Theatre for the Very Young Series Opens 8/25 with TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC

Theatre for the Very Young Series Opens 8/25 with TEDDY BEARS' PICNICChildren from six months to three years old are invited to bring their favorite Teddy Bear (or choose one at the door) and join the fun at the Teddy Bears' Picnic, the first performance of the season in the Theatre for the Very Young Series presented by the Bay Area Children's Theatre (BACT) in partnership with Children's Fairyland.

The series of interactive, theatrical experiences for babies and toddlers, now in its second year, will feature Teddy Bears' Picnic developed by Doyle Ott, director, Children's Theatre Program at Children's Fairyland, and Old MacDonald beyond the Farm, developed by BACT Executive Artistic Director Nina Meehan.

Teddy Bears' Picnic follows Teddy Bear, as she packs her favorite foods and scampers off for an exciting adventure in the woods.

The show plays in Oakland and then re-opens in San Francisco:

· Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610, August 25 - October 29, Fridays at 10 a.m. and weekends at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

· Children's Creativity Museum Theatre, 221 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, January 26 - March 11, 2018, Fridays at 10 a.m. and weekends at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Old MacDonald beyond the Farm follows Old MacDonald as she bids farewell to her beloved farm animals and sails away to learn more about life in the city.

The show opens for the holidays in San Francisco and then moves to Berkeley:

· Children's Creativity Museum Theatre, 221 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, November 10 - December 23, Fridays at 10 a.m. and weekends at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

· BACT Theatre Center, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704, January 12 - March 18, Fridays at 10 a.m. and weekends at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Tickets: $15 (Children under the age of 6 months do not need a ticket). Contact the Box office at www.bactheatre.org or call (510) 296-4433.

Established in 2004, the Bay Area Children's Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves more than 110,000 children and adults throughout the Bay Area, with main stage performances in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco; selected productions in local schools; and classes and summer camps in more than 10 East Bay communities.

Our Mission: To inspire young audiences with imaginative productions, introduce children of all backgrounds to the excitement of live theatre, and create an engaging, entertaining, and educational environment in which children and their families can explore and enjoy the arts.

How We Carry Out Our Mission:

· Bring high quality, professional theatre to children and their families, with artists who create vibrant worlds that are intriguing to young audiences

· Encourage young people to explore literature, language, and the arts by producing stage adaptations of great children's books

· Engage preschoolers in the world of theatre with productions specially designed for them

· Develop and perform exciting new work for the stage

· Reach out to children who might not otherwise experience live theatre with free tickets, special performances for school groups, and touring productions at local schools

· Create touring productions for young audiences nationwide

· Partner with communities to meet the need for theatre education

· Introduce children to the joy of performance through our theatre education program.

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