Paper Mill Playhouse Announces the Winter-Spring 2012 Season of Children’s Programming

MILLBURN — Paper Mill Playhouse, a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to rediscovering and re-imagining classic musicals and plays, announced its Winter-Spring 2012 Season of Children’s Programming last week. The Children’s Theater Series provides engaging and educational performances for ages four and up.

“There’s nothing quite like a live theater experience,” said Mark S. Hoebee, producing artistic director at Paper Mill Playhouse. “Our Children’s Theater Series presents parents with an opportunity to introduce their children to live theater, while creating memories that will last a lifetime.”

All shows take place on select Saturdays and begin at 10 a.m. Tickets are $15-$20 for orchestra and box seats and $12 for mezzanine seats. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-973-376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at Paper Mill Playhouse gift cards, available in any denomination, can be purchased at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.

Paper Mill Playhouse Children’s Theater Schedule

Charlotte’s Web
Saturday, February 18, 2012. TheatreworksUSA
Ages 5 & up
Charlotte’s Web based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. This endearing tale explores the true meaning of friendship.

Ramona Quimby
Saturday, March 17, 2012. Two Beans Productions for TheatreworksUSA
Ages 6 & up
Ramona Quimby has delighted young readers for over 50 years through the books of Newbery Medal-winning writer Beverly Clearly. Now she comes to life on stage. Follow the latest breathless adventure of Ramona, the exasperating but lovable third-grader, her older sister Beezus, her Aunt Bea and others.

Saturday, March 31, 2012. TheatreworksUSA
Ages 5 & up
“Oh, the thinks you can think,” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters and stories hit the stage in this unforgettable musical adventure by Broadway veterans Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. The noble Horton the Elephant, the one-feathered bird Gertrude McFuzz and the antics of the Cat in the Hat steal the spotlight in one of Theatreworks’ largest-scale productions to date!

Henry & Mudge
Saturday, April 14. TheatreworksUSA
Ages 5 & up
Sometimes it’s tough being a kid, but life is a lot easier – and a lot more fun – when you’ve got a great big canine buddy to share your adventures! Follow the exploits of Henry and Mudge in this musical based on Cynthia Rylant’s best selling books.

Red Riding Hood & Other Stories, A Theater For Everyone Performance
Saturday, April 21, 2012. Pushcart Players
Ages 5 & up
Here is an enchanting collection of classic tales – Little Red Riding Hood, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea and Hans Christian Anderson’s All’s Well That Ends Well.
-A Paper Mill Playhouse “Theatre for Everyone” Presentation-
At this special performance, the theater environment will be altered to offer a comfortable, judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families:

  • Lights up inside the theater
  • Lower volume & consistent sound level
  • Kids free to talk and leave their seat (supervised)
  • Show runs about one-hour with an intermission
  • Chill-out space provided
  • Family bathrooms
  • BYO snacks & drinks
  • Online resource materials: “THIS IS MY THEATRE” Sequence Book may be downloaded at www.papermillorg. This version has no words so that parents may tailor the book for their own child by handwriting their own descriptions.
  • New to the theater experience? “MEET YOUR SEAT!” before the show! Join us for our FREE Open House on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, expressly for children to visit the theater space before the show. (no reservation required)

The Rainbow Fish
Saturday, May 5, 2012. ArtsPower National Touring Theatre
Ages 4 & up
The Rainbow Fish is used to being the most beautiful creature in the ocean, so when the other fish ask her for some silver scales, she refuses. How can she sacrifice the one thing that makes her so unique?

Skippyjon Jones
Saturday, May 12, 2012. TheatreworksUSA
Ages 5 & up
Skippyjon Jones is a little kitten with big ears and even bigger dreams! Sometimes he pretends to be anything BUT a Siamese cat! When Skippyjon Jones becomes convinced that he is really a Chihuahua, he begins a battle against a big bandito bee that teaches him to accept himself and his own gifts.

Theater for Everyone performances are supported by a grant from The Merck Company Foundation. Investors Bank is the sponsor of Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2011-2012 season.

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