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Northwest Children's Theater presents 'Tenali,' a story of the royal minister and irrepressible trickster.

COURTESY PHOTO - See Northwest Childrens Theaters production of Tenali April 20 through May 12.

The creative team behind Northwest Children's Theater's award-winning "Chitra: The Girl Prince" and "The Jungle Book" brings audiences the story of Tenali, royal minister and irrepressible trickster. When the king's beloved peacock crown mysteriously disappears, it's up to Tenali to uncover the culprit and restore order to the kingdom, all while staying one step ahead of his enemies in the king's court.

NWCT has partnered with director/choreographer Anita Menon on this hilarious whodunit filled with charm, wit and breathtaking dance sequences.

A poet and counselor in the court of King Krishnadevaraya, Tenali Ramakrishna has been the subject of many different stories, poems, films and TV shows over the years. In this NWCT original, Tenali (Ajai Tripathi) finds himself swept up in palace intrigue when Krishnadevaraya's (Samson Syharath) prized crown mysteriously disappears. With everyone in court a suspect, Tenali must match wits with rival ministers, courtiers and palace guards and find the crown before it's too late. With a hilarious original script from playwright Avantika Shankar, dazzling choreography by Anita Menon, and live onstage Carnatic music, this play is the perfect introduction to a beloved character.

"Tenali" marks the third collaboration between NWCT's Artistic Director Sarah Jane Hardy and Anita Menon, who also co-directed 2018's "Chitra: The Girl Prince" and 2015's "The Jungle Book." Those shows met with enthusiastic audiences and sold-out performances. They also garnered several awards, including the "Best Costume Design" Drammy for Suvarna Menon and Mary Eggers, both of whom have returned to create the epic costume design of "Tenali."

"Tenali" runs April 20 through May 12, with noon and 4 p.m. performances on Saturday and Sunday. A sensory-friendly show will be presented at 4 p.m. April 28. An ASL interpretted show will be held at noon May 4 and an audio described show will be presented at 4 p.m. May 4. All performances are at 1819 NW Everett St., suite 216 in Portland, OR 97209-2189.

For tickets and more information visit nwcts.org or call 503-222-2190.

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