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10 Reasons to Attend the International Children’s Theater Festival!

Published May 1st, 2017 by | Comments Off on 10 Reasons to Attend the International Children’s Theater Festival!

We have a million reasons why you should attend the International Children’s Theater Festival on May 6-7, and we were able to narrow it down to 10 to get you started. Enjoy!

1. It is first and foremost family friendly

This festival is a place for BOTH you and your children to dance, play and have fun, so stop by and unleash your inner child! What better way to introduce your children to the world of theater than through the International Children’s Theater Festival at Playhouse Square?

2. Pedal Punk


This show is featuring a 20-foot-high, pedal-powered mechanical masterpiece, where the performers will leave you amazed with a heart-pounding pole drop, awesome aerial acts and high-flying tricks (on a trampoline!).

3. The Moon’s a Balloon

A balloon can be a friend to play with or a maker of friendships. The Moon’s a Balloon visual theater production is inspired by a poem by e.e. cummings which suggests all sorts of possibilities reside in the simplest of things.

4. Balloons, face painting & magicians

Need we say more? These free actives and stations will be taking place throughout the weekend. Click here to see our complete schedule of shows and activities.

5. Grug and the Rainbow


Meet Grug, 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.

6. Morgan’s Journey


You will embark on a journey of discovery, in Morgan’s Journey, when Morgan the clown, delighted in the presents he receives, finds a wise sock puppet who becomes his companion.

7. Visit the passport stations and get a taco! 

There will be passport stations, sponsored by Talespinner Children’s Theatre, containing incredible masks, beautiful costumes & more. And upon finishing your journey at each station your little ones can enjoy a FREE taco at Puente Viejo, located at 1220 Huron Rd! (*Tacos will be only be awarded to children with completed passports.)

8. The Junkyard & Truck


Enter an immersive experience in a world of re-imagined recyclables, where travelers will create and personalize crafts to be used as they travel through The Junkyard. Then, through Bridgman Packer’s signature integration of live performance and video technology, an ordinary 17- foot U-Haul box truck will evolve from the utilitarian into a re-imagined space, a micro-world of visions and transformation in Truck.

9. Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players

The two-time Grammy nominee, Justin Roberts is truly one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene. See his free performances on the U.S. Bank Plaza!

10 .Your favorite downtown destination

Enjoy your time in our historic theaters, delicious restaurants and don’t forget to take your photo underneath the GE chandelier!

 

For more information about the International Children’s Theater Festival, click here.

Until then we’ll see you May 6-7!

Get to Know: Pedal Punk

Published April 24th, 2017 by | Comments Off on Get to Know: Pedal Punk

Pedal Punk  is one of the shows featured in the International Children’s Theater Festival, on Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. Learn more about this rowdy circus on wheel and purchase tickets, for only $10-15,  here!

 

Enter the world of Pedal Punk, a Steampunk inspired place where cycling is the way to escape the technology obsessed society. This production, featuring a 20-foot-high, pedal-powered mechanical masterpiece, the performers amaze with a heart-pounding pole drop, awesome aerial acts, and high-flying tricks (on a trampoline!). In Pedal Punk we experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a wacky bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes, he repairs more than broken pieces.  He creates wondrous machines and inspires the cyclist in all of us to become a Pedal Punk. With every spin of a sprocket and rattle of a wrench, the quirky cast of characters transforms a bevy of bikes into an astounding assortment or acrobatic apparatus in this adrenaline-fueled circus for the whole family. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

The 8th Annual International Children’s Theater Festival, May 6-7, 2017, and 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: The Moon’s a Balloon

Published April 17th, 2017 by | Comments Off on Get to Know: The Moon’s a Balloon

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!

The Moon’s a Balloon is one of the innovative shows that is part of the International Children’s Theater Festival this year. It’s the perfect family show!

A balloon can be a friend to play with or a maker of friendships. It can hold its breath for days and disappear in an instant. It can make your hair stand on end and fill you with laughter. A balloon can be something loved or something lost; something shared or something broken. A balloon can be anything you need it to be. Inspired by a poem by e.e. cummings, The Moon’s a Balloon suggests that all sorts of possibilities reside in the simplest of things.

