Monday, November 7, 2011

Skippyjon Jones Premieres in Pittsburgh


Today's date: November 5, 2011

Skippyjon Jones, performed by Theatreworks USA, and presented by Pittsburgh International Children's Theater

November 13 - 20, 2011, six performance locations -Pittsburgh surrounding area

Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Theatreworks USA in the Pittsburgh premiere of Skippyjon Jones, November 13 - 20, 2011, at six performance locations throughout the area. Performance locations include: City: Byham Theater, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. & Student Matinee: November 14 at 10:15 a.m.; East: Gateway High School, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.; North: Marshall Middle School, November 17 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; West: Moon Area High School, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.; South: Upper St. Claire High School, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; and Butler: Seneca Valley Senior High School, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, and Erie Insurance is the lead performance sponsor.

Based upon the best-selling children’s picture book by Judith Byron Schachner, Theatreworks USA’s Skippyjon Jones is a new musical about a Siamese kitten that just refuses to be an ordinary cat. This stage adaption features a libretto and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila and a score by Eli Bolin. The show is directed by Peter Flynn and choreographed by Devanand Janki, with costumes by Tracy Christensen, and sets by Rob Odorisio. The musical staged adaption will feature characters from the book: Skippyjon Jones, Junebug (Skippyjon Jones’ mother), El Skippito Bandito (the greatest Chihuahua sword fighter in Mexico), Great Bumblebeeto (a giant bee who has stolen all of their beans), and Chihuahua friends Los Chimichangos. This 60 minute play is recommended for ages 3-10.

Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 68 million people in 49 states and Canada. The company tours approximately 16 shows from its ever-growing repertoire of 110 plays and musicals, performing for about four million people annually. Under the direction of Barbara Pasternack (Artistic Director) and Ken Arthur (Managing Director), Theatreworks USA is the only children's theatre to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award, and they are known for an extensive multi-cultural guest artist roster, including storytellers, puppeteers, poets, and magicians.

Pennsylvania-native Judith Byron Schachner has been illustrating and writing children's books since 1992. Her stories have held a place among the The Center for Children’s Books Best Books of 1999, The Mockingbird Award Books, Young Hoosier Book Award K-3, and Washington Children's Choice Picture Book. In 2004, Schachner won the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Skippyjon Jones, as well as the New Hampshire State Library’s 2005 Ladybug Picture Book Award, the 2005 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, and the 2006 Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA) Colorado Children’s Book Award for a Picture Book. She currently lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with her family, a dog, and two Siamese cats.

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; and for season subscriptions call (412) 456-1390.

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