Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Childsplay's 2017 / 2018 Season!


THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH
By Susan Nanus, Based on the book by Norton Juster
AGES 6 AND UP

Weekends, Sept. 17 - Oct. 15, 2017: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater

Price: TBD

Even surrounded by dozens of toys, Milo is bored. Nothing interests him at all. The Phantom Tollbooth comes to the rescue! Transported to the Land of Wisdom, Milo is thrust into adventure when told Princesses Rhyme and Reason need rescuing to bring peace between two kings. They are divided over which is more important: words or numbers. Knee-deep in danger, language and math along the way, Milo learns everything has a purpose. Upon his return home, he realizes there is never a reason to be bored in a world full of so many things to discover.

Estimated Run Time:  60 minutes + 10 min. Q&A

TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY
By José Cruz González, Music and Lyrics by José Cruz González, Music Arranged and Performed by Adam Jacobson, Adapted from the book by Pat Mora
AGES 5 AND UP

Weekends, Oct. 21 - Nov. 12, 2017: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

Price: TBD

Tomás loves stories! Papa Grande tells them to him todas las noches but soon Tomás knows all of them by heart. One day while his family is in Iowa picking crops, Tomás meets the Library Lady and nothing is ever the same again. Based on the true story of Tomás Rivera and the book by Pat Mora, this play is a celebration of reading, imagination and creativity.

Estimated Run Time:  45 mins + 10 min. Q&A

GO, DOG. GO!
By Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz, Based on the book by P.D. Eastman, Music by Michael Koerner
AGES 3 AND UP

Weekends, Nov. 25 - Dec. 23, 2017: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm) + various holiday performances

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater

Price: TBD

Go, Dog. Go! brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman’s book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs—with cars, hats, a moonlit boat ride, and even a wild game of ball—as this hilarious visual spectacle manages to sneak in some important lessons about life between innings. Go, Dog. Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking, and of course, six lovable dogs!

Estimated Run Time:  60 mins. + 10 min. Q&A

A CHRISTMAS CAROL 
WITH KATIE MCFADZEN
AGES 9 AND UP

Weekends Dec. 1 - Dec. 24, 2017: Fridays (7pm) + various holiday performances

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater

Price: TBD

Don’t miss one of the Valley’s most celebrated comedic actresses, Katie McFadzen, as she brings to vivid life Charles Dickens’s famous A Christmas Carol – all by herself. Using Dickens’s own immortal words, this one-woman tour-de-force will bring you the heartwarming story like you’ve never seen or heard it before. Dickens’s famous Christmas message is sure to be just the sugarplum your family is looking for this holiday season.

Approximate Run Time:  80 mins.


THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS
By Jerome Hairston, Based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats
AGES 3 AND UP

Weekends, Jan. 21 - March 11, 2018: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

Price: TBD

The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall! Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow angels in this imaginative play about childhood joys and the challenges of growing up. Using innnovative shadow puppetry, Keats’ treasured characters come to life in this humourous and fun adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and The Snowy Day.

Approximate Runtime:  60 min. + 10 min. Q&A

MADDI'S FRIDGE
By Ann Negri, Based on the book by Lois Brandt
AGES 5 AND UP

Weekends, March 31 - April 8, 2018: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

Price: TBD

Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park. But when Sofia learns a secret about Maddi’s fridge, she’s faced with a difficult decision:  to keep her promise or tell her parents about Maddi’s empty fridge. Based on the book by Lois Brandt, this heartwarming and hilarious play is a story about honesty, sensitivity and instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy and helping others!

Approximate Runtime:  45 min. + 10 min. Q&A

FLORA & ULYSSES
By John Glore, Adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo
AGES 6 AND UP

Weekends, April 22 - May 20, 2018: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)

Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

Price: $12 - $26

Holy Baguma! After getting sucked up by a vacuum cleaner, a (now hairless) squirrel is rescued by Flora Belle Buckman, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed cynic. She names him Ulysses and discovers he has been reborn with powers of strength, flight and misspelled poetry. Together they embark on an adventure full of quirky characters and bursting with heart.

Approximate Runtime:  80 min. + 10 min. Q&A

*Please note:  Play titles and performance dates are subject to change.

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