Exploration, play and invention are at the heart of the way children make friends. The Moon’s a Balloon is a visual-theater production that celebrates the possibilities of play, the making of friendships, and the wonder of creation. Simple white balloons, two performers, and a musician can, through exploration, play and search for meaning, give rise to a rich variety of composition, beauty, laughter, wonder, joy, and story, and delight and inspire the hearts and minds of the audience.

The Moon’s a Balloon will be featured in the Ohio Theatre on Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and on Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m. 

Ticket are only $10-15 and can be purchased here.

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.

Patti Smith and Her Band perform Horses anniversary tour!

Published February 20th, 2017 by | Comments Off on Patti Smith and Her Band perform Horses anniversary tour!

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Patti Smith is coming to the State Theatre on March 12! Here’s a little more information about her anticipated performance. 

Horses, the landmark recording that continues to have resonance and relevance for today’s generations of musicians and artists, will be performed in its entirety by Rock Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Smith. Forty-plus years later, performance poet/visual artist Patti, will be joined by her original band members, Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty, plus bassist / keyboardist Tony Shanahan, who has been a part of her band for twenty years. Together they will celebrate the longevity and lasting influence of Horses, with their series of special shows centered around the album.

Known as the “Godmother of Punk”, Patti has paved the way for so many other female musicians joining rock and poetry into her songs. The album, Horses, has since been viewed by critics as one of the greatest and most influential albums in the history of the American punk rock movement, as well as one of the greatest albums of all time. This is a musical event that you won’t want to miss!

For more information about Patti Smith, click here to listen to the the Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross on NPR about her career and her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Steven Sebring photos from the Beacon

Photo credit: Steven Sebring

Go see legendary singer-songwriter, Patti Smith and Her Band perform Horses at the State Theatre on Sunday, March 12, 2017 8 p.m. Click here to buy your tickets now!

The magnificent Shen Yun returns!

Published January 31st, 2017 by | Comments Off on The magnificent Shen Yun returns!

Let Shen Yun take you on a magical journey February 4-5 at the State Theatre.

Click here for tickets

 “5,000 years of Chinese music and dance in one night.”-The New York Times

Shen Yun shared the beautiful world of China’s divine civilization. Classic Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dances, authentic costumes, and breathtaking backdrops will do the storytelling, all accompanies by an enchanting orchestral sound. It’s a stunning experience that will leave you amazed and inspired. This show captures the spirit of a culture long lost. The show moves quickly through regions, dynasties and legends. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with color and energy. Tremendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums, and masterful vocalists are all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world.

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Its grand production astonishes global audiences with nearly 100 artists, 400 handmade costumes, and a live orchestra with Western and Chinese instruments. There are also stage props that help strengthen a dancer’s ability to convey intricate emotions. When used to maximum effect, they add to the dances an extra lively spark, forming stunning images of beauty and splendor onstage.

In recent years, Shen Yun dances have featured a range of unexpected props, each telling a story. Fluttering fans bloom like the petals of a delicate flower. Umbrellas twirl in refreshing drizzle. An embroidery hoop seamlessly accents a lady’s feminine grace. A well-bound book marks the learned scholar. A solitary Daoist journeys with a magical whisk. A long silk ribbon, dyed in rainbow hues, returns to the heavens as a fairy’s companion.While the young general Han Xin sports a Chinese sword known as baojian, Mulan’s warriors face enemies armed with shields and broadswords called dao. Archers train with drawn bows, and nothing radiates power like a formation of Tang dynasty men pounding their battle drums. The props, bright costumes and story-telling dances, paired with beautiful music are just a few of the elements that make this a must see show.

Find out why artists and theatergoers around the world are calling Shen Yun “breathtaking,”“mesmerizing,” “a miracle,” and “inspiring.” Allow yourself to be taken away to distant lands and ancient legends. Don’t miss Shen Yun and discover how you,too, can be inspired!

Photo credit: instagram.com/shenyunperformingarts

 

 

Shen Yun has become a highly anticipated show and many have become loyal fans. Are you one of those loyal fans?

