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Welcome to the seventh annual International Children’s Theater Festival at Playhouse Square! Table of Contents Our Supporters and Volunteers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Important Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The Festival Passport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Activities and Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Secret Agent 23 Skidoo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Peter & the Wolf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Ants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 What Do You Do With An Idea? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Lunar Landscape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Festival Map. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Performances. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-19 2016-17 Children’s Theater Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 2016-17 KeyBank Broadway Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
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SAVE THE DATE!
8th Annual International Children’s Theater Festival
May 6-7, 2017
THANK YOU The seventh annual International Children’s Theater Festival at Playhouse Square is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors, donors and volunteers.
Kathy and Jim Pender and the Michael Pender Fund of the Cleveland Foundation William N. Skirball Endowment Fund
John P. Murphy Foundation Junior League of Cleveland
Volunteers Center for Autism – Cleveland Clinic
Employees of PNC Bank
Baldwin Wallace University Arts Management Students
Playhouse Square Partners
Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Playhouse Square RedCoats PR Newswire
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE Saturday, May 7 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Carnival of the Animals (Australia) Craft Workshops* Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Magicians, Chalk Art, Caricature Artists* Lunar Landscape* (United States) Egg (Northern Ireland) Lunar Landscape* (United States) Peter & the Wolf* (United States) The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! (United States) Ants* (Australia) What Do You Do With An Idea? (United States) Secret Agent 23 Skidoo* (United States) Lunar Landscape* (United States) Carnival of the Animals (Australia) What Do You Do With An Idea? (United States) Ants* (Australia) Peter & the Wolf* (United States) Egg (Northern Ireland) Lunar Landscape* (United States) The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! (United States) Ants* (Australia) Secret Agent 23 Skidoo* (United States) What Do You Do With An Idea? (United States) Ants* (Australia) Lunar Landscape* (United States) Peter & the Wolf* (United States) Carnival of the Animals (Australia)
Ohio Theatre Idea Center U.S. Bank Plaza Brown Lab – Idea Center (Lower Level) Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre Brown Lab – Idea Center (Lower Level) U.S. Bank Plaza Connor Palace Connor Palace Lobby & Euclid Avenue Gund Dance Studio – Idea Center U.S. Bank Plaza Brown Lab – Idea Center (Lower Level) Ohio Theatre Gund Dance Studio – Idea Center Connor Palace Lobby & Euclid Avenue U.S. Bank Plaza Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre Brown Lab – Idea Center (Lower Level) Connor Palace Connor Palace Lobby & Euclid Avenue U.S. Bank Plaza Gund Dance Studio – Idea Center Connor Palace Lobby & Euclid Avenue Brown Lab – Idea Center (Lower Level) U.S. Bank Plaza Ohio Theatre
Sunday, May 8 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Carnival of the Animals** (Australia) Craft Workshops* Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Magicians, Chalk Art, Caricature Artists* Lunar Landscape* (United States) Peter & the Wolf* (United States) Egg (Northern Ireland) Ants* (Australia) Carnival of the Animals (Australia) Peter & the Wolf* (United States) Lunar Landscape* The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! (United States) Ants* (Australia) What Do You Do With An Idea? (United States) Secret Agent 23 Skidoo* (United States) Ants* (Australia) Lunar Landscape*
Ohio Theatre Idea Center U.S. Bank Plaza Brown Lab – Idea Center (Lower Level) U.S. Bank Plaza Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre Connor Palace Lobby & Euclid Avenue Ohio Theatre U.S. Bank Plaza Brown Lab – Idea Center (Lower Level) Connor Palace Connor Palace Lobby & Euclid Avenue Gund Dance Studio – Idea Center U.S. Bank Plaza Connor Palace Lobby & Euclid Avenue Brown Lab – Idea Center (Lower Level)
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION Who can help us if family members or children become separated?
What if I lose my cell phone, diaper bag, etc.?
If members of your party become separated, report to the nearest House Manager (you will find a House Manager in every theater), a uniformed security officer or a member of the Playhouse Square staff. We will assist you in becoming reunited.
If you are in a theater, check with the House Manager. He or she will help you to find your lost item. If you are elsewhere on the Playhouse Square campus, please report your loss to a uniformed security officer or member of the Playhouse Square staff wearing a Festival T-shirt. The word STAFF will be on the back of these t-shirts.
