Will my kid cry or scream? Can my child even sit still for an entire musical? The joy of live theater at the holidays can be a stress inducer for most families with children, unless they look toward Studio East and StoryBook Theater as a source for great live holiday entertainment.
Any parent knows that kids love watching other kids on stage; and with 'Twas the Night… Studio East rotates two casts of 40 kids and adults each to entertain families this holiday season. Now in its 12th year, 'Twas the Night… is a hilarious spin on this country's most famous holiday poem, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and has become a holiday tradition for many Seattle area families. It's fun for all ages in a relaxed, family-friendly theater environment.
In 'Twas the Night… all the rules are broken as reindeer dress like chorus girls, cats and mice share the same stage in harmony, and time knows no bounds when the swingin' 60s collide with prim and proper Victorian carolers. There's even an audience sing-a-long to keep everyone on their toes. And for those that come every year, you're always guaranteed new surprises!
'Twas the Night… is recommended for ages 4+, has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes, including intermission. All tickets are $14. All performances are at the Studio East Mainstage Theater located at 11730 118th Ave NE in Kirkland. Performances run Nov. 24 - Dec. 16 Sat/Sun @ 11am, 2pm and 5pm. Plus 3 Friday evening performances Nov 30, Dec 7, Dec 14 @ 7pm.
For the very youngest audiences (recommended ages 3+) Studio East's professional touring company, StoryBook Theater, presents the timeless classic 3 Pigs at four area theaters this fall, and into the Holiday Season. The Wolf is on the hunt for some succulent pork and the shakin' bacon starts makin' a sturdy, tooth-proof home for protection. This zany rendition of the favorite tale will have audiences, small and tall, rooting for the little porkers as they scramble to save their skins. Audiences young and old will be delighted by songs like "Piggy Power," "Homeporker.com," and "Pig of the Litter!"
Tickets to 3 Pigs are $10 for all patrons over 1 year of age and can be purchased at www.storybooktheater.org. Season Subscriptions are also available until Dec. 14, 2012. The professional all-local adult cast will present:
4 Shows in Renton:
Renton Carco Theater – 1717 Maple Valley Highway; Oct 27 & 28 @ 11am, 1pm & 3pm
2 Shows in Everett:
Everett PUD Auditorium – 2320 California Street; Nov 4 @ 11am & 1pm
12 Shows in Kirkland:
Kirkland Performance Center – 350 Kirkland Ave; Nov 10 & 11 / 17 & 18 @ 11am & 1pm
3 Shows in Seattle:
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center – 104 17th Ave. S.; Dec.2 @ 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Studio East Training for the Performing Arts was founded in 1992 to provide theater arts education for young people on the Eastside. It was founded on the belief that through the performing arts children can build confidence, and acquire leadership and teamwork skills while learning discipline, dedication and responsibility. Starting with one theater program for teens in 1992, Studio East has become one of the largest children's theater training programs in the Seattle area. Today, Studio East serves over 70,000 people annually with a comprehensive program of drama classes, theater arts camps, Mainstage productions and live performances for children from ages 3 through 19. 2012 marks Studio East's 20th anniversary season.
Studio East also produces StoryBook Theater, an adult professional touring troupe that introduces young children to live theater at venues throughout the Puget Sound area. Studio East creates opportunities for young people to discover and explore the performing arts.