Saturday, May 9, 2015

Childsplay announces their 2015 / 2016 Season!



SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL

By John Olive, Adapted from Louis Sachar's Wayside School Novels


AGES 6 AND UP

Weekends, Sept. 13 - Oct. 18, 2015: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)
Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater
Price: $12 - $25
In this wacky world, life lessons come flying from every angle! Based on Louis Sachar’s beloved children's books, Sideways Stories from Wayside School brings to life an elementary school thirty stories high where the oddest things can happen. Wicked teachers turn students to apples. Pigtails become snakes. And somewhere in the building, we know there is a wandering cow. This hilarious, fun-filled ride will start the school year with learning and laughter! 

THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD

By Miriam Gonzales

AGES 7 AND UP
Weekends Oct. 25 – Nov. 22, 2015: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)
Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio
Price: $12 - $25
This heartfelt, warm, and witty play by Miriam Gonzales tells the story of Leo and Lizzy Martinez, latch-key children of hardworking parents. Leo is convinced that winning a local TV quiz show and becoming “the smartest kids in the world” can really change things for their family. But when their parents refuse to let Leo participate and Lizzy learns there are deeper issues driving him, she decides to grow up, step up and rescue the plan—and her family—along the way.  


A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD

Music By Robert Reale, Book and Lyrics By Willie Reale, Based on the Books by Arnold Lobel

AGES 5 AND UP
Weekends, Nov. 15 - Dec. 27, 2015: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)
Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater
Price: $12 - $25
Celebrate the holidays with the best friends you’ll ever know! Frog and Toad couldn’t be more different. But when they spend a year together, it is nothing but magic. With a snow storm, a sled, and an oven full of cookies, the hilarious misadventures of these two friends make for a holiday classic you won’t want to miss. The Tony-nominated musical based on Arnold Lobel’s much-loved characters just might become your family’s new holiday tradition! 

PERÔ, OR THE MYSTERY OF THE NIGHT

By Guus Ponsioen

AGES 7 AND UP
Weekends Jan. 24 – Feb. 7, 2016: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)
Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio
Price: $12 - $25
The sun and the moon narrate this beautiful fairy tale told with puppets, music and magic. The adventure of Perô, the baker, and Columbina, the washer woman, is a visually stunning experience for audiences of all ages. This international collaboration brings the award-winning artistic team from Speeltheatre Holland back to Childsplay for an unforgettable new production. 

GOODNIGHT MOON

Script, Music and Lyrics by Chad Henry, Based on the book by Margaret Wise Brown

AGES 3 AND UP
Weekends, Feb. 14 - Apr. 10, 2016: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)
Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio
Price: $12 - $25
One of the world’s most loved bedtime stories comes to life! It’s seven o’clock in the great green room. It’s time to go to sleep but Bunny isn’t ready. With the help of his friends and a few magical moments, he is finally ready to say goodnight. Imagine alongside the kittens and mittens, the bears and the chairs, the red balloon, and of course the moon! Make your own memories in this musical version of the delightful tale.  

PETE, OR THE RETURN OF PETER PAN

By Dwayne Hartford

AGES 6 AND UP
Weekends April 24 – May 22, 2016: Saturdays (1 & 4pm), Sundays (1pm)
Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Theater
Price: $12 - $25
Peter Pan and Wendy return like you’ve never seen them before! Wendy has grown up hearing stories from her grandmother about her childhood adventures in Neverland. She never really believed them until Peter Pan arrives with fairy dust and she and her brother find themselves in the greatest adventures of their lives! Not content to sit and clean house, Wendy jumps into a world of pirates, fairies, ninjas and pterodactyls finding out firsthand what it really means to believe. This magical new play will be founder David Saar’s last production as Childsplay’s Artistic Director. Written by incoming Artistic Director, Dwayne Hartford, this story will look back on Childsplay’s legacy and look forward to a new and brilliant future. 

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