Where can we go for First Aid, if needed? House Managers can provide bandages, cough drops, aspirin and other First Aid items for minor bumps, bruises, cuts and headaches. They can also assist with medical emergencies if needed. House Manager’s offices are located in the lobby of each theater.
A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT OUR CROSSWALKS… Please take extra caution when crossing the streets in the Playhouse Square neighborhood and make sure to follow the WALK and DON’T WALK signs. The RTA Health Line buses that run up and down Euclid Avenue do not follow the regular traffic signals, so even if the light is red, it may not be safe to cross the street. Always wait for WALK to be sure.
May I take photos in the theaters? We encourage you to take photos outside and in our theater lobbies, however for all shows, the taking of photographs and use of recording devices during the performance is strictly prohibited. Don’t forget to use #ChildrensFestCLE when sharing photos on social media!
Where can we get something to eat? Cibréo Italian Kitchen 216-862-9212 thedriftwoodgroup.com/restaurants/ cibreo-italian-kitchen/
Green Rooster Farms 216-862-7557 thedriftwoodgroup.com/restaurants/ green-rooster
Cowell & Hubbard 216-479-0555 cowellhubbard.com DISTRICT 216-858-1000 districtcleveland.com
Hofbräuhaus Cleveland 216-621-2337 hofbrauhauscleveland.com Children who complete the Festival Passport receive a free Bavarian ice cream sundae. See next page for details.
DYNOMITE Burgers 216-298-4077 dynomitecleveland.com
MOKO Café 216-589-0194 mokocoffee.typepad.com
Encore and Blue Bar at The Wyndham 216-615-7500 wyndhamcleveland.com/dining
Otto Moser’s Restaurant 216-771-3831 pHuel Café 216-795-5175 phuelcafe.com
Restore 330-806-3893 restorecoldpressed.com Starbucks 216-771-2541 starbucks.com Subway 216-241-7827 subway.com Sung’s House 216-696-7655 facebook.com/sungs-house These neighborhood restaurants are providing family-friendly options and specials during the Festival! See the map on pgs. 12-13 for locations. In-theater concessions available for most performances. Operating hours for each location vary.
Celebrating the world we
share Pick up a free Festival Passport at one of our Passport Stations located throughout the Festival (see map on pages 12-13 for locations): Connor Palace Lobby The Galleries at CSU • Idea Center, Main Level • Idea Center, Lower Level • U.S. Bank Plaza
Once you have your passport, visit each station and get a stamp from our Passport Agents. When you’ve received a stamp at each location, take your completed Passport to Hofbräuhaus Cleveland and collect your prize. Enjoy exploring the Festival! *Prize awarded to children only
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FREE FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES AND WORKSHOPS
Activities on U.S. Bank Plaza
(Corner of E. 14th St. and Euclid Ave.) Saturday, May 7 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 8 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Animals, Face Painting, * Balloon Caricatures and Roaming Magicians with Flower Entertainment, Inc.
* Chalk Art
Crafts & Workshops in the Idea Center
ALL ACTIVITIES AND CRAFTS ARE FREE
(1375 Euclid Ave.) Saturday, May 7 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 8 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Children are invited to create a fun performance related take-home craft!
Join the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Injury Prevention Center and become a Safety Detective! Fun crafts, games and even a photo op will help junior detectives learn important health and safety lessons. The activities are free and will include hands-on learning to test safety knowledge and some fun giveaways!
Centennial Art Truck
(E. 14th St.) Sunday, May 8 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
We’re so excited to have the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Centennial Art Truck at the Festival this year! This truck takes the museum’s programming to neighborhoods around town, delivering engaging experiences that are designed to bring out the inner artist. You’ll have the opportunity to experience Art To Go, studio classes, interactive presentations and more.
North Union Farmer’s Market
(U.S. Bank Plaza) Sunday, May 8 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Through hands-on activities and engaged learning, you and your family can learn more about farming and growing foods locally. 8
FREE PERFORMANCES ON U.S. BANK PLAZA
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo This is truly the only music that will satisfy a 3-year-old and still get the thumbs up from a 30-year-old rap aficionado.
