Pittsburgh International Children's Theater to Present PETER PAN, 10/20-27
Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Theatreworks USA in the Pittsburgh premiere of Peter Pan October 20-27, 2013 at six performance locations throughout the area. Performance locations include: City: Byham Theater, October 20 at 2:00 p.m.; East: Penn Hills High School, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.; North: Marshall Middle School, October 24 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; West: Hopewell High School, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.; South: Mt. Lebanon High School, October 26 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; and Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate School, October 27 at 2:00 p.m. Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children's Theater.
Theatreworks USA's live stage performance of Peter Pan, is based on John Caird and Trevor Nunn's adaptation of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, which was developed for London's Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982. In the spirit of J.M. Barrie's, original tale, Theatreworks USA's production tells the story through the eyes of a group of children who are living in Edwardian England (circa 1910), and decide on Peter Pan for that evening's play-acting.
The stage performance follows faithfully to the classic (with the omission of Tiger Lily and her tribe). Astonished by Peter Pan's appearance in the nursery, young Wendy, John, and Michael are intrigued by his tales of Never Land, the home of fairies, mermaids, pirates, and the poor Lost Boys who need a mother. With the help of a little fairy dust, they fly off to Never Land with Peter. As they continue on their adventure and try to escape the evil Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, they recognize the importance of friendship as well as the value of being part of a family. This production encourages children to let their imaginations take "flight" and to create their own adventures using household objects as props and puppets as characters. This 60-minute play is recommended for children ages 3 to 10.
Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 78 million people in 49 states and Canada. The company tours approximately 16 shows from its ever-growing repertoire of 117 plays and musicals, performing for about four million people annually. Under the direction of Barbara Pasternack (Artistic Director) and Ken Arthur (Managing Director), 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.
Individual tickets ($11 at the door; $9.50 in advance) can be ordered online at www.TrustArts.org/kids, 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.
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. Each year Pittsburgh International Children's Theater presents a Family Series and the Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, which is one of only four international children's theater festivals in the nation.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh's 14-block Cultural District through public and private support. The Trust presents and encourages diverse performing and visual arts programs within the District, and is an impetus for additional development in downtown Pittsburgh. www.TrustArts.org