Byham Theater & multiple locations
October 18 – May 12
A new season of plays and productions is underway in Pittsburgh, and thanks to two local series—one a long-time staple and one brand new on the cultural scene—cutting-edge theater is not just for adults.
If you have a budding playwright, actor or set designer in your family, don’t miss the latest live productions from around the world during the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series. For its 46th annual season, the series spotlights professional companies from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the US.
From a young girl’s helpful survival guide to school, to the most misunderstood character in fairytale history (hint: he’s big and he’s bad), the Children’s Theater Series has a tale and a topic for all kinds of kids. Performances—which are all adapted for the stage and based on popular award-winning children’s books—are geared toward ages 3 and up.
Featured companies for 2015-2016 include: Theatreworks USA (US), Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia (Canada), Tall Stories (UK), Windmill Theatre (Australia) and Adventure Theatre MTC (US). Productions take place at downtown’s Byham Theater and at middle and high schools located throughout the region.
The series kicks off on October 18th with Theatreworks USA’s musical presentation of Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move. Kids will follow along with Alexander as he does everything in his power to not move when his dad accepts a job in a city a thousand miles away—from shacking up with three different neighbors to camping out in a homemade tent.
New this year is the series’ expansion from five to six shows, with the final production, Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny, taking place during the EQT Children’s Theater Festival in May 2016.
Additional performances include: Caps for Sale: The Musical (November 15 – 22); Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide To School (January 10 -17); Room on the Broom (February 7 – 13); Big Bad Wolf (April 8 & 9); and Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny (May 12 – May 15).
Looking for adventurous theater for the tweens and teens in your life?
Check out the brand new EQT Bridge Theater Series, which includes imaginative productions based on popular books, topical issues, historical themes and current events—all geared toward kids ages 7 to 15. Staged by national and international companies, the inaugural Bridge season runs from November 5th through May 12th at the Byham Theater, Trust Arts Education Center and August Wilson Center.
Ready to slide down the rabbit hole? If you thought you knew Alice, the Caterpillar and the Cheshire Cat, think again. First up for the Bride Series in early November is an fresh new twist on Lewis Carroll’s iconic 19th-century novel presented by Tram Theatre. Kids will follow four bored and exhausted characters who transform themselves and the everyday objects around them into an immersive world of nonsense, fantasy and make believe.
View a complete Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series schedule and purchase tickets.
View a complete Bridge Theater Series schedule and purchase tickets.