Saturday, May 7 1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8 3:30 p.m. As the first song blasts out, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo begins a family dance party that is more Soul Train than Thomas the Train. His infectious love for beats, rhymes and originality invites the crowd to hit the dance floor. When the funky beat and the bass groove drop, even the shyest kids get in on the action… and so do their parents! From basketball courts in the Bronx to theaters in the Smithsonian, the force of fun tracks and positive raps is an unstoppable national phenomenon! Celebrated as the “King of Kid Hop,” Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a one-of-a-kind, stand out star in the indie family music scene.
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo brings together families and Hip Hop without compromising either one!
Peter & the Wolf Talespinner Children’s Theatre U.S.A. talespinnerchildrenstheatre.org
Saturday, May 7 12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
friendship and extraordinary bravery. This fun-loving tale is a perfect illustration of imaginative teamwork and how to use creative thinking to overcome a bad situation.
Directed by Katelyn Cornelius CAST Jacob Boyle Luke Brett John Busser Nicholas Chokan Chennelle Harris Katie Huskey
Shaun O’Neill Lauren B. Smith Leah Smith Maggie Stahl Devon Turchan
Inspired by the playful (and beautiful) work created by composer Sergei Prokofiev to introduce children to classical music, Peter & the Wolf explores a story of
POLYGLOT THEATRE’S ANTS
Polyglot Theatre Australia polyglot.org.au May 7-8 Various locations on the north side of Euclid Avenue, under the theater marquees* Originally conceived and directed by Sue Giles Production Manager: Elise Brokensha CAST Bree-Anna Obst, Jenna Horton, Zachary Pidd, Elizabeth Weinstein ABOUT ANTS Faced with hundreds of giant bread crumbs and three big insects, children are irresistibly drawn in and must figure out what the ants want them to do. Gradually, a world of meaning unfolds, illustrating the human desire for order
by transforming any public space with wavering lines and patterns. Ants is an interactive roving performance which has giant ants bringing children together in a gentle and unusual landscaping project. It is an enchanting investigation into the nature of work and children’s relationship with their environment. ABOUT POLYGLOT THEATRE Polyglot Theatre places children at the heart of their art. Polyglot’s vision is of a future where children are powerful artistically, socially and culturally. Polyglot approaches their work for and with children with curiosity, attention and respect.
distinctive artistic philosophy has placed them at the international forefront of contemporary arts experiences for babies and children up to 12 years, meeting with professional acclaim and recognition around the world. Inspired by the artwork, play and ideas of children, Polyglot creates imagined worlds where audiences actively participate in performance through touch, play and encounter. Polyglot Theatre is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne and the City of Stonnington.
Polyglot Theatre is one of Australia’s leading creators of interactive and participatory theater for children and families. Their
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What Do You Do With An Idea? Inlet Dance Theatre U.S.A. inletdance.org May 7-8 Gund Dance Studio, Idea Center CAST Josh Brown, Elizabeth Pollert, Dominic Moore-Dunson, Nicole O’Malley, Erin Pennebaker, Michelle Sipes, Katie McGaha, Kevin Parker ABOUT THE PROJECT Inlet Dance Theatre is proud to be a part of the 2015-2016 LAUNCH performance creation residency program of the Community Engagement & Education Department of Playhouse Square. During this LAUNCH program, Inlet is working on artistically adapting the children’s book What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom. This
dance–based work is suitable for children aged 4-8 years old, but will captivate audiences of all ages. Using Inlet’s collaborative creative process and distinct aesthetic, many movement sketches have been evolving over the past few months of development. The finished production will premiere in spring 2017. ABOUT INLET Inlet Dance Theatre is one of the region’s most exciting professional contemporary dance companies. Founded in 2001 by Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade, Inlet embodies his longstanding belief that dance viewing, training and performing experiences serve as tools to bring about personal growth and development. Inlet’s collaborative artistic staff build the company’s solid reputation for uplifting individuals and engaging new audiences via performances and education programming.
