 PM (Grandparents Day and After-Words)

Sunday, April 22 – 2 PM (GRAND DAY!)

Wednesday, April 25 – Homeschool Day

Saturday, April 28 – 2 PM

Sunday, April 29 – 2 PM

Saturday, May 5 – 2 PM (Sensory Friendly Performance)

Sunday, May 6 – 2 PM (ASL Sign-Interpreted Performance)

Saturday, May 12 – 2 PM

Sunday, May 13 – 2 PM

Cost: $20/Adults, $15/Children. Buy tickets online HERE or call the box office at (615) 252-4675.


(Featured Image Photo by Michael Scott Evans of Aleksandr Schroeder)

Learn more about the upcoming 2018-19 season at Nashville Children’s Theatre. Season tickets are available now!

Lauren is a transplant from Texas and has become a local tourist exploring the area with her two children. She loves to discover new places in Nashville to share with others.

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