Children’s Theater Festival to take place May 14-17

The most famous and beloved little dog in children's literature, SPOT, will be featured in sensory-friendly performances located at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

The most famous and beloved little dog in children’s literature, SPOT, will be featured in sensory-friendly performances located at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the 29th annual EQT Children’s Theater Festival. This family-friendly festival will be held May 14-17 throughout the Cultural District in downtown Pittsburgh for kids of all ages.

The EQT Children’s Theater Festival brings diversity and unique experiences for everyone to enjoy. The festival is known for its ticketed performances from around the globe, free outdoor arts, music and installations, and unique free hands-on activities for people of all ages. The festival is opened to those of all ages.

This year’s festival will feature five sensational shows, along with one giant outdoor interactive art installation. While show times will occur throughout the day, many evening show times will be available.
There will also be new and exciting activities on the festival grounds for people to discover, and the hours this year will be extended from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to allow flexibility for families who want to explore more of the festival shows. While the performances and activities are planned throughout the Cultural District, the center of the festival is located in a pop up park on Penn Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets.

The 2015 EQT Children’s Theater Festival features ticketed performances by artistic companies from Denmark, Netherlands, Mexico, Australia and Scotland, along with a variety of free events happening throughout the Cultural District.

Food truck vendors will be offering food options on the Festival grounds. Vendors will only be accepting cash. Seating is available at the pop up LilyPad Park on Penn Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets.

Adventures of Robinhood – Visible Fiction – Scotland
In a forest somewhere near you, there is a band of brothers seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the poorly treated. They are lean, mean, trained justice-fighting machines. Armed with whatever comes their way, nothing is as it seems in Sherwood Forest, but one thing is for sure…no scoundrel is safe! 60 minutes. Best for ages 7+. (www.visiblefictions.co.uk)

Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
May 14 p.m.: 10:15 a.m.
May 15 p.m.: 10:15 a.m.
May 16 p.m.: 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.
May 17 p.m.: 11 a.m.

Manxmouse – Theatergroep Kwatta – Netherlands
Based on the book by Paul Gallico, Manxmouse is a play about being yourself told with puppets, animation, and music. The brave Manxmouse is one-of-a-kind. He has bright blue fur, huge rabbit ears, and a distinct lack of a tail. Follow Manxmouse on a journey filled with foxes, elephants, tigers, hawks, and cats big and small. 60 minutes. Best for ages 5+. (www.kwatta.info)

Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
May 14: 10:15 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
May 15: 10:15 a.m. & 7 p.m.
May 16: 2:45 p.m. & 7 p.m.
May 17: 11 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Umbo – Teatro Al Vacio – Mexico
A joyous, playful and stimulating experience for the youngest of audiences. Share a special moment with your little one in a colorful world filled with play, exploration and discovery. Follow Umbo as he grows-just like you! 30 minutes. Best for ages 6 months-4 years and their grown-ups. All children require a ticket since the show is created for babies and toddlers ages 6 months-4 years and their companions. One adult will sit with each baby. Additional adult companions or guests will be seated in chairs surrounding the playing space.
(teatroalvacio.blogspot.mx) *Food and beverage
service is not being offered for these performances.

Cabaret at Theater Square
May 14 p.m.: 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m.  & 2:30 p.m.
May 15 p.m.: 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
May 16 p.m.: 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m. & 4 p.m.
May 17 p.m.: 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m. & 4 p.m.

Spot – Theater Terra – Netherlands
With books published for over 30 years around the world, Spot by Eric Hill is the most famous and beloved little dog in children’s literature. Go along with Spot to the farm where all of the animals are lost. Spot and his friend Helen are going to need your help to find the animals and bring them back to the farm. Can you recognize the sounds of the animals and help find them? 50 minutes. Best for ages 3-7. (theaterterra.nl)

Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
***Sensory-friendly performance time, including reduced sound, modified lighting, etc.
May 14.: 12:15 p.m. & 7 p.m.
May 15: 12:15 p.m. & 7 p.m.
May 16: 10 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.***
May 17: 3 p.m. & 5:45 p.m.***

Hansel and Gretel – Teatret Gruppe 38 – Denmark
This production of Hansel and Gretel is based on the original by the Brothers Grimm. It stays true to the dark nature of the original story and is strictly for children ages 8+ and adults. This production includes dim lighting, moments of complete darkness, potentially startling theatrical moments, and themes such as abandonment and potential harm. 40 minutes. Best for ages 8-adults. Children under the age of 8 will not be admitted. No late seating. Please arrive 10 minutes before show time. (www.gruppe38.dk/en)

Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
May 14: 7 p.m.
May 15: 12:15 p.m., 7 p.m.
May 16: 11:45 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
May 17: 1 p.m.

Tickets begin at only $5 for the new giant outdoor installation and $8 for stage shows. Multi-show packs are available and offered for as low as $6 per show. Visit TrustArts.org/PGHkids, call 412-456-6666, or pick up tickets in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930, or email GroupSales@TrustArts.org.

The Festival grounds and featured performance venues are fully handicapped accessible. ASL interpreters are provided for featured performances upon request when requests are made.

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