Author Kobi Yamada
Lunar Landscape Theater Ninjas U.S.A. theaterninjas.com May 7-8 Brown Lab, Idea Center (lower level) DEVELOPED BY Jeremy Paul, Ian Petroni, Ray Caspio, Lauren Fraley, Sheffia Dooley PERFORMANCE GUIDE: Oksana Klue CAST Leilani Barrett In partnership with CEOGC (Council for Economic Opportunities of Greater Cleveland) and with generous funding from PNC Bank, Playhouse Square has engaged Theater Ninjas and Cleveland artist Ian Petroni in the creation and design of Lunar Landscape, an intimate, interactive, sensory experience.
This exciting installation is the backdrop for Zee, the hidden man on the moon, who gathers light and sound with movement and song. Young explorers are invited help Zee with his lunar tasks as he experiences the joy and fear of learning to share!
This kinetic journey is 20 minutes long, uses nonverbal and “extra-terrestrial” communication, and is suitable for young children and their families.
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S THEATER FESTIVAL MAP
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The GALLERIES AT CSU
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Crafts – Idea Center, Miller Education Classrooms (Lower Level) 2 Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Caricatures – U.S. Bank Plaza 3 Ants – Various Locations on the north side of Euclid Avenue, under the theater marquees (In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held in the Connor Palace Lobby) 4 Peter & the Wolf – U.S. Bank Plaza 1
Lunar Landscape – Idea Center, Brown Lab (Lower Level)
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Carnival of the Animals – Ohio Theatre Egg – Idea Center, Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! – Connor Palace Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – U.S. Bank Plaza What Do You Do With An Idea? Idea Center, Gund Dance Studio (Main Level)
Passport Stations 11 Ireland – The Galleries at CSU 12 Turkey – Connor Palace Outer
13 Japan – Idea Center, Main Level 14 Russia – Idea Center, Lower Level 15 Italy – U.S. Bank Plaza 16 Collect your prize! – Hofbräuhaus
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Workshops & Activities
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S THEATER FESTIVAL MAP
Hofbräuhaus is located behind theaters via enclosed walkway.
Enter through theater lobbies.
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Family-Friendly Dining 16 Hofbräuhaus Cleveland 17 Cibréo 18 Cowell & Hubbard 19 Dynomite Burgers 20 Encore at The Wyndham Playhouse Square
DISTRICT (located on E. 14th St. in U.S. Bank Building) In-theater concessions available for most performances. Operating hours for each location vary.
Carnival of the Animals C!RCA – CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS Australia Circa.org.au
May 7-8 Ohio Theatre Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa ensemble A production by Circa and QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival Director – Yaron Lifschitz Technical Director/Lighting Designer – Jason Organ Video Design – Michaela French Sound Designer/ Composer - Quincy Grant Set Design – Yaron Lifschitz, Jason Organ, Libby McDonnell and Michaela French Costume Design – Libby McDonnell Costume Creation Team – Janie Grant, Susan Gibson, Trang Vo, Chris Healy, Selene Cochrane, Karen Blinco, Sarah White, Maria Wong & Kate Jefferay CAST Rowan Heydon-White, Gerramy Marsden, Conor Neal, Kathryn O’Keeffe, Paul O’Keeffe, Crystal Stacey, Shannon Vitali The Circa Carnival comes to town with whimsical tales of creatures of land and sea who tumble, fly, leap and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom. Our zebras juggle and flip… Our kangaroos skip and somersault… We’ve elephants with street-cred and rhythm… And even our dinosaur bones shake, clatter and roll to the music. Carnival of the Animals whisks you away on a thrilling circus escapade inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns salute to feathers, fur and fins. Circa’s acrobats bring this classical music suite to life for a whole new generation of circus, music and animal lovers!
ABOUT C!RCA From Brisbane, Australia comes a bold new vision of contemporary circus. A blending of bodies, light, sound and skills. A place where acrobatics and movement meld into a seamless whole. A celebration of the expressive possibilities of the human body at its extremes. Since
2006 Circa has toured to 34 countries across six continents. Circa’s work has been rapturously received by audiences, presenters and critics around the world. Critics have raved about Circa, calling the work “stunning… exquisite… heart stopping” and “electrically charged.”
Carnival of the Animals presented by Kathy and Jim Pender and the Michael Pender Fund of the Cleveland Foundation 14
CREATE ELEPHANTS OF YOUR OWN!
