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Instead of stepping into someone’s shoes for the day, slide on the face of an ancient Aztec, traditional Japanese samurai or a mischievous-looking demon.
Did you know that only one of the actors in Childsplay’s current production of “The Cat in the Hat” has a cat? Debra Stevens, who plays Thing One, has a naughty cat. I found this out when I got to go backstage and interview the actors.
Celebrate the famous children’s author, or your own little birthday boy or girl, with an afternoon of crafts, games, snacks, activities, birthday cake and a photo op with The Cat in the Hat prior to the 4 p.m. showing of Childsplay’s production of “The Cat in the Hat,” which plays through March 16.
Childsplay stages Dr. Seuss’ tale of a chapeau-wearing feline who makes a memorable visit to young Sally and Bill while their mother is gone.
Childsplay in Tempe received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support one of its upcoming productions.
As you know, or if you don’t know, I’ll tell you this: “The Velveteen Rabbit” play is a Christmas story.
For any child who has ever loved a favorite toy, “The Velveteen Rabbit” gives a reason to believe in magic.
Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theatre company for children and their families, will host Tea Time with the Velveteen Rabbit on Sunday, Dec. 1, at Tempe Center for the Arts.
Childsplay in Tempe is coordinating with the Rising Youth Theatre in Phoenix to participate in a national playwright contest focusing on topics related to bullying.
Tempe-based Childsplay -- dubbing itself as "Theatre for Everyone" -- celebrated its 35th anniversary last year. [Ahwatukee Foothills News file photo]
In preparation for my first play review, I thought it would be a great idea to read the book “Robin Hood.”
You can catch a free play with your kids after school and work on Sept. 18.
Before there was Katniss Everdeen, there was Maid Marian. Join Marian and Robin in Sherwood Forest in an adventurous, updated staging of “Robin Hood,” put on by Childsplay, Arizona’s award-winning professional theatre company for families.
Tempe Center for the Arts is providing a sneak peek into its 2013-14 season with a variety of dance, art and music performances, and ticket giveaways. Enjoy the free exhibit “Animal Crackers” while snacking on appetizers with the purchase of a beverage at this event, where Gary Marsh, Desert Dance Theatre, A Ludwig Dance Theatre, Childsplay and Arizona Wind Symphony and will provide entertainment throughout the evening.
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Luncheon provided the area business collective a look back at its past, as well as a glimpse into the future for area commerce and the organization itself.
“It was a dark and stormy night.”
About the author
Lizzie Stewart, 12, of Chandler: Mix some singing and playing the piano in a bowl, and add some reading and writing. Bake it in music for 12 years, and when it’s done, pour some French on it. And for serving, maybe sprinkle on some imagination. Put it all together, and you have a recipe that makes a Lizzie Stewart. She is a spirited 12 year old who cannot live without writing and acting. She’s thrilled to be a Kid Reporter for Childsplay since her dream is to write a book and have it published someday. Being a Kid Reporter is the icing on the cake!
Practically a childhood right of passage, “A Wrinkle in Time” is a book a lot of adults can credit with sparking a love for science fiction and fantasy — or at least introducing words like “mitochondria” and “tesseract” to their vocabulary. Whether you want to acquaint your own kids with the beloved story or just take a trip down memory lane, you can see the stage adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s 1963 Newbery Medal-winning book in Tempe.
Childsplay demonstrates the importance of manners in this quirky kitchen comedy about rival master chefs and the young apprentice stuck between them.
Before I saw the play (“Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type”) I read the book. I was wondering how the cows, hen and duck were going to look. When I read the book, I didn’t think it was that funny. But when I saw the play, it wasn’t funny — it was hilarious!