Click here to test your show knowledge with some Shen Yun trivia.

 

 

 

 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas returns!

Published December 13th, 2016 by | Comments Off on Mannheim Steamroller Christmas returns!

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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas returns to Playhouse Square on Saturday, December 17 with music by Chip Davis. The show has been a favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 31st Anniversary of the group’s annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music.

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1. Mannheim has sold over 40 million albums, outselling artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel, making them one of the top 50 best selling artists during the past two decades.

2. Chip has developed a patent-pending music therapy system. Ambient Therapy combines music with natural sounds and is being used by Mayo Clinic, Wake Forest, Walter Reed and other medical facilities.

3. Mannheim Steamroller has transformed Halloween music just as it did with the sounds of Christmas. The band is the top selling Halloween artist today.

4. The Recording Industry Association of America has awarded 16 gold records, 7 platinum and 4 multi-platinum to Mannheim Steamroller.

5. The top-selling non-music product on the Mannheim Steamroller website is Cinnamon Hot Chocolate and the hottest selling ring tone for mobile phones is “Carol of the Bells”.

6. Mannheim Steamroller is the #1 Christmas music artist of all time, selling over 27 million albums which is the second highest Christmas artist to Elvis Presley.

7. The band’s name came from Mannheim, Germany where Mozart lived and is the name for an 18th century musical technique known as the crescendo.

8. Mannheim has sold over 40 million albums, outselling artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel, making them one of the top 50 best selling artists during the past two decades.

9. If you lined up all the CDs sold, they would stretch from New York to Los Angeles and then into the Pacific Ocean — more than 3000 miles!

10. Chip has created two traveling troupes for the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour to meet continuing popular demand even after 25 years. For more fun facts about Mannheim Steamroller click here.

Join in the 30th Anniversary celebration of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas and get your tickets now.

Yule love the holiday shows at Playhouse Square

Published December 7th, 2016 by | Comments Off on Yule love the holiday shows at Playhouse Square

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On Friday, Dec. 9 or Saturday, Dec. 10 go see the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: A CJO Christmasperforming their upcoming recording, “Have yourself a Swinging Jazzy Christmas”. They will be joined by exploding jazz star Nia Drummond at the Hanna Theatre. Get tickets here.

Sunday, Dec. 11, the  Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: Jingle Bell Matinee will be led by Paul Ferguson with guest Nia Drummond at the Hanna Theatre. Enjoy a family-friendly version of their celebrated holiday concert, featuring a shortened program, $10 tickets for all and the popular interactive instrument “petting zoo.” Get tickets here.

You can also catch the Straight No Chaser: 20th Anniversary Tour on Sunday, Dec. 11 in the State Theatre! This group captives the sound of ten unadulterated human voices that have come together to make extraordinary music which has moved people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. Get tickets here.

To help get you through the holiday hustle, enjoy Straight No Chaser’s “I’ll Have Another… Christmas Album” playlist.

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Almost Like Being in Love: The Songs of Lerner & Loewe

Published November 1st, 2016 by | Comments Off on Almost Like Being in Love: The Songs of Lerner & Loewe

The Musical Theater Project (TMTP) is bringing a “docu-concert”, or live documentary, to Playhouse Square! What is a “docu-concert” you ask? Well TMTP defines it as, a combination of live performances with dozens of rare still images and video clips. Almost Like Being in Love: The Songs of Lerner & Loewe, coming Saturday, November 20, will showcase the finest theater songs while exploring the cultural and historical impact of musical theater as an American art form.

Learn about the remarkable story of two men, Alan Jay Lerner and Fredrick Loewe, who saw the world the same way, and wrote straight from their hearts. Alan Jay Lerner was a well-bred New Yorker with a Harvard education, and composer Frederick Loewe was a 17 year old who was also classically trained. The two great romantics fashioned four of the most beloved and romantic musicals of all time:

My Fair Lady, Camelot,

Brigadoon and Gigi

During the show you’ll hear your favorite songs from all four musicals, including “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” “Gigi” and “Almost Like Being in Love”—and so much more.

Click here to get your tickets!

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