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Get to Know: Morgan’s Journey

Published April 10th, 2017 by | Comments Off on Get to Know: Morgan’s Journey

Morgan’s Journey  is one of the shows featured at the International Children’s Theater Festival this May. The show will be in the Gund Dance Studio on Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 p.m. 

Ticket are only $15 and can be purchase here.

Morgan’s Journey, originally created by Robert Morgan and director David Craig, is a captivating exploration of joyous yet challenging childhood experiences that offers audiences a unique opportunity for active participation. From the moment of his birth, audiences follow Morgan the Clown on a journey of discovery, delighting in the presents he receives, especially his last one, a wise sock puppet who becomes his companion. Encountering inevitable growing pains, Morgan learns a valuable and moving lesson about love and the true meaning of friendship. This production, with a creative drama post-play experience is the perfect show to transition your child into the world of theater.

Experience a world of live performance as Playhouse Square presents its 8th Annual International Children’s Theater Festival, May 6-7, 2017. The festival will give your children and grandchildren an unique enriching live theater experience with performances from around the world, free fun activities and so much more.
Click here to learn more about the International Children’s Theater Festival!

Get to Know: Grug and The Rainbow

Published March 29th, 2017 by | Comments Off on Get to Know: Grug and The Rainbow

Experience a world of live performance as Playhouse Square presents its 8th Annual International Children’s Theater Festival, May 6-7, 2017. The festival will give your children and grandchildren an unique enriching live theater experience with performances from around the world, free fun activities and so much more. Click here to learn more about the International Children’s Theater Festival!

One of these amazing shows featured at this year’s festival is, Grug and the Rainbow. Based on the much loved picture book character created by Ted Prior, and brought to you by the Windmill Theatre company from Australia, Grug is perfect for ages 3-6, and fun for the whole family!

Ted Prior’s hugely popular character, Grug, is brought to life for our very young theatre lovers as he begins his life on the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, Grug is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss.

When dancing instructions are too difficult to understand, he invents his own dance and calls it ‘The Grug’, and when snails eat his cabbages, Grug plants more cabbages so there will be enough for both him and the snails. This beloved production is a must see!

Grug and the Rainbow will be featured in the Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre on Saturday, May 6 at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. 

Ticket are only $15 and can be purchased here.

10 Things Children Gain from Theater

Published March 19th, 2014 by | Comments Off on 10 Things Children Gain from Theater

Theater is a thrilling, creative, mind-opening experience for all of us, but what exactly can theater contribute to the lives of our children? In honor of “World Theatre for Children and Young People Day”, here are 10 solid reasons to involve your child in theater:

 1. Imagination

Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Theater fosters your child’s imagination by transporting them to another space and time. They begin to realize anything they can imagine can come to life through art.

 2. Laughter

Humor makes everything better. Theater brings learning to life by making it engaging and exciting!

 3. Curiosity

Children are naturally curious. Theater causes children to question even more, which helps them form their own decisions and opinions.

 4. Improved Academic Performance

There are many studies demonstrating a significant link between arts education and educational success. Test scores are just one aspect:

  • Students involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscored non-arts students on the 2005 SAT by an average of 65 points in the verbal component and 34 points in the math component
  • Students involved in drama performance scored an average of 65.5 points higher on the verbal component and 35.5 points higher in the math component of the SAT

 SAT Scores(The College Entrance Examination Board)

 5. Emotional Intelligence / Empathy

Empathy needs to be practiced, especially in today’s world. By sympathizing with characters in theater performances, children can begin to understand what it means to empathize. They also gain a better understanding of non-verbal communication and learn how to interact effectively with others.

 6. Exposure to Different Cultures and Perspectives

Theater allows children to put themselves in the shoes of another person, perhaps with a different viewpoint than their own. This fosters understanding and acceptance, while expanding their worldview.

 7. Confidence

Performing in front of an audience for the first time is nerve-wracking to say the least, but eventually, overcoming this fear makes children feel an overwhelming sense of pride. They realize they can accomplish anything with practice. This confidence is transferred to all aspects of their lives, including academics.

 8. Creative Outlet for Expression

One of the biggest benefits of the arts is that they provide an outlet for expression and are a productive use of energy. The creativity developed through theater will set children apart and allow them to excel in their future careers.

 9. Problem Solving Skills

Theater helps children learn without them even realizing it! While watching a production, children witness a conflict and solution process. While working on a production, they will be faced with script, actor, or staging problems that require a quick, creative solution. These experiences help children form critical problem-solving skills.

 10. Friends / Team-building

Theater isn’t mean to be experienced alone. By participating in theater, children can bond with current friends while making new ones. They learn about teamwork and compromising with others, both essential to their careers and to their lives.

Looking for ways to bring theater into your child’s life? Make sure to stop by PlayhouseSquare’s International Children’s Festival from May 6 – 14! http://www.playhousesquare.org/childrensfestival/

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