2017-2018 Children's Theatre Shows Announced
Families, get ready: Another spectacualr season from the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theater is on its way and it includes some of your very children's books and stories.
The 2017-2018 season will feature six Main Stage shows—which will your youngsters be the most excited about?
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Sept. 22-Oct. 8: Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, the bestselling writer and illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, are back with another adorable farmyard adventure – Giggle, Giggle, Quack. This time around Farmer Brown is off on a much-needed vacation, leaving his brother Bob in charge with one crucial word of advice: “Keep an eye on Duck. He’s trouble.” What could possibly go wrong?
Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium
Oct. 27-Nov. 12: Adapted from R. L. Stine’s "Phantom of the Auditorium," this weird and wacky musical is sure to bring a tickle and a chill. Follow Zeke and Brooke and all the other young thespians of Woods Mill Middle School as they put on the best darn musical ever – even better than last year’s Guys and Dolls. But be prepared for a goose-bumpy ride from first auditions to opening night as things go mysteriously awry.
Mother Goose Christmas
Dec. 1-17: It is nearly Christmas time in the land of nursery rhymes, and all of Mother Goose’s little friends are doing their very best to be good. Mary, Mary is far from contrary; the Tweedles have put their differences aside; Wee Willie Winkie is in bed by eight; and Little Jack Horner is keeping his thumbs to himself – all in hope that Saint Nicholas soon will be there!
The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats
Feb. 2–18, 2018: What is more delightful than waking to find the world covered with fresh snow? What is more awesome than bundling up and trundling out into that white serenity to feel the crisp crunch-crunch-crunch underfoot and the brand-new-ness of creation all around? Come join little Peter as he explores these delights and many more in "The Snowy Day and Other Stories" by Ezra Jack Keats.
Junie B. Jones is Not A Crook
March 9-30, 2018: What a day for Junie B. Jones. Someone took her gorgeous new furry fur mittens, and they didn’t put them in the lost and found box! But then she found the coolest new pen of many colors. Finders keepers, losers weepers! Right? But wait. Does that mean finders keepers on her mittens too? And on top of all that, there’s a dreamy new boy – let’s call him Handsome Warren – in kindergarten. Can you “finder keeper” a boyfriend? Find out in this uproarious comedy by Allison Gregory based on the book series by Barbara Park.
April 27-May 13, 2018: One day, a lovable wanderer came upon a little house at the end of a long road. “Hello inside,” he called. “Is anyone home? I’m a hungry traveler who wants food to feed his tummy.” A little woman peeked out and smiled. Then she opened her door. Delighted, the traveler stepped inside to discover a treasure even more precious than a pot of delicious soup: he found a friend. Earnest charm, playful imagination, and heart-warming music are the key ingredients in this fresh, nourishing new play.
Tickets for each show are $12.50 for general admission and $10 for Arkansas Arts Center members. Each show also includes a Pay What You Can preview performance at 7 p.m. the Thursday before opening night.
Information about season ticket packages, including three and six-play packs, is available here.
Showtimes for each production are Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Junie B. Jones Show will also have spring break matinees March 22-25 at 2 p.m.
For more information on any of the shows or to purchase tickets, visit the Arkansas Arts Center website.