HANSEL & GRETEL, THE ELVES & THE TOYMAKER and More Set for Studio East and StoryBook Theater's 2014-15 Season

HANSEL & GRETEL, THE ELVES & THE TOYMAKER and More Set for Studio East and StoryBook Theater's 2014-15 Season

For the 2014-2015 season, area families will enjoy more performance offerings for both Studio East and StoryBook Theater as well as a new venue for StoryBook Theater productions in Shoreline. Through their extensive after school performing arts training programs Studio East will now present seven student-performed productions (up from six in the 2013-2014 season). Studio East's adult-acted professional StoryBook Theater touring productions will add the Shoreline Conference Center to their list of Puget Sound area tour stops. StoryBook Theater, now in its 17th season, introduces audience members as young as three to the joys of live theatre.

2014-2015 StoryBook Theater productions include:

Hansel & Gretel Oct. 25 - Nov. 23, 2014. Tickets on sale now. Recommended age 3+
Shows in Renton, Kirkland, Shoreline, Everett and Seattle
Siblings who bicker and squabble? Now there is something new! When this well-known brother and sister duo decide to explore the woods without their parents' permission, they run into a sweetie of a Top Chef who delights and dabbles in the art of confection. Silly, starving, and hungry to create a new dish, this crazy kitchen witch tries to turn Hansel into her next meal, only to find that some things are best left uneaten.

The Elves & the Toymaker Dec. 13 & 14, 2014. Tickets on sale now. Recommended age 3+
*New Production*
6 Performances only at the Kirkland Performance Center
It's the holiday season and a Toymaker and his wife have been working day and night to get toys ready to give to boys and girls everywhere. But on the morning they are to be delivered the Toymaker discovers all the toys have disappeared! Instead of giving up, the Toymaker and his wife decide to rebuild, but they just can't finish in time. Two silly and very generous Elves decide they want to help the Toymaker by secretly finishing the job. In true StoryBook Theater fashion, this holiday musical will delight audiences young and old and remind everyone that the spirit of giving is truly the greatest gift of all.

Cinderella Performances begin Jan.25 Recommended age 3+
Shows in Renton, Kirkland, Shoreline, Everett and Seattle
Cinderella dreams of going to the ball to see the castle - she love the architecture! She'd even like to meet the prince, but her jealous stepmother makes her daydream a living nightmare. With the help of her zany and ever-wise Fairy Godmother, a dancing, house-cleaning rag and some grass slippers, Cindy and her plump pumpkin race to make her wish come true!

Ugly Duckling Performances begin Apr. 18 Recommended age 3+
Shows in Renton, Kirkland, Shoreline, Everett and Seattle
Life isn't quite what it's quacked up to be for an unfortunate, young duckling. Bullied by family and friends for looking different, this unlucky, but plucky ducky decides to leave home for something better. On his own, this poor little bird's goose seems to be cooked...or is it?

Tickets to StoryBook Theater productions are $11 for all patrons over 1 year of age. Tickets for all 2014 StoryBook Theater performance dates are on sale now at www.storybooktheater.org; a few 2015 Seattle performance date tickets will go on sale in August 2014.

Tickets to Studio East productions range in price from $13 - $15 and all go on sale in August 2014 at www.studioeast.org.

About Studio East and StoryBook Theater: Studio East Training for the Performing Arts was founded in 1992 to provide theater arts education for young people on the Eastside. It was founded on the belief that through the performing arts children can build confidence, and acquire leadership and teamwork skills while learning discipline, dedication and responsibility. Starting with one theater program for teens in 1992, Studio East has become one of the largest children's theater training programs in the Seattle area. Today, Studio East serves over 70,000 people annually with a comprehensive program of drama classes, theater arts camps, Mainstage productions and live performances for children from ages 3 through 19. 2012 marked StudioEast's 20th anniversary season.

Studio East also produces StoryBook Theater, an adult professional touring troupe that introduces young children to live theater at venues throughout the Puget Sound area. Studio East creates opportunities for young people to discover and explore the performing arts.

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