Elephant Family By Julie McGuffee Both the African and Asian elephants are on the endangered species list. This whimsical pompom and pipe cleaner mother and baby are from the Asian family of elephants characterized by smaller ears, hump shaped back and very short tusks.
You will need: • Gray pipe cleaners • Black pipe cleaners • White bumpy pipe cleaners • 4 spools 1” x 3/4” • Gray paint • Paint brush • 3” Styrofoam egg • 2” Styrofoam ball
1. Wrap the Styrofoam egg with gray pipe cleaners as follows: Starting at the center, push the end of the pipe cleaner into the Styrofoam then wrap around the egg. Push the end of the pipe cleaner into the Styrofoam to secure. Repeat until most of the egg has been completely covered. Note: The pipe cleaners will not lay flat on the Styrofoam at the ends of the egg. Wind one stem into a coil, bend the ends of the pipe cleaner outward then push into the Styrofoam to keep the circle in place. Use glue to secure.
2. Wrap the Styrofoam ball in the same manner then glue the ball to the body. Use a toothpick to hold in place. Cut a 6” piece of pipe cleaner. Fold in half then twist together. Push the ends into the center of the head for the trunk. Make a small tail in the same manner. 3. Make two coils of pipe cleaner for ears. Push the ends of each coil into each side of the head for ears. Cut two white pipe cleaner “bumps” then push one into each side of the trunk for tusks. To make eyes, push end of black pipe cleaner into the head then cut off the end flush with the gray surface.
4. Cut four 2” pieces of pipe cleaner. Push into the bottom of the body where you want the legs to be with about 1” of the pipe cleaner still visible. Paint the spools gray. Let them dry then glue one spool over each piece of pipe cleaner. Small elephants are made in the same manner using smaller spools and Styrofoam pieces.
Egg Cahoots NI Northern Ireland cahootsni.com May 7-8 Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre Directed by Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney Music by Garth McConaghie Composer & Sound Design by Garth McConaghie CAST Hugh W Brown, Jude Quinn, Darren Franklin ABOUT EGG The story of Egg is told through the medium of physical theater, illusion and music. It is a sad, funny and delightful tale exploring the theme of flying the nest. This is a theme which resonates as strongly with the adults in the audience as it does with the children, giving Egg real emotional power. The production is a magical experience, which draws children in close to the life of the little bird characters in their nest and tells them a story of friendship, wonder and tender loving care. A tale of three birds....and an egg!
ABOUT CAHOOTS NI Cahoots NI is a professional theater company touring work for children and based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The company was formed in 2001 by Paul Bosco McEneaney and Zoe Seaton. The company concentrates on the visual potential of theater and capitalizes upon
the age old popularity of magic and illusion as an essential ingredient in the art of entertaining. Each production is at the center of a body of outreach work designed to maximize artistic potential, customize the individual theater experience and extend the imaginative life of the piece beyond the actual event.
EGG PUZZLE These two birds have gotten separated! Solve the maze to bring them together again.
The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! Bill Blagg U.S.A. billblagg.com May 7-8 Connor Palace ABOUT BILL BLAGG To say that Bill Blagg has had a magical life would be no exaggeration. From the moment he received his first magic kit in 1986, his world was never the same. After years of endless practice and persistence, Bill launched his professional magic performing career in 1996 at the ripe age of sixteen. In just two short years of professional performance, Bill developed a stage presence that made him a standout in the magic community, due in part to his off-the-cuff personality and his high energy performance style. He chose to put his skills to the test in 1998 by entering the adult stage competition at the Abbott Magic Get Together in Colon, Michigan, which is also hailed as the magic capital of the world. Magic had been Bill’s life for over twelve years, he had performed hundreds of shows and it all hinged on a single, five minute routine: his dancing handkerchief. He had just turned eighteen, barely old enough to enter the competition, and he was about to make magic history by becoming the youngest contestant to ever win the prestigious event. Following his win, Bill never looked back. While intensely studying to earn a degree in performing arts and communications at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Bill was busy planning and staging his next big venture: his own ninety-minute, grand-scale magic and illusion show he called Beyond Imagination. After graduating with honors, Bill took his illusion production on the road to select cities throughout the Midwest. He virtually sold out all of the shows with his unique
brand of grand-scale magic and illusion. Entertainment Weekly summed up Bill’s appeal by saying, “Bill Blagg has a charm and style all his own; he’s definitely the best kept secret in magic!” Bill prides himself on being able to consistently create and stage new illusions to thrill his audiences year after year. Through his countless stage appearances,
Bill consistently draws standing ovations from audiences who have experienced his unique talents and performing arts ability. Today we are pleased to welcome Bill Blagg and his team to the stage to present Bill’s latest magical production, The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! Sit back, relax and enjoy the magic and illusions of the nation’s top magical star...Bill Blagg!
