Friday, November 15, 2013

Time for Fun Showcases Russian Puppetry

 Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
 Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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PITTSBURGH, PA:  Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Hand Made Theatre, from Russia, in the Pittsburgh premiere of Time for Fun, November 14-24, 2013, at six performance locations throughout Pittsburgh.   Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater.  

“Presenting outstanding live theater for children to experience at an early age is at the heart of our goals. These Russian performers will delight and amaze audiences with their intricate skills of puppetry,” commented Pamela K. Lieberman, Manager of Children’s Theater Programming-Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director-Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater.

Ten performers from St. Petersburg take the stage with an exuberant burst of energy before rolling up their sleeves to create a captivating and unique magical world.  In Time for Fun, the performers’ hands and arms interlock and entwine to create trains, boats, ticking clocks, flocks of birds and more. Time for Fun is created by Amdrei Kniazkov under the direction of Viktoria Shepel and Ekaterina Georgievskaia.

City: Byham Theater, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. (open to the general public) and November 18 at 10:15 a.m. (student matinee school groups only)
East: Penn Hills High School, November 20 at 7:00 p.m.
North: Marshall Middle School, November 21 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.
West: Moon Area High School, November 22 at 7:00 p.m.
South: Upper Saint Clair High School, November 23 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate School, November 24 at 2:00 p.m.

TICKETS: Single tickets can be purchased in advanced by subscribers at $9, and non-subscribers at $9.50.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $11. Tickets can also 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.

Hand Made Theatre, based in St. Petersburg, Russia, was formed in 2009 by a group of actors from the State Theatrical Academy of Puppetry.  The company’s creative expression through puppetry and ability to choreograph uniqueness in ordinary things is at the heart of their performance.  Hand Made Theatre has performed throughout Europe.  In 2009, the company represented Russia in the Cannes Russian Season and received an official invitation to open The Carnival of Venice in Italy. In August 2012, Hand Made Theatre debuted in the United Kingdom performing at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  In September 2012, the company was recognized for their performance excellence at Poppenspel Festival in Meppel, Netherlands.

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 Family Series, now in its 44th season, 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.  Upcoming performances in the 44th Family Series include:  Stuck (January 12-19, 2014), Teacher from the Black Lagoon (February 16-23, 2014), Junie B. Jones (March 14 & 15, 2014), Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch (April 11 & 12, 2014).

 In addition to the Family Series, the Children’s Theater division also presents the annual Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, one of only four international children's theater festivals in the nation.  Now in its 28th year, the Children’s Festival will take place May 14-18, 2014.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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