April showers don’t bother StoryBook Theater’s A Little Mermaid. She is used to being wet--but she dreams of dancing on dry land. Walking and talking aren’t easy for a little mermaid and she is determined to trade in her tail for legs. In this original StoryBook Theater version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic, the audience will decide whether the Little Mermaid should keep her legs or high-tail it back to the sea. A Little Mermaid will visit Renton, Kirkland and Seattle from April 28 through May 20 for a total of 19 performances.
With an eye toward introducing the very youngest theater audiences to the magic and wonder of musical theater, StoryBook Theater’s professional all-local adult cast will travel the region to present this 55-minute musical production (geared toward 3-10-year olds). Tickets to A Little Mermaid are $10 for all patrons over 1 year of age.
4 Performances in Renton:
- Renton Carco Theater – 1717 Maple Valley Highway ; April. 28 & 29 @ 11am & 1pm.
12 Performances in Kirkland:
- Kirkland Performance Center – 350 Kirkland Ave ; May. 5 & 6 / 12 & 13 @ 11am, 1pm & 3pm. All 5/13 performances are ASL Interpreted.
3 Performances in Seattle:
- Museum of History & Industry – 2700 24th Ave. ; May 20 @ 11am, 1pm & 3pm
This Spring, on Studio East’s Mainstage, dozens of talented performing arts students will present both Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Disney’s My Son Pinocchio. Geared for youth ages 9 and over, Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy about love and relationships. It focuses on two couples: Claudio and Hero, a promised couple who must overcome obstacles before they can wed, and Beatrice and Benedick, long-time verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles who haven’t yet realized they love each other. Studio East’s production of Disney’s My Son Pinocchio is suitable for children age five and over. It’s the classic tale of an aging toymaker and his puppet, Pinocchio. Grammy Award-winner and master melodist Stephen Schwartz adds a compelling score of original songs to the beloved classics “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings.” The Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters join Geppetto in a journey beyond the Toy Shop to discover what makes the “perfect child.”
Much Ado About Nothing runs May 4-6. Tickets are $14 or $12 for youth/seniors.
4 Performances in Kirkland :
- Studio East Mainstage Theater -11730 118th Ave NE ; May 4 @ 7:30pm; May 5 @ 2:30pm & 7:30pm; May 6 @ 2:30 pm.
Studio East’s production of Disney’s My Son Pinocchio runs May 25-June 17, 2012. Tickets are $14. $12 for youth/seniors. $15 for the May 25 and 26 opening night gala events.
14 Performances in Kirkland :
- Studio East Mainstage Theater -11730 118th Ave NE ; May 25 & 26 galas @ 6:30pm; May 26 & 27 @ 2:30 pm; June 1, 8 & 15 @ 7:30 pm; June 2, 9 & 16 @ 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm; June 3, 10 & 17 @ 2:30 pm.
About Studio East
Studio East Training for the Performing Arts creates opportunities for young people to discover and explore the performing arts. It was founded in 1992 to provide theater arts education for children on the Eastside, in the belief that children can build confidence, leadership and teamwork skills through learning the discipline, dedication, and responsibility required by the art and craft of theater. Starting with one theater program for teens in 1992, Studio East has become one of the largest children’s theater training programs in the Seattle area. Today, Studio East serves over 70,000 people annually with a comprehensive program of drama classes, theater arts camps, Mainstage productions and StoryBook Theater shows for children from ages 3 through 19. 2012 will mark the beginning of Studio East’s 20th anniversary season.
StoryBook Theater, produced by Studio East, is an adult professional touring troupe that introduces young children to live theater at venues throughout the Puget Sound area.