Today's date: June 11, 2013
Shaunda Miles – Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578 / miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth – Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717 / roth@TrustArts.org
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Search: 2013-2014 Children's Theater
East: New Location: Penn Hills High School
PITTSBURGH, PA: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Family Series. Now in its 44th season, the Family Series will present award-winning, professional theater companies featuring live performances for young audiences ages 3 and up. Performances based on prize-winning and popular children’s books adapted for the stage by Theatreworks USA (USA), Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia (Canada), and Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company (UK) can be seen at various locations throughout the Pittsburgh area. Hand Made Theatre (Russia) will present a U.S. premiere choreography that creates a magical world of trains, boats, ticking clocks, flocks of birds and more. New to the 2013-2014 Family Series is a series special, Junie B. Jones by Theatreworks USA. School matinee performances for some shows will be held on Mondays at 10:15 a.m., at the Byham Theater.
Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater 2013-14 Family Series.
“Through the tradition of performing arts, Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater is proud to bring the 44thFamily Series, featuring timeless storybook favorites-old and new- along with a US premiere from Russia. Bringing these artists and performances to the Pittsburgh area for children and their families to enjoy and experience live- some for the first time- is at the heart of our goals,” commented Pamela K. Lieberman, Manager of Children’s Programming-Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director -Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater.
Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opens the door for children to experience professional performing arts programming which inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way. The series introduces children to the arts early in life sparking their interest and appreciation so they continue to enjoy and support the arts as they grow up. In addition to the Family Series, the Children’s Theater division also presents the annual Pittsburgh International Children's Festival (May 14-18, 2014, 28th year; details to be announced Fall 2013), one of only four international children's theater festivals in the nation.
Tickets and Information
Season Tickets: TrustArts.org/kids • 412-456-1390
Single Tickets: TrustArts.org/kids • 412-456-6666
Group Tickets: TrustArts.org/groups • 412-471-6930
Five-show season subscription ($42) includes Peter Pan, Time for Fun, Stuck, Teacher from the Black Lagoon, and Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch. Season Ticket holders can order extra tickets, when available, to any show at a reduced rate of $9.
Flex Ticket Package ($55.50) includes a package of six tickets. Flex tickets are vouchers that can be exchanged for tickets to any available performance during the season. Additional vouchers can be added on at the time of purchase for $9.25.
Single Tickets: $9.50 in advance • $11.00 at the door, if available.
Group Tickets (10 or more): $8 per person
Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater 2013-2014 Family Series
Peter Pan has never been told like this! This production encourages children to let their imaginations take “flight” and to create their own adventures. Watch as a group of children playing in an old attic morph into the classic characters of Peter Pan right before your eyes!
October 20-27, 2013, Ages 3 and up
• City: Byham Theater, Sunday, October 20, 2pm
• East: Penn Hills High School, Wednesday, October 23, 7pm
• North: Marshall Middle School, Thursday, October 24, 5:30 & 7:30pm
• West: Hopewell High School, Friday, October 25, 7pm
• South: Mt. Lebanon High School, Saturday, October 26, 11am & 2pm
• Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, Sunday, October 27, 2pm
Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 78 million people in 49 states and Canada. 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.
Time for Fun delights children with wonderfully choreographed hands and arms interlock and entwine to create trains, sailboats, ticking clocks, flocks of birds and more in this St. Petersburg production making its U.S. Premiere!
November 17-24, 2013, All Ages
• City: Byham Theater, Sunday, November 17, 2pm
• East: Penn Hills High School, Wednesday, November 20, 7pm
• North: Marshall Middle School, Thursday, November 21, 5:30 & 7:30pm
• West: Moon Area High School, Friday, November 22, 7pm
• South: Upper St. Clair High School, Saturday, November 23, 11am & 2pm
• Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, Sunday, November, 24, 2pm
Hand Made Theatre from St. Petersburg, Russia presents a unique performance through skilled puppetry, imagination, humor, and storytelling, performers use their hands to a create a magical world on stage. The company’s actors are trained in puppetry at Russia’s State Theatre Arts Academy.
Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company (UK), Stuck
Floyd got his kite Stuck in a tree! To get the Kite down, he tosses his shoe in the tree to shift if… but that getsStuck, too! Soon, Floyd’s other shoe, his cat, a ladder, the kitchen sink, and an orangutan are Stuck in the tree, too! This brand new story by Oliver Jeffers has been adapted into an exciting production by the team behind Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and The Way Back Home.
January 12-19, 2014, Ages 3-10
• City: Byham Theater, Sunday, January 12, 2pm
• East: Penn Hills High School, Wednesday, January 15, 7pm
• North: Marshall Middle School, Thursday, January 16, 5:30 & 7:30pm
• West: Moon Area High School, Friday, January 17, 7pm
• South: Upper St. Clair High School, Saturday, January 18, 11am & 2pm
• Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, January 19, 2pm
Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company presents high quality theatre to younger audiences in the United Kingdom and represents the best of British theatre craft abroad. The company believes that young people deserve the highest quality of writing, performance and production that a professional theatre company can offer. They strive to both entertain and inform young people, drawing from difference cultures and traditions.
This musical revue based on the books Teacher from the Black Lagoon, Dogzilla, I Want My Hat Back, Love, Splat, and more show outrageously funny ways that our imagination can get the best of us! These stories promise to have you laughing in the face of fear and singing along!
February 16-23, 2014, Ages 3-10
• Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, Sunday, February 16, 2pm
• East: Penn Hills High School, Wednesday, February 19, 7pm
• North: Marshall Middle School, Thursday, February 20, 5:30 & 7:30pm
• West: Moon Area High School, Friday, February 21, 7pm
• South: Mt. Lebanon High School, Saturday, February 22, 11am & 2pm
• City: Byham Theater, Sunday, February 23, 2pm
Junie B. Jones: Hooray, hooray! This musical (that is, a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing) is all about Junie B. Jones, who you know and love from her books written by Barbara Park!
Friday, March 14, 11am & 7pm
Saturday, March 15, 11am & 2pm
• City: Byham Theater only.
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia (Canada): Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch, Ages 3-10
These exquisitely crafted Caldecott Honor Books by Leo Lionni come to life in a colorful way! Learn all about Swimmy, a tiny fish, Frederick, a poetic mouse, and a loveable inchworm through puppetry and gentle storytelling which has earned national acclaim!
Friday, April 11, 11am & 7pm
Saturday, April 12, 11am & 2pm
• City: Byham Theater only