2015-16 Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series Set

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series. Now in its 46th season, the Theater Series will present award-winning, professional theater companies featuring live performances for young audiences ages 3 and up. Performances based on prize-winning and popular children's books adapted for the stage by Theatreworks USA (USA), Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia (Canada), Tall Stories (UK), Windmill Theatre (Australia) and Adventure Theatre MTC (USA) can be seen at various locations throughout the Pittsburgh area. The 2015-2016 Season has expanded from five to six shows, with the final show of the season a part of the EQT Children's Theater Festival, May 12-15, 2016.

School matinee performances for some shows will be held on Mondays at 10:15 a.m., at the Byham Theater. Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of the 2015-16 Children's Theater Series.

"It is an honor to present timeless tales from around the world in Pittsburgh. The 46th annual Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series offers a diverse array of entertainment that generations of family members can enjoy while experiencing live professional experiences with their children," commented Pamela K. Komar, Manager of Children's Programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director of the Children's Theater Series and Festival. "The series is capable of instilling an appreciation for the arts into young people while developing their basic skills, character and nurturing creativity."

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

Season Tickets: TrustArts.org/kids • 412-456-1390
Single Tickets: TrustArts.org/kids • 412-456-6666
Group Tickets (10+): TrustArts.org/groups • 412-471-6930

Six-show season subscription ($50.00) includes Alexander, Who's Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move, Caps for Sale: The Musical, Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School, Room on the Broom, Big Bad Wolf, and Goodnight Moon & Runaway Bunny. Season Ticket holders can order extra tickets, when available, to any show at a reduced rate of $9.50.

Flex Ticket Package ($60.00) includes a package of six tickets. For the most flexibility for your theater-loving family, buy Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series vouchers. Flex Vouchers can be exchanged for tickets to any show at any location during the 2015-2016 Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series or EQT Bridge Theater Series season and offer savings over at-the-door prices. Subject to date, time and location availability.

Single Tickets: $10.50 in advance• $12.00 at the door, if available

*Children under 2 are free but require a lap pass.

Become a Partner:

  • $100 PARTNER STATUS allows you preferred seating for Family Series and Festival events, encore receptions, along with Partner benefits with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
  • $250 SPONSORING PARTNER STATUS allows you $100 Partner Level Benefits plus 2 complimentary flex vouchers.
  • $500 LEAD PARTNER STATUS allows you $100 Partner Level Benefits plus 4 complimentary flex vouchers.

2015-2016 CITIZENS BANK CHILDREN'S THEATER SERIES

ALEXANDER, WHO'S NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT GOING TO MOVE
Theatreworks USA
October 18, 2015 - October 25, 2015
Alexander has just received some really bad news. His dad has taken a job in a city a thousand miles away, which means that he and his family are going to have to move to a whole new city. And even though his mom says, "Wait, you'll like it," Alexander already knows that he'll hate it. He can't bear to leave the people and places he loves, so he decides that he won't move. First he tries to live with three different neighbors. Then he tries to build a tent so he can live by himself. Then he decides he'll hide so that his parents'll never find him, but that doesn't work out either. With a little help from his mom and dad and even his bossy older brothers they help him to understand that home is "where your family is, where you're with the people who love you best of all." Recommended forAges 3-10. 60 minutes.

Performance Schedule:

  • City: Byham Theater | Sunday, October 18, 2 p.m.
  • City: Byham Theater | Monday, October 19 at 10:15 a.m. - Group Sales Only
  • East: Penn Hills High School | Wednesday, October 21, 7 p.m.
  • North: Marshall Middle School | Thursday, October 22, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • West: Venue To Be Announced | Friday, October 23, 7 p.m.
  • South: Mt. Lebanon High School | Saturday, October 24, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Butler: Seneca Valley Senior High School | Sunday, October 25, 2 p.m.

CAPS FOR SALE: THE MUSICAL
Adventure Theatre MTC
NOVEMBER 15, 2015 - NOVEMBER 22, 2015
Monkey Business! "Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!" The peddler has huge stack of caps, balanced carefully on top of his head. Brown caps, blue caps, gray caps, and red caps. But no one wants to buy a cap. So he goes for a walk in the country, and takes a nap under a shady tree. When he wakes up, the caps are gone - all except his own checked one. Where could his caps have disappeared to? And how will he ever get them back? Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of this favorite book, this new musical will enchant the whole family! Recommended for Ages 3-10. 60 minutes.

Performance Schedule:

  • City: Byham Theater | Sunday, November 15, 2 p.m.
  • City: Byham Theater | Monday, November 16, 10:15 a.m. - Group Sales Only
  • East: Penn Hills High School | Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m.
  • North: Venue to be Announced | Thursday, November 19, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • West: Venue to be Announced | Friday, November 20, 7 p.m.
  • South: Mt. Lebanon High School | Saturday, November 21, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Butler: Seneca Valley Senior High School | Sunday, November, 22, 2 p.m.

