|From the Coalition for Children’s Theatre, a sponsored project of the Austin Circle of Theaters.
|Dougherty Arts Center
|1110 Barton Springs Road
|Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:00 am
|Saturdays at 3:00 pm
|Tickets $4.50 All Age
|Groups larger than 20 call for group rates
|Family PlayPasses of 8 tickets for $30 – use one at a time or in multiples
|Call The Box Office at 454-TIXS
|The Harms Marionettes presents…
|Cinderella, a new script by Kathy Piper. Master Puppeteer Don Harms provides a retelling of theis classic story, where Alfredo, the fairy godfather, helps Cinderella attend the King’s Ball and provides a friendly surprise ending to the story. The performance is followed by a brief introduction to the puppets of marionette theater. (45 minutes) Ages 6 and up.
|Jill in the Box Productions presents…
|Babi’s Tales of Africa, by Verna Jeanine Rogers. This performance features West African dance and drumming and tells about a yound girl’s adventure with a crocodile. Utilizing colorful costumes and masks, young audience members will be taken on a journey that explores Nigerian language and folktales. The performance is followed by an African dance lesson. (45 minutes) Ages 3 and up.
|Zachary Scott Theatre Center’s Project Interact presents…
|Charlotte’s Web, a dramatization by Joseph Robinette of E.B. White’s classic novel. Wilbur, a young pig, learns the value of true friendship from a tiny brown spider, Charlotte. This production utilizes life-size puppets and live actors to tell this story of cooperation and communication in the animal kingdom. (55 minutes) Ages 6 and up.
|February 25-March 1
|Back by Popular Demand, Mary Shaver, Puppeteer Extraordinaire, returns to Playfest for her second year. Olympian Tales is a shadow puppet competition that features Goat, Inchworm and Pig performing familiar Olympic games. The retelling of a classic Greek tale rounds out this performance. Young audiences will be introduced to puppets from around the world and will produce their very own small card hand puppet. (50 minutes) Ages 3 and up.
|University of Texas Dept. of Theater and Dance presents…
|An original play by UT Alum Weseley Middleton, The Tomato Plant Girl. A performance involving movement, music and magic which ceners around the joys and tyrannies of friendship among little girls, this comedy utilizes a "tomato spirit" – a force of nature more vegetable than human – to probe the themes of self-esteem, peer pressure, loyalty and self-worth. (55 minutes) Ages 5 and up.
|Storyteller, Bernadette Nason, concludes the spring festival with Rabbit Tales, three folktales about the antics of "Rabbit." The stories are performed within a 1920’s silent movie framework and feature folktales from England, Jamaica and Africa. With the assistance of creative partner Judy Matetzshk, this storytelling hour promises to entertain both young and old alike. (50 minutes) Ages 4 and up.