Friday, January 28, 2011

Theatreworks USA' Award Winning Junie B Jones


Media Contact:

Diana Roth
(412) 471-8717

Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater


Theatreworks USA


Junie B. Jones

The Lucelle Lortel Award winning show for best

musical and choreography is back by popular demand!

February 13-20, 2011

Six performance locations throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents award-winning Theatreworks USA in June B. Jones, from February 13-20, 2011, at six performance locations throughout the Pittsburgh area. Performance locations include: City: Byham Theater, February 13, at 2:00 p.m & Student Matinee: February 14, at 10:15 a.m.; East: Gateway High School, February 16, at 7:00 p.m.; North: Pine-Richland Middle School, February 17, at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; West: Hopewell High School, February 18, at 7:00 p.m.; South: Mt. Lebanon High School, February 19, at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; and Butler: Seneca Valley Senior High School, February 20, at 2:00 p.m. Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater.

Theatreworks USA’s performances of Junie B. Jones return to the Pittsburgh area by popular demand. The musical is based on several books from the award winning series written by Barbara Park and illustrated by Denise Brunkus about Junie B’s first grade experiences. The production will feature four mini-musicals: Top-Secret Personal Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B (and Me!), which features diary entries by Junie, which are designed to give children ideas for their own writings; followed by Junie B, First Grader (at last!); Junie B, Boss of Lunch; and Junie B, One-Man Band. The show closes with the entire company asking the audience to keep journals and to write down the story of their lives.

Theatreworks USA’s Junie B. Jones production is based on the best-selling books by Barbara Park, and adapted for the stage by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich. The production is directed by Peter Flynn, choreography by Devanand Janki, scenic design by Luke Hegel-Cantarella, and costumes by Lora LaVon. This 60-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 5 and up. The show was nominated in 2006 for the Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Choreography.

“Brilliant, bouncy, and beautiful (The Journal News).”

“A splendid hour of music, laughter, life lessons and the art of putting on a show (New York One).”

Theatreworks USA is America's largest professional non-profit theatre for young audiences and families. Since 1961, they have enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 78 million people in 49 states and Canada. Under the direction of Artistic Director Barbara Pasternack and Managing Director Ken Arthur, Theatreworks USA is the recipient of a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award. Additionally, the company was awarded the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award in 2001. Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of not only providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors, and designers an early opportunity to work in this field. A list of the company’s alumni reads like a veritable "who's who" of theatre.

Individual tickets ($11 at the door, $9.50 in advance) can be ordered online at, by calling (412) 456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Group tickets can be ordered by calling (412) 471-6930.

Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opens the door for children to experience professional performing arts programming for children which inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way. Each year Pittsburgh International Children's Theater presents a Family Series and the Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, which is one of only four international children's theater festivals in the nation.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh’s 14-block Cultural District through public and private support. The Trust presents and encourages diverse performing and visual arts programs within the District, and is an impetus for additional development in downtown Pittsburgh. In addition to the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater and Children’s Festival, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series Pittsburgh Dance Council, Trust Presents, CD Live, JazzLive, First Night Pittsburgh, Gallery Crawl, and Three Rivers Arts Festival, among other Cultural District and arts events. The Trust owns Theater Square and the Cabaret at Theater Square; James E. Rohr Building & Arts Education Center; the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts; Byham, O’Reilly, and Harris Theaters; visual arts galleries: Wood Street Galleries; SPACE, at 812 Liberty Avenue and 937 Liberty, a multipurpose performance and exhibit space, among other downtown arts facilities.

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