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Originally published Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 2:57 PM

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3 more Seattle theaters announce new seasons

Seattle Children's Theatre, ArtsWest and Seattle Public Theater announce their 2012-13 seasons.

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Three Seattle theater companies have announced their 2012-13 seasons.

Seattle Children's Theatre will debut several new shows and join Seattle Theatre Group and Seattle Repertory Theatre in offering the February 2013 Broadway tour of "War Horse" at the Paramount Theatre as a subscription attraction. The acclaimed play, about a boy and his horse in World War I, is recommended for patrons age 10 and up.

Also on SCT's play list: "Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat," an adaptation of the classic children's book; "Danny, King of the Basement," David S. Craig's tale of a child coping with divorce and economic hardship; "The Wizard of Oz," the stage musical based on the enduring film and L. Frank Baum book; "The Edge of Peace," a world premiere by Suzan Zeder, about the travails and triumphs of a deaf man in a small town.

Also in the season: "Adventures with Spot," a world premiere about a lively puppy, based on the picture books by Eric Hill and adapted by Linda Hartzell, Rob Burgess and Don Darryl Rivera; "Crash," a world-premiere story about coping with bullying, based on a Jerry Spinelli novel and dramatized by Y York; "Dot & Ziggy," an interactive musical-theater piece created by Hartzell and others, and aimed at children 4 and younger. (206-441-3322 or www.sct.org)

ArtsWest will present the local premieres of three recent Broadway shows of note: "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," the Tony Award-nominated satire, which re-imagines the early U.S. president as a rock star; "Next Fall," a comedy-drama about faith and love in a gay romance between opposites; and "33 Variations," an award-winning, era-spanning Moises Kaufman play linking a modern American female musicologist and Beethoven.

The West Seattle theater will also feature the local debut of the girl-group holiday revue, "The Winter Wonderettes," and the familiar one-woman play about a Liverpool housewife's Greek adventure, "Shirley Valentine." (206-938-0339 or www.artswest.org)

Seattle Public Theater is also introducing plays of note next season. The offerings include "Superior Donuts," a Tracy Letts tale of friendship and "poetic justice" in the gritty streets of Chicago; "The Understudy," a pointed comedy by "Smash" writer-producer Theresa Rebeck, about a movie star and his bitter understudy; "Edith Can Shoot and Hit Things," A. Rey Pamatmat's quirky 2012 Steinberg/ATCA Prize citation winner, focusing on adolescent siblings trying to survive on their own; and Julia Cho's love story about a linguist, "The Language Archive."

SPT will also bring back its long-running holiday shows, "SantaLand Diaries" and "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." (206-524-1300 or www.seattlepublictheater.org).

Misha Berson: mberson@seattletimes.com

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