Monday, September 8, 2014

Skippyjon Jones

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Show Publicist: Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/      
Other Contact: Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/
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Pittsburgh, PA ̶   Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Theatreworks USA’s Skippyjon Jones from October 19 ̶ 26, 2014, at six performance locations throughout the area.  Tickets go on sale September 8th at 9:00am.

“A popular book brought to life on stage opens our season and we are excited to host this award-winning theater company so that children and families throughout the region can experience live professional performances in their neighborhood,” commented Pamela K. Lieberman, Manager of Children’s Programming from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater.

Citizens Bank is the 2014-2015 season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater.
Theatreworks USA’s Skippyjon Jones, based on the book of same title by Judy Schachner, is an enchanting musical for younger audiences that tells a story about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams.  Devanand Janki is the director and choreographer for this current tour.  The scenery is designed by Rob Odorisio, with costumes by Tracy Christensen and features a libretto and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila (Drama Desk nominee for ALTAR BOYZ and Theatreworks USA’s Click, Clack, Moo!).  Theatreworks USA’s Skippyjon Jones was nominated for a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award in the Outstanding Musical category.  This 60-minute musical is recommended for ages 4 and up.

Photo Credit:  Jeremy Daniel
Skippyjon Jones tells the tale of a Siamese cat with big dreams and an even bigger will to be anything but a cat! “Holy guacamole,” Skippyjon exclaims. “My ears are too big for my head, my head is too big for my body. I am not a Siamese cat – I am a CHIHUAHUA!” Take an adventurous ride as Skippyjon Jones struggles to find himself and is faced with one of the biggest decision of his life; will he help save his “fellow” Chihuahua’s or will he soon realize that he may be the wimpy little Siamese cat that he’s been hiding from.

To view a sample of this stage production, visit:

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.  Subscriptions and Flex Ticket Packages to the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater series are available by calling 412-456-1390.

Illustration from Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachter. ©Theatreworks USA.
Performance Locations

City: Byham Theater | Sunday, October 19 | 2:00 p.m.
Students only matinee | Byham Theater | Monday, October 20 | 10:15 a.m.
East: Penn Hills High School | Wednesday, October 22 | 7:00 p.m.
North: Marshall Middle School | Thursday, October 23 | 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.
West: Moon Area High School | Friday, October 24 | 7:00 p.m.
South: Upper St. Clair High School | Saturday, October 25 | 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School | Sunday, October 26 | 2:00 p.m.

Theatreworks USA
Theatreworks USA is America's largest not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has engaged and educated over 85 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about three million people annually.  Theatreworks USA has a reputation providing young audiences with their first theater experiences as well as providing young actors, writers, directors, and designers with experience and training within this field.

Read more about Theatreworks USA
Page to Stage: Turning Children's Books into Theater Productions, By Raven Snook | Publisher’s Weekly, April 5, 2013

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 Family Series, now in its 45th 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.

The 2014 ̶ 2015 Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater series also includes:
Skink | November 16 ̶ 22, 2014 | Six locations
Big Nate (Season Special) | November 23 ̶ 24, 2014 | Byham Theater only
Click, Clack, Moo!  | January 11 ̶ 18, 2015 | Six locations
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse   | February 22 ̶ March 1, 2015 | Six locations
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley | April 4 ̶ 10, 2015 | Byham Theater only
In addition to the Family Series, the Children’s Theater division presents the annual Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, one of only four international children’s theater festivals in the nation.  Now in its 29th year, the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival will take place May 13 ̶ 17, 2015.  For more information, visit

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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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