Premiere Stages Announces Play Factory Performances for Kids

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The Stepmother helps to prepare Cinderella to be wed in Pushcart Players' Happily Ever After. Pictured (L-R): Tricia Burr, Megan MacKenzie Lawrence. Photo by Strotz Photography.

The Stepmother helps to prepare Cinderella to be wed in Pushcart Players’ Happily Ever After. Pictured (L-R): Tricia Burr, Megan MacKenzie Lawrence. Photo by Strotz Photography.

UNION – Premiere Stages at Kean University will partner with two renowned touring theatres for young audiences for its 2013 Play Factory Series, an annual performance series designed specifically for children. This year, Premiere Stages will present Yates Musical Theatre’s The Wizard of Oz on Wednesday, July 17 at 10 a.m. and Pushcart Players’ take on Cinderella, Happily Ever After, on Wednesday, July 24 at 10 a.m. in Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre.

Every summer, Premiere Stages collaborates with other professional theatres to offer dynamic theatre programming exclusively for children. The Play Factory Series provides a summer arts experience for children and their families, with performances open to the public as well as school and camp groups. Pre-performance study guides are available upon request, and post-show discussions with the artists further deepen the experience. Through sponsorships, Premiere is able to offer free and deeply-discounted tickets to underserved youth and students with special needs.

The cast of Yates Musical Theatre's The Wizard of Oz. Courtesy of Yates Musical Theatre.

The cast of Yates Musical Theatre’s The Wizard of Oz. Courtesy of Yates Musical Theatre.

Yates Musical Theatre’s The Wizard of Oz is a vibrant adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s treasured classic, in which Dorothy travels over the rainbow and follows the fabled yellow-brick road. Children will join the fun and experience the perils beside Dorothy and her friends in this jubilant, song-filled journey, and learn the meaning of friendship and the value of teamwork along the way.

 

Cinderella joyously prepares to attend the royal ball at the palace in Pushcart Players' Happily Ever After. Pictured (L-R): Daniel Stanton, Megan MacKenzie Lawrence. Photo by Melody Moore Photography.

Cinderella joyously prepares to attend the royal ball at the palace in Pushcart Players’ Happily Ever After. Pictured (L-R): Daniel Stanton, Megan MacKenzie Lawrence. Photo by Melody Moore Photography.

Based on the beloved fairy tale Cinderella, Pushcart Players’ Happily Ever After  takes kids on a “once-upon-a-time” journey. Young audiences will be transformed by this familiar story that helps children to think about who they are, what they value, how they behave, and how they treat themselves and other people. Featuring hip original music, zany contemporary humor, and sparkling visual surprises, this legendary tale speaks to everyone in search of their own “happily ever after.”

Standard tickets for both performances are $15, with special group rates available. In addition to the standard group discount, groups of 20 or more that reserve by April 1 will receive an additional $50 off the total price of their purchase; groups of 10-20 reserving by April 1 will receive $25 off.

Wilkins Theatre is located on the Kean University campus at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. 07083. For further information, visit www.kean.edu/premierestages or call 1-908-737-4092. For those interested in arranging a group, please contact Heather Kelley, Premiere Stages’ Audience Services Coordinator, at 1-908-737-4077 or hkelley@kean.edu.


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