LEARN A MAGIC TRICK!
The Climbing Ring Magic Trick This simple magic trick for kids is so easy that you might feel silly once you get it! Step 1 Cut a rubber band in half so it is a single long string. Step 2 Explain to the audience that you have been developing the power of your mind and have been able to move small objects using nothing more than your mental power. Say that rings have been the objects with the most success, and ask for someone in the audience for any kind of ring. Step 3 Thread the rubber band through the ring and grab the ends with both hands, thus holding out the rubber band (without it actually being stretched).
For this trick you need: A rubber band and a ring
Step 4 This is the tricky part! Grab the rubber band with your index finger directly in the middle of the band and stretch if out as you appear to grab the ends with your thumb. The rubber band should be stretched out but appear normal to the audience. Step 5 Tell the audience that you are going to move the ring with your mind and make a “concentrated” face as you let go of the rubber band slowly. The weight of the ring will hold it in place as the rubber band contracts, but it will appear to climb as the rubber band is allowed to go slack.
Check out the video below for a demonstration of the trick: YouTube: Magic John Teach-a-Trick: The Anti-Gravity Ring youtube.com/watch?v=ovTpCdZM5UQ
SHOWS TOGETHER, MEMORIES FOREVER
See all four shows for just $40! Make lasting memories with your family by purchasing season tickets to the Children’s Theater Series at Playhouse Square.
Introducing the 2016-2017 Season!
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
Dallas Children’s Theater October 29-30, 2016 Two girls encounter a number of mysterious sisuations that test their courage, kindness and strength of spirit. Combing authentic African drumming, powerful choreography and thrilling original music, the splendor of Zimbabwe and the African continent comes to life on stage!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Stories told by Eric Carle
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia January 28-29, 2017 Mermaid’s much-anticipated new production will bring together old favorites and new friends. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effect and innovative puppetry, this triple-bill highlights three of Eric Carle’s most beloved tales.
Lightwire Theater March 11-12, 2017 See electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in a heartrending original tale. Truly unique and visually dazzling, DiNO has been praised for its cutting edge of puppetry, technology and dance by audiences all over the world.
The Moon’s A Balloon
Patch Theatre Company (Australia) May 6-7, 2017 Inspired by a poem by e.e. cummings, The Moon’s a Balloon is a visualtheater production that celebrates the possibilities of play, the making of friendships and the wonder of creation! Simple white balloons, two performers and a musician give rise to a rich variety of composition, beauty, laughter, wonder, joy and story.
The Children’s Theater Series offers performances on both Saturdays (11 a.m. & 2 p.m.) and Sundays (2 p.m.) for all four shows to provide more flexibility for you and your family to enjoy the magic of live theater together.
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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I Kelli O’Hara and Hoon Lee, Photo: Paul Kolnik
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE PLAYHOUSE SQUARE RETRO SIGN When the Palace Theatre (now Connor Palace) opened in 1922, the Keith Building (in which it's located) was the tallest building in downtown Cleveland. The "stick-built" sign on top of the
building was the largest electrical sign in the world. Our retro sign is a nod to our 1920s-era roots, evoking the feel of the Keith Building sign.
We change the color of our Retro Sign for special occasions. Color in this Retro Sign how you’d like to see it!
Retro Sign By the Numbers • 44 feet tall • 9-foot tall letters • 3-inch LED bulbs
Celebrating the world we share
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8th Annual International Children’s Theater Festival
May 6-7, 2017