Monday, March 11, 2013

Pittsburgh International Children's Festival Schedule

Today's date: March 5, 2013
Contact: Diana Roth, 412-471-8717,

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents the 27th Annual
Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
May 15-19, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA:  The Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, Wednesday, May 15, through Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the University of Pittsburgh theaters and Schenley Plaza. Programming will showcase international and local theater premieres, including a brand new interactive luminarium installation from Architects of Air (UK). Giant Eagle is the lead sponsor of the 2013 Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival. Additional partners include Citiparks, University of Pittsburgh School of Arts & Sciences, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Parks Conservatory.

The Festival will feature performances and artwork by artists from the U.S. and around the globe, including Australia, Russia, Ireland, and the UK. “The 27th annual Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival presents a wide variety of unique performances and is a way for people to see many shows back-to-back or over the span of a few days,” comments Pamela K. Lieberman, Manager of Children’s Theater Programming with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater. “It highlights a combination of art forms that are inspiring, not only for children, but for adults as well.”

Charlotte Blake Alston, featured narrator and story teller of African Pourquoi Tales, provides an interactive experience by tweaking her stories based on the audience’s participation and according to Lieberman, her performances are “engaging and amazing.” In addition, Alston is PennPAT funded, allowing her to make the most of every performance.

Back by popular demand, Aga-Boom (Russia/USA) returns to the festival and will delight audiences with their art of clowning, comedy and theater performance.

This year’s Festival will feature extended hours for the evening shows on Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19. Friday evening performances include Aga-Boom and Dinosaur Zoo at 6 p.m.; Saturday performances include Dinosaur Zoo at 5 p.m., and The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly and African Pourquoi Tales at 6:16 p.m.

In addition to the featured ticketed performances, the Festival will include free hands-on academic, cultural and international activities, as well as performances at the free outdoor Community Stages located in Schenley Plaza and on the front lawn of the Carnegie Library. Free outdoor activities and performances are 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For information and tickets, visit the Box Office at Theater Square,
 or call 412-456-6666. Ticket packages and single tickets are available. Children ages 2 and under are admitted free but require a lap pass for theater performances.  Groups of 10 or more, please call 412-471-6930. Festival hours are Wed-Thurs.: 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Fri., Sat. and Sun.: 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. To ensure everyone is able to engage in the art pieces, all performances are fully handicapped accessible.

The featured performances of the 2013 Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival include:

Dinosaur Zoo (Erth Visual & Physical Inc., Australia) Bellefield Hall Auditorium, single ticket $8; Ages 5 and up, Performances May 15: 9:45 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.; May 16: 9:45 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.; May 17: 9: 45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.; May 18: 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.; May 19: 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo transports you to the Australian outback where a rugged ranger and trusty dino keeper introduce you to a menagerie of Mesozoic monsters from around the world. Operated by supremely skilled puppeteers, every dino responds instantly to the audience for an intimate, authentic encounter. You just might find yourself over 65 million and a half a world away!

Aga-Boom (1 to 1 Entertainment, Russia/USA) Charity Randall Theatre, single tickets: $8; Ages 3 and up, Performances May 17: 11: 30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.; May 18: 9:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.; May 19: 9:30 a.m. & 3:15 p.m. Jump head-first into unbridled silliness with the clown clean-up crew—three former starts ofCirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers and the Moscow Circus. Rooted in the unique style of theatrical clowning, Aga-Boom brings together the best traditions of circus arts, physical comedy and European avant-garde. Get ready for a live-action cartoon, exploding with sophisticated slapstick, outlandish chases and the most chaotic finale ever.

African Pourquoi Tales (Charlotte Blake Alston, USA) Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, single tickets $8; Ages 5-10, Performances May 15: 11:30 a.m.; May 16: 9:45 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.; May 17: 9:45 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.; May 18: 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.; May 19: 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. There are tales that make you say, “Hmmmm, Why?” You may find yourself asking, “What will Turtle do next?” and “What would I do in that situation?”. This tradition followed Africans to America where Brier Rabbit, Brier Fox and company were born. Come listen, laugh, join in, tap your finger on your temple and say “Hmmm?”, then go back to your classroom (or back to your home) and talk!

Exxopolis (Architects of Air, Nottingham, UK) Mazeroski Field, single tickets $8; All ages, Entry every half hour May 15-16: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; May 17-19: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Artist Alan Parkinson is back for the third year in a row in celebration of Architects of Air’s 20th anniversary! Exxopolis takes its inspiration from natural geometry and architecture. The completed structure occupies half of a soccer field and rises to the height of a 3-story house! This giant structure will astonish you with its colorful domes and beautiful stained glass effects. This is a work of art that must be seen to be believed!

Egg and Spoon (Lyngo Theatre, UK) Studio Theatre, single tickets $8; Ages 1-5, Performances May 15: 9:45 a.m., 11: 30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; May 16: 9:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; May 17: 9: 45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.; May 18: 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.; May 19: 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 3:15 p.m. You and your chickadees will be taken from summer to winter to spring in this multisensory, highly interactive celebration of nature. The youngest theater-goers will be delighted with peek-a-boo puddles, fluffy snowflakes, blowing leaves, bursting cherry blossoms, a birdie egg that just might hatch and other splendiferous surprises. You won’t want to miss the magic of zipping through a magical year of seasons in just 40 minutes. Don’t wait to get your tickets for this sell-out performance.

The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly (Theatre Lovett, Ireland) Charity Randall Theatre, single tickets $8; Ages 7 and up, Performances May 15: 9:45 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.; May 16: 9:45 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.; May 17: 9:45 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.; May 18: 12:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.; May 19: 12:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Louis Lovett leads the audience on an adventure that crosses snowy lands and wild seas. All the while, Peggy sings with the voice of an angel—a grossly unfortunate angel, who can’t sing at all. As Peggy desperately tries to save the day, we learn about love, loss, the reassurance of goats, and the courage to sing gloriously on-or off-key.

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.  Pittsburgh International Children's Festival is one of only four international children's festivals in the nation.

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