Children’s Theatre

 

The Playhouse Family Theatre presents wildly imaginative entertainment appropriate for the entire family. Bring your 3-year-old, and grandma and grandpa, too!

 

Our Children’s Theatre Arts productions offer hundreds of roles each season to youth ages 8-18. Great shows, professional sets and costumes, and amazingly talented young people result in magical and memorable experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

 

The Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) is an adult professional acting company that presents energetic and interactive performances, often incorporating songs, dance, and puppetry. Running times for TYA shows are usually between 45-minutes to an hour and are the perfect fit for the young ones to become lifelong theatre fans.

 

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Become a Family Theatre Season Pass holder! See all 9 Children’s Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences performances with a Family Theatre Season Pass for adults and youth! Additionally, as a Family Theatre Season Pass holder, receive 10% off all Education Program camp and class enrollments. Learn more.

 


 


Current Season


We're going "move it, move it" out of the zoo and onto the stage!
Dates

October 19-29, 2017


Showtimes

Thursday-Saturday @ 7:00pm  |  Sunday @ 2pm


Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR! brings Alex the Lion and friends from screen to stage in this wild musical comedy based on the animated film. The kids of the Children’s Theatre portray a host of animals who escape from the Central Park Zoo and embark on a “crack-a-lackin” journey to Madagascar where they meet King
Julien, an eccentric lemur who likes to “move it, move it”.

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  • Performed on the Depot Theatre stage.

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It’s got the bare necessities, and so much more!
Dates

January 20-February 4, 2018


Showtimes

Saturdays @ 1pm & 4pm   |  Sundays @ 2pm


The TYA ensemble will be wearing many furs as they play all the classic wild animal characters in The Jungle Book!

Mowgli is a boy raised by wolves, guided by Bagheera, the panther, befriended by Baloo, the bear, and hunted by Shere Khan, the ferocious tiger. On an outrageous and exciting journey back to human civilization, Mowgli finds that the strangest animal of all…is man.

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  • Performed by TYA’s adult acting company on the Depot Theatre stage!

Presenting Sponsor: National Bank of Commerce


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We’re off to see the wizard!
Dates

March 15-25, 2018


Showtimes

Thursday-Saturday @ 7pm  |  Sundays @ 2pm


Dorothy Gale meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. The yellow brick road leads to the Depot Stage which will be transformed into the Emerald City.

The kids of the Children’s Theatre become Glinda, the Good Witch; the Wicked Witch of the West; and everything in between as they inhabit a world full of munchkins and flying monkeys. This iconic tale teaches us that “there’s no place like home.”

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  • Performed on the Depot Theatre stage.

Presenting sponsor:  Marline & Associates LLC


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The Cat is back!
Dates

May 5-20, 2018


Showtimes

Saturdays @ 1pm & 4pm  |  Sundays @ 2pm


Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat arrives with Thing One and Thing Two to turn a dull and dreary day into a wacky extravaganza, leaving Sally and her brother speechless when their mother comes home and asks about their day. Don’t miss all the

Don’t miss all the magical tricks and hijinks that make this classic Dr. Seuss story really awe-inspiring on stage!

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  • Performed by TYA’s adult acting company on the Depot Theatre stage.

Presenting Sponsor:  National Bank of Commerce


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Luck be a lady tonight!
Dates

June 29-July 1, 2018


Showtimes

Friday @ 7pm  |  Saturday @ 2pm & 7pm  |  Sunday @ 2pm


The Children’s Theatre presents the Junior Intensive, Guys and Dolls, Jr.! Join Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson as they scramble for the funds to set up the biggest craps game in New York City, encountering gangsters and the prim missionary, Sarah Brown, in this oddball romantic comedy. The hits include “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat”. Performed by actors ages 8-13.

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  • Performed by actors ages 8-13 as part of the Summer Junior Intensive series.

Presenting Sponsor:  Otis-Magie Insurance Agency


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A new angle on the classic tale- --- and that’s no lie!
Dates

June 14-17 & July 12-15, 2018


Showtimes

Thursday-Saturday @ 7pm  |  Saturday & Sunday @ 2pm


The wooden puppet wants to be a real boy and must prove himself truthful and brave in order to get his wish. This play with playful songs is a new and colorful interactive experience for kids and families.

An original adaptation of the classic story, Pinocchio comes to life with the TYA adult acting company for two weekends (one in June, and one in July).

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  • Performed by TYA’s adult acting company on the Depot Theatre stage!

Presenting Sponsor:  National Bank of Commerce


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Second star to the right, and straight on ‘til morning.
Dates

July 27-29, 2018


Showtimes

Friday @ 7pm  |  Saturday @ 2pm & 7pm  |  Sunday @ 2pm


The Children’s Theatre Junior Intensive, Peter Pan, Jr. whisks us away to the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning. The Depot Stage is Neverland where Peter brings Wendy, Michael, and John to meet the Lost Boys and all their magical friends (and foes like Captain Hook).

This musical adventure is based on the Disney adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s eternally young tale. Performed by actors ages 8-13.

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  • Performed by actors ages 8-13 as part of the Summer Junior Intensive series!

Presenting Sponsor:  Otis-Magie Insurance Agency


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Are you a shark or a jet?
Dates

August 9-19, 2018


Showtimes

Thursday-Saturday @ 7pm  |  Sunday @ 2pm


West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet perform in rep by the Children’s Theatre Teen Intensive troupe.

Star-crossed lovers are separated by their allegiances but serve to unite the two shows. The hit musical West Side Story is based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Both versions of the tragic romance are performed by teens with all the quotable lines from The Bard and memorable songs of Bernstein and Sondheim including “Maria”, “America”, and “I Feel Pretty.” Performed by actors ages 13-18.

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  • Performed by actors ages 13-18 as part of the Summer Teen Intensive series!

Presenting Sponsor:  Otis-Magie Insurance Agency


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Hope & Despair. Tragedy & Love. Romeo & Juliet.
Dates

August 9-19, 2018


Showtimes

Thursday-Saturday @ 7pm  |  Sunday @ 2pm


West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet perform in rep by the Children’s Theatre Teen Intensive troupe.

Star-crossed lovers are separated by their allegiances but serve to unite the two shows. The hit musical West Side Story is based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Both versions of the tragic romance are performed by teens with all the quotable lines from The Bard and memorable songs of Bernstein and Sondheim including “Maria”, “America”, and “I Feel Pretty.” Performed by actors ages 13-18.

  • Individual tickets not yet on sale.
  • Performed by actors ages 13-18 as part of the Summer Teen Intensive series!

Presenting Sponsor:  Otis-Magie Insurance Agency


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