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What I Learned Today

The kiddie show format can be very instructive, and not just for the kiddies. You and I can learn a great deal from shows like that put together by puppeteer Joshua Holden and with live music by Jeb Colwell in The Joshua Show: Episode 2, running at HERE Arts Center through September 30th. Joshua and Jeb are out to make us happy. The Joshua Show: Episode 2 plays in repertory with The Flatiron Hex.

The latter, although a comedy with puppets, is decidedly not for children. The Flatiron Hex explores a bloody and dystopic New York City. It is a noir look at interconnective living and a world filled with intelligent mainframes and dangerous code. The Flatiron Hex stars James Godwin as computer genius Wylie Walker.

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To learn more visit the HERE website

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Bratty brothers and not-so-humble pie

It takes a special kind of imagination to recreate the magic of childishness. It is the province of the brilliantly insightful.

Dennis Lee is a poet who captures the child’s world. His book of verses for the young and mischievous, Alligator Pie, has been adapted by five of  Soulpepper’s artists into a frothy mix of antic play and playful theatrics.

Ins Choi, Raquel Duffy, Mike Ross, Gregory Prest and Ken Mackenzie are the collaborators and stars of Alligator Pie, in repertory at Pershing Square Signature Center through July 29th. The production is delicious. Its appeal to children is undeniable, as witnessed by their rapt attention; it is likewise a treat for the grown-ups accompanying them to see this sparkling tom-foolery.

For more information, a schedule of all the performances during their residence in New York, and tickets, please visit Soulpepper On 42nd Street.

Posted in Children's Theatre, parents and children

Your children need some drama in their lives, too

Children’s theater tends to be colorful, and larger than life. Harold

Stories That Dance: Shakespeare and his Legacy are presentMYBed in a workshop by the Manhattan Youth Ballet from March 13-15 at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. The MYB, founded by Ms. Rose Caiola 17 years ago, is based on European classical traditions. The faculty of this ballet academy have received their training in schools such as the The Kirov Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

On Saturday, March 14 at 11 am, Symphony Space’s “Just Kidding” series presents Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band. The Grammy-winning artist and longtime bassist for They Might Be Giants, Danny Weinkauf is the man behind the wildly successful TMBG mega-hit, “I Am a Paleontologist.”  Danny just released his first solo album for kids, No School Today on TMBG’s own label, Idlewild Recordings.  His hit “Champion of the Spelling Bee” reached #1 on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live and was featured in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The series continues with Smithsonian Folkways artist Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower on Saturday, March 21 at 11 am:  Two-time Grammy-nominated, Smithsonian Folkways recording artist Elizabeth Mitchell will be joined by husband Daniel Littleton, daughter Storey, and special guests.

Saturday, March 28th brings us the multiple award-winning, San Francisco-based singer-songwriter, Frances England, brings her full band and multimedia show to perform sweet songs expressing the joys and challenges of childhood.

Take your children to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College where Enchantment Theatre Company’s present The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon on Sunday, March 29th. They are already no doubt familiar with the “Harold” books, which have captivated families for more than fifty years.  The Philly-based Enchantment Theatre Company has adapted this wonderful story that celebrates the unique way in which children’s imaginations transform the world into a wild stage adventure.

HungryCaterpillarOn Sunday, April 19th, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia returns to Brooklyn Center after last year’s highly successful engagement with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favourites. After a quest for food, Three beloved stories come to life through the magic of black light and large-scale puppets, and audiences familiar with Mermaid’s other adaptations of Eric Carle’s books can expect the same attention to detail that has won international acclaim for the company. The Very Hungry Caterpillar experiences an eventual metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly, Little Cloud‘s adventures high up in the sky as it transforms itself into various shapes of things it sees, and The Mixed-Up Chameleon‘s discovery of his own unique nature as he explores his ability to change color.  Adapted, directed, and designed by one of Canada’s most esteemed puppetry creators, Jim Morrow, the production incorporates narration by storyteller Gordon Pinsent and original music by composer Steven Naylor.

Jim Henson’s legacy lives in the Muppets, Miss Piggy, Wilson & Ditch: Digging America,  Fraggle Rock and the sci-fi cult series Farscape, to name just a few of the productions in which he was instrumental. Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train LIVE! —
Buddy’s Big Adventure comes to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts  on Sunday, April 26th. Created by Craig Bartlett, the PBS KIDS animated television series Dinosaur Train embraces the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains to help develop and encourage basic scientific thinking and skills

For more information about MYB, visit, or

To learn more about Symphony Space’s Just Kidding series, please go to

The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts features A Target Storybook Series on Sundays from March 29th through April 26th. Visit to find out more.