The weather is changing and the smell of fall is right around the corner. As we start to change out our summer wardrobes to warmer clothing, I begin to think about the busy school schedules, after school activities and holiday excitement that cause us to run in a million different directions. Along with the chaos, I also begin to think of all the fun opportunities in the Pittsburgh area that come with this season.
As a family of five, routines are important more so now than any other time of the year. For me, grabbing my pumpkin spice coffee and shuffling through the season’s five titles for the 2018-2019 Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series is something I look forward to every year! You see, with the busy season my family and I like to make a point to have designated family time. What’s fun as a parent is to watch how your children enjoy the show so much without knowing they are learning at the same time. This year’s series teaches not only self-respect, self-love, kindness and friendship but also ties into the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) curriculum that is so prominent in our schools today.
The Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series presents award-winning, professional theater for young audiences ages 3 and up. With silly jokes, favorite story book characters, jaw-dropping acrobatics, whimsical creatures, and catchy songs, kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy this series full of fun for the entire family! It is easy for you to incorporate theater into your family’s schedule as most shows have performances Downtown and travel around the region for a performance in your town. Visit TrustArts.org/Kids for more information.
Kicking off the series in November 2018 is a belly full of laughs with Aga-Boom.Jump headfirst into a chain reaction of absolute silliness and a blizzard of laughter with three former stars of the Moscow Circus. This lovable trio extracts endless delight from everyday cleaning supplies, a towering punch-away paper wall and some brave audience members. Rooted in theatrical clowning, AGA-BOOM brings together the best traditions of circus arts, physical comedy and European avant-garde. Get ready for a live-action cartoon, exploding with sophisticated slapstick, outlandish chases and the most chaotic finale ever.
2019 kicks off with Your Alien. One day, you’ll be looking out your window when something wonderful comes your way… and you will want to keep him. Arts Power from the United States presents Your Alien, touching down with a stranded alien who strikes up a fabulous friendship with the boy who finds him. They go to school and have loads of fun together, but as evening approaches, the alien grows homesick. Will the boy be able to figure out how to help his new friend? This funny and uplifting new musical shows how the power of true friendship can last a lifetime. Based on the book by Tammy Sauer.
Up next in February 2019, is Flight School The Musical. It’s the first day of Flight School, where they teach birds to fly. Penguin has the soul of an eagle and is ready to live on the wind, but he wasn’t built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him. Penguin’s spirit won’t be grounded. With some friends of a feather, and a little help on the technical bits, Penguin follows his dream to flip, flap, and fly! Vital Theatre Company from the United States presents this show, based on the book from best-selling author Lita Judge.
Making their debut in March 2019, is Rosie Revere, Engineer and Other Stories. Ms. Greer’s classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams, Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture, and Ada Twist’s curiosity can drive her teacher crazy. A fun new musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math).
Rounding out the 2018-2019 Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series is Emily Brown and the Thing. Something monstrous is keeping Emily Brown awake… One evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley hear a Thing crying outside their window. He just can’t get to sleep. Emily Brown and Stanley set off on incredible adventures to the Dark and Scary Wood, the Whirling Wastes and beyond, to find the Thing’s cuddly, his bedtime milk and his medicine… But nothing seems to help him settle. What’s really troubling the Thing–and will anyone ever get to sleep? Find out in this magical, musical show based on the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell (writer of ‘How to Train your Dragon’) and Neal Layton.
Purchase season tickets today, available in Downtown, Butler, East, West, North, and South packages.
As another option, Children’s Theater Membership benefits, including exclusive meet-and-greets with performers and priority seating, begin at the $100 Partners Membership level. You and your family can play a role in bringing outstanding children’s programming to Pittsburgh. Join today.
In addition to Season Ticket packages and Membership packages, flex tickets are also now available. Purchase Flex Vouchers ($10/person/show) in advance and save money over single ticket prices! Flex tickets are vouchers that can be exchanged for any available performance and venue during the 2018-2019 Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series, 2018-2019 EQT Bridge Theater Series, or 2019 EQT Children’s Theater Festival. Lap passes for children under 2 can be added at the time of flex redemption (and of course, are free).
We hope to see you soon at a show.
*Season ticket package prices reflect the face value of your tickets, all discounts, district fee and any applicable taxes. Additionally, each order will be charged a $3 service charge.