THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, THE LITTLE PRINCE and More Set for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' 2012-13 Family Season

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its partnership with Target to bring quality, affordable, and family-friendly performing arts programming to the diverse cultural communities of Brooklyn.

The centerpiece of BCBC's 2012-2013 family programming will be the new Target Storybook Series of family programming based on classic and contemporary children's literature, with titles including The Velveteen Rabbit, How I Became a Pirate, The Little Prince, and Sleeping Beauty. The series aims to encourage the development of strong reading skills at home in children ages four to eight. Online resources such as literacy-based activity sheets and study guides will give parents the opportunity to engage their children prior to attending the performances, and then again after seeing each show.

In addition to the Target Storybook Series, BCBC will present other family-friendly shows including the holiday favorite The Colonial Nutcracker, Tales of Anansi, and a sing-along screening of the Julie Andrews classic The Sound of Music. All seats for BCBC's 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series will be $7. Tickets to other family programs range from free to $30, with a 50 percent discount available to children 12 and under for select performances.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' 2012-2013 family performances include:

The Velveteen Rabbit
Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 2pm
Tickets: $7

"When a child loves you for a long, long time... then you become Real." So says the Horse to the Velveteen Rabbit in Margery Williams' much-loved literary classic about a stuffed toy rabbit who yearns to become real. This charming tale of love and devotion features an original musical score, extraordinary puppets, masks, and magic. A Target Storybook Series event recommended for ages four and up.

Direct from Beijing, The People's Republic of China
The Shaolin Warriors
Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 3pm
Tickets: $30 adults, $15 for children 12 and under

With a jaw-dropping mix of martial arts, theatricality and athleticism, the Shaolin Warriors present a rare glimpse into the ancient and mystical art of Kung Fu. This astonishing spectacle features 22 monks performing feats of strength, agility, and impeccably choreographed combat that will take your breath away.

The Colonial Nutcracker
Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2pm
Tickets: $10

An annual holiday favorite, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky's ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and simultaneous narration to help young audience members enjoy this timeless classic. Recommended for ages four and up.

The Snow Maiden
Presented in association with Anton Krylov

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 6pm
Tickets: $35-$50

Enjoy this magical Christmas tale in which a worthy young girl is transformed by Grandfather Frost (the Russian Santa Claus) into the beautiful Snow Maiden. Traditional Russian songs, dances and elaborate costumes create a winter wonderland in this delightful children's extravaganza. Performed in Russian with English subtitles. Recommended for ages six and up.

How I Became a Pirate
Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 2pm
Tickets: $7

In this new musical based on the best-selling children's book, Jeremy's talent for building sand castles and digging moats has earned him a place on the crew of Braid Beard's ship. It's a grand adventure, indeed, until Jeremy remembers all the things that he left behind. Surely, the pirates can be convinced to take him home! A Target Storybook Series event recommended for ages six and up.

The Little Prince
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2pm
Tickets: $7

Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Full of whimsy and wonderment, this new stage version of the classic tale incorporates puppetry, multimedia projections, and original music as it follows one brave little boy's journey through the universe, exploring the mysteries of grownups and the stars and searching for what is most important in life. A Target Storybook Series event recommended for ages eight to eighty.

American Family Theater's
Sleeping Beauty
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2pm
Tickets: $7

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