MAY 8, 2013

Childsplay Announces 2013-14 Season 

Inventive theatre company's new season ranges from classic Robin Hood to a new production of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
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TEMPE, Ariz. – Childsplay announces its 37th year of producing theatre for young audiences with its 2013-14 Season.  The season is a collection of sentimental classics and new works.  

Flex tickets for the new season are currently on sale, giving families the best seats at the lowest price with ultimate flexibility.  Flex tickets are $17 with a minimum purchase of 6 tickets that can be used for any show during the 2013-14 Season.  Flex Tickets are available at or by calling 480-921-5700.

Childsplay has been recognized by audiences and critics alike for its consistently high level of productions.  "As always Childsplay creates a variety of winning special effects, wild set pieces creative costumes and a bunch of other theatrical tricks that take the young audiences on a magical journey and adventure.  The kids at the opening performance applauded wildly and enjoyed themselves immensely."- Theater critic, Chris Curcio KBAQ April 2013

Robin Hood 

September 8 - October 6, 2013 
Presented in the Theatre 
Recommended for Ages 7 and up 
By Greg Banks 
Grab your bow and arrow and head to Sherwood Forest to join Robin Hood, Maid Marion and their band of merry men on an unforgettable, high-octane adventure! The Sheriff of Nottingham will do whatever it takes to bring down Robin, but our heroes have more than a few surprises in store. This classic tale bursts onto the Childsplay stage in a hilarious new way full of acrobatics, hijinks and adventure!
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane 
October 20 - November 10, 2013 
Presented in the Studio 
Recommended for Ages 7 and up 
By Dwayne Hartford, Adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo 
With his handmade silk suits, wide array of hats and tiny gold pocket watch, Edward Tulane was the most exceptional toy in Abilene's room. He was adored and he was happy. But then, one day, he was lost. Based on Newbery-winner Kate DiCamillo's beloved book, Childsplay presents the world premiere production of this breathtaking story of finding friendship, finding yourself, and eventually finding your way home. Follow Edward on a fantastical adventure worthy of literature's greatest heroes.

The Velveteen Rabbit 
November 17 - December 22, 2013 
Presented in the Theatre 
Recommended for Ages 3 and up 
(Adapted from a book icon) 
By Brian Burgess Clark, Adapted from the book by Margery Williams 
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Childsplay's Holiday Classic! For years, Childsplay brought holiday magic to the Valley with its production of Margery Williams's classic picture book. Now the tradition makes a triumphant return, and it's better than ever! For any child who has ever loved a favorite toy, The Velveteen Rabbit will give you a reason to believe in magic. This heartwarming story will bring holiday joy to families of all ages.

The Cat in the Hat 
January 26 - March 16, 2014 
Presented in the Studio 
Recommended for Ages 3 and up 
(Adapted from a book icon) 
By Katie Mitchell, Adapted from the Book by Dr. Seuss 
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun's never done!

Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle 
March 22 - March 30, 2014 
Presented in the Studio 
Recommended for Ages 5 and up 
By José Cruz González 
When a stray dog appears on the doorstop, it's love at first sight for 6-year-old Cory, and the last straw for Grandma Autumn. Life hasn't been easy lately for either of these two, facing absent parents and lost homes. But in a delightfully surprising story filled with humor and heart, Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle reminds us love makes almost anything possible, even in hard times.

Schoolhouse Rock Live 
April 20 - May 25, 2014 
Presented in the Theatre 
Recommended for Ages 6 and up 
(Musical icon) 
Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating and Kyle Hall 
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe 

A pop culture phenomenon returns to the musical stage! Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like "Conjunction Junction," "Just a Bill," "Interplanet Janet" or "Three is a Magic Number." Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto the Childsplay stage with songs you loved updated for a whole new generation!