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Arts on the Horizon Sets 2016-17 Season of Theatre for the Very Young


Arts on the Horizon, an interactive theatre for children ages zero to six, is excited to announce its 2016 -2017 season. As the first theatre company in the United States to stage completely non-verbal performances for young audiences, Arts on the Horizon shows are performed solely with sound, movement and live music to engage children at any stage of language development and also children whose first language may not be English.

Entering its fourth season of original performances, the 2016-2017 program includes a local tour of the critically acclaimed production of Point A to Point B and three world-premiere productions: Adventures with Mr. Bear; Nutt and Bolt; and By the Seashore, a performance specifically created for children under the age of two.

"Arts on the Horizon shows are purposely written and performed to benefit young audiences at a critical stage of their development through an interactive and inclusive environment," says founder and producing artistic director, Michelle Kozlak. "Each show blends a rich variety of sounds, visual cues and touchpoints so that children at any stage of development can begin a hands-on exploration and love of theatre from the very start."

The 2016-2017 season:

By the Seashore

Created by Kate Debelack and Betsy Rosen

Directed by Kate Debelack

Special Sneak Peek Preview at The Lab at Convergence:? October 6-8, 2016

The Lab at Convergence: July 13-29, 2017

By the Seashore transports young audiences to the ocean using puppetry, movement, and sound. From birds to fish, sand to water, and everything in-between, this sensory-filled production is specifically designed for babies and young toddlers ages 0-2.

Adventures with Mr. Bear

Written and Directed by Ryan Sellers

The Lab at Convergence: December 1-17, 2016

Atlas Performing Arts Center: December 18-30, 2016

The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together, they embark on a journey of endless possibilities - all from the comfort of her playroom! Best for children ages 2 - 5 and their families.

Nutt and Bolt

Created and Directed by Matt Bassett

The Lab at Convergence: March 8-25, 2017

Atlas Performing Arts Center: March 29-April 2, 2017

Nutt and Bolt are robot rivals. They spend their days using the random junkyard objects around them in games of skill and sound while rallying the young Audience members for support. As the competition builds to a frenzied pinnacle, Nutt and Bolt realize that by working together, they can make something even more wonderful than they could on their own. Through props, costumes, and sets created entirely out of upcycled or recycled objects, Nutt and Bolt, reinforces a child's transformative power of imagination and their own ability to make ordinary objects into something extraordinary. Best for children ages 2 - 6 and their families.

Point A to Point B

Conceived by David Kilpatrick

Directed by Megan Alrutz

Local Tour: May 2017

Back by popular demand, Arts on the Horizon is proud to remount a local tour of this show inspired by the America on the Move exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Two museum employees are tasked with keeping the ball rolling between "Point A" and "Point B" without letting it travel the same way twice. As the two co-workers - one a careful scientist, the other an athletic risk-taker - begin to solve the puzzle together, they explore different modes of transportation in new, wonderful, and exciting ways. Best for children ages 2 - 5 and their families.

Arts on the Horizon, founded in 2009, is a non-profit theatre with a specific focus of providing performances and education programs for the very young. Our performances are designed to take place in an intimate setting where children not only feel comfortable to learn and explore, but are also an integral part of the performance. We have the utmost respect for children and want what may be their first theatrical performance to entertain them, challenge them, spark creativity and enhance the imaginative play in which many children this age engage. Since 2011, our non-verbal productions have been performed on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Workhouse Arts Center, The Athenaeum and other venues and schools in the DC metro area. In May 2013, the company performed at Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare as part of the national One Theatre World Festival. In Spring of 2015, Arts on the Horizon's show, Blossom's Rainbow, was an event of the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival. In January 2016, Arts on the Horizon was nominated for The John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company.

In addition to our performances, we also offer education programs, which provide targeted exploration of themes and ideas in order to help children enhance their language development, socialization, and fine and gross motor skills; all within a meaningful, nurturing environment where children can develop their sense of self and increase their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

Tickets start at $6 for children and adults and can be purchased online at beginning in August or at the door on the day of the performance.

Arts on the Horizon offers a military family rate for all performances in Virginia. Active duty military personnel and their family can purchase these discounted tickets directly on the website and will need to show a current military ID when picking up their tickets on the day of the performance.

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