We are so fortunate here in Pittsburgh to have a Cultural Trust dedicated to bringing amazing top notch performances into town and offering residents of all ages the chance to enjoy a show. You all know how much I love the theater and how it think it is one of the best experiences you can share with your children, and I am happy to share with you a very affordable way to introduce live theater to your family, The Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Family Series presented by Citizen’s Bank. The first PICT show we ever saw was Junie B Jones when my daughter was in first grade, since that time we have seen many other shows and have always enjoyed each and every one.
Each year The Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, brings series of fun filled, imaginative, live shows geared toward children ages 3-12 not only to Downtown, but also into 6 school auditoriums throughout the suburbs, making even easier to see a show close to home. The venues for this season are: the city; The Byham Theater, the East; Gateway High School, the North; Marshall Middle School, the West; Moon Area High School, the South; Mellon Middle School, Butler; Seneca Valley Senior High School. Tickets for these shows are only $9 in advance and $11 at the door the day of the show, an extremely affordable day of fun and culture for your family.
2012 -2013 Citizen’s Bank Family Series Shows
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books
October 14 – 21, 2012
Step right up for a sparkling revue of mini-musicals based on the books If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Amazing Grace, Borreguita and the Coyote, Imogene’s Antlers, Master Man, Math Curse and Owen. It is a show chock full of lessons about winning.
Best for ages 3-10
The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare
November 11 -19, 2012
Don’t miss two classic stories told with spectacular glow in the dark electroluminescent wire (EL Wire) puppets. Broadway.com describes their puppetry as “an eye-popping display of storytelling that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen.” Relive two timeless stories about transformation, acceptance, patience and beauty in a visually stunning production that will appeal to all ages.
Best for ages 3-adult
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
January 6 – 13, 2013
Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score. Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure – plus a few special surprises!
Best for ages 3-10, 55 minutes
February 10 – 17, 2013
When the family dog eats a bowl of alphabet soup, the letters go up to her brain instead of down to her belly and Martha literally becomes outspoken! A new musical adapted from the Martha Speaks book series by Susan Meddaugh and the PBS Kids TV series.
Best for ages 3-10
Approx. 60 minutes
March 22 – 23, 2013
Join “Yesac Elrac The Bubblemaniac” and “Bub” in their world of inflatable furniture, pools and psychedelic liquids where the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Doug Rougeux and Casey Carle, Ringling Bros. and Cirque du Soleil veterans, create a soapy circus through a unique fusion of theater, visual art, clowning, jazz, improvisation and brilliant bubbling. A show for the whole family that is both eye-popping and hysterical.
Best for ages 3 to 10
Approximately 60 minutes
For show schedules and location info please click HERE
Individual show tickets as well as subscription packages can be purchased by calling 412-456-6666, by going online to pgharts.org.
Enjoy the show!