Theatreworks USA's PETER PAN to Play Six Performances Throughout Pittsburgh Area, 10/20-27

Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announced Theatreworks USA's area premiere of Peter Pan, October 20-27, 2013, at six performance locations throughout the area. "Bringing opportunities for children and their families to enjoy and experience live theater is at the heart of our goals. We are proud to present this award-winning theater group and classic story through the artistry of live performance and original music," commented Pamela K. Lieberman, Manager of Children's Theater Programming-Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Children's Theater.

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 2013-14 Family Series.

Theatreworks USA's live stage production 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. "First-rate Peter Pan soars -- enough charm to color several rainbows." −Courier News, IL

The performance follows faithfully to the classic story (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.

TICKETS: single tickets in advance: subscribers: $9, non-subscribers $9.50; at the door: $11. Tickets 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.

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