JUNIE B.'S ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL GUIDE TO SCHOOL
Theatreworks USA
JANUARY 10, 2016 - JANUARY 17, 2016
Now that JUNIE B. JONES has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules to Band-Aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about! An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book. Recommended for Ages 3-11. 60 minutes.

Performance Schedule:

  • City: Byham Theater | Sunday, January 10, 2 p.m.
  • City: Byham Theater | Monday, January 11, 10:15 a.m. - Group Sales Only
  • East: Penn Hills High School | Wednesday, January 13, 7 p.m.
  • North: Marshall Middle School | Thursday, January 14, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • West: Hopewell High School | Friday, January 15, 7 p.m.
  • South: Mt. Lebanon High School, Saturday, January 16, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Butler: Seneca Valley Senior High School, January 17, 2 p.m.

ROOM ON THE BROOM
Tall Stories
FEBRUARY 7, 2016 - FEBRUARY 13, 2016
The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick-until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch's lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick's not meant for five and-CRACK-the broom snaps in two. When a hungry dragon appears who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Songs, laughs, and scary good fun based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Recommended for Ages 3-10. 55 minutes.

Performance Schedule:

  • City: Byham Theater | Sunday, February 7, 2 p.m.
  • City: Byham Theater | Monday, February 8, 10:15 a.m. - Group Sales Only
  • Butler: Seneca Valley Senior High School | Sunday, February 9, 7 p.m.
  • East: Penn Hills High School | Wednesday, February 10, 7 p.m.
  • North: Marshall Middle School | Thursday, February 11, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • West: Hopewell High School | Friday, February 12, 7 p.m.
  • South: Mt. Lebanon High School | Saturday, February 13, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

BIG BAD WOLF
Windmill Theatre
APRIL 8, 2016 - APRIL 9, 2016
He's the most misunderstood character in fairytale history. Put simply he has no friends. But then he does have incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene, and he is the infamous Big Bad Wolf after all. No one likes him. Luckily one girl is brave enough to double check this wolf's bad press and an unlikely friendship is born. This hilarious, table-turning tale will have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place. Recommended for Ages 4-10. 50 minutes.

Performance Schedule:
*Byham Theater Only

  • City: Byham Theater | Friday, April 8, 10 a.m. - Group Sales Only
  • City: Byham Theater | Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

GOODNIGHT MOON AND RUNAWAY BUNNY
Mermaid Theatre Nova Scotia
MAY 12, 2016 - MAY 15, 2016
Part of the 2016 EQT Children's Theater Festival
Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny's tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both tales feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security. Recommended for Ages 3-8. 60 minutes

Performance Schedule: Performance times and locations TBA

About Theatreworks USA
The mission of Theatreworks USA is to create, produce, and provide access to professional theatre for young and family audiences nationwide, including disadvantaged youth and under-served communities. Since our founding in 1961, we have presented more than 90 million children and their families with opportunities to enjoy our theatrical productions in 49 states and Canada.

About Adventure Theatre MTC
Adventure Theatre (founded in 1951) and Musical Theater Center (founded in 1986) merged into one organization in 2012. The combined entity is called Adventure Theatre MTC. Located in Glen Echo Park (Glen Echo, MD) and The Wintergreen Plaza (Rockville, MD), Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC) cultivates new generations of artists and life-long audiences by creating memorable theatrical productions and experiences and by providing young people the highest quality training in musical theater and theater. Adventure Theatre MTC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

About Tall Stories
Tall Stories' unique brand of physical story theatre has toured from London England to London Ontario, and from London's West End to Broadway's New Victory, taking in Ireland, Poland and Asia en route. The company was founded in 1997 by directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell and is a registered charity (England and Wales, no. 1121416).

About Windmill Theatre
Windmill Theatre creates and presents incredible performances that captivate our audience's imaginations and resonate deeply. The company's artistic vision has created a unique and distinctive house style of theatre that makes true adventure and creative ingenuity synonymous with the Windmill name. Since our inception in 2002, our enduring purpose has been to continue to create incredible shows, and tour them nationally and internationally. We will continue to inhabit new media spaces and participate in the development of innovative means to connect artists and audiences to tell, create and share stories.

About Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Mermaid Theatre has been in continuous operation since it was founded in 1972 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. We moved to the neighbouring town of Windsor in 1987, and helped to revitalize the historic town's downtown business core. Our extensive headquarters encompass production studios, administrative offices, rehearsal quarters, a versatile studio, and an elegant 400-seat performance facility known as The Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (MIPAC).

Citizens Bank Children's Theater Series
The Citizens Bank 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 series 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 Children's Theater is part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's line of family programming. Other programming includes the EQT Children's Theater Festival, one of only four international children's theater festivals in the nation, and the EQT Bridge Theater Series, a new theater series connecting with ages 7+ and presenting professional theater from around the world.

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 Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.

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