The Children’s Theater Series presented by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, with a season ticket price of $40 for four shows, provides an affordable, entertaining way for parents and grandparents to introduce children to quality live theater and create memories at Playhouse Square that will last for years to come.
Families that purchase season tickets for the series can choose to participate in workshops held on the same days as Children’s Theater Series performances. These fun, interactive workshops are led by professional teaching artists and feature opportunities to learn songs and dance steps, create performances and music and much more. Admission to each workshop is $5 per child.
The Children’s Theater Series is made possible in part by the Children’s Theatre Endowment established by the Junior League of Cleveland, support from the Ohio Arts Council and is generously supported by the public through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
The 2015-16 Children’s Theater Series:
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
Dallas Children’s Theater
October 29-30, 2016
When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel through a mystical jungle and across a deep river to be presented to the king. Along the way, the two girls encounter a number of mysterious situations that unknowingly test their courage, kindness and strength of spirit. Combining authentic African drumming, powerful choreography and thrilling original music, the splendor of Zimbabwe and the African continent comes to life on stage!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Stories
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
January 28-29, 2017
Mermaid’s much-anticipated new production will bring together old favorites and new friends. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, the triple-bill highlights three of Eric Carle’s most beloved tales. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is joined by a whimsical cast of adventurous animals drawn from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? The poignant story of a young girl’s unusual quest, Papa Please Get the Moon for Me, completes an hour-long performance, which both entertains and educates. This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group.
March 11-12, 2017
Lightwire Theater presents DINO-Light where electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in a heart-rending original tale. Truly unique and visually dazzling, DINO has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance by audiences all over the world. Audiences may remember this mesmerizing company from their recent productions of The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise & The Hare or Moon Mouse.
The Moon’s a Balloon
Patch Theatre Company
May 6-7, 2017
A balloon can be many things. It can be a friend to play with or a maker of friendships. A balloon can be something loved or something lost; something shared or something broken. A balloon belongs to everyone, everywhere. It knows no borders or boundaries. Balloons connect us to each other in all kinds of ways. The Moon’s a Balloon was inspired by a poem by e.e. cummings which suggests that amazing possibilities can come from the simplest of things.
Season tickets for the Children’s Theater Series at PlayhouseSquare are now available by calling 216-640-8608 or online at playhousesquare.org/childrenstheater. The four-show Children’s Theater Series season ticket package is $40 per seat.