Playhouse Square Announces 2017-18 Children's Theater Series presented by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital


Cleveland, OH –The Children’s Theater Series presented by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, with a season ticket price of $40 for four shows, provides an affordable, entertaining way for parents and grandparents to introduce children to quality live theater and create memories at Playhouse Square that will last for years to come.

Season tickets for the Children’s Theater Series at PlayhouseSquare are now available by calling 216-640-8608 or online at The four-show Children’s Theater Series season ticket package is $40 per seat. 

Families that purchase season tickets for the series can choose to participate in workshops held on the same days as Children’s Theater Series performances. These fun, interactive workshops are led by professional teaching artists and feature opportunities to learn songs and dance steps, create performances and music and much more. Admission to each workshop is $5 per child.

The 2017-18 Children’s Theater Series:

Hansel & Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat
Valley Performing Arts Center
October 28-29, 2017

Treat your family to this engaging, musical retelling of one of The Grimm Brothers’ most memorable fairy tales. Still reeling from the disappearance of his mother and classmates, Hansel believes with all his heart that he’s found a way to rescue them from deep within the Forbidden Forest. Doubtful, the streetwise Gretel nevertheless accompanies her brother. When they come across a house made entirely of candy, their bond and beliefs are put to the test. This story is brought to life with a rock and roll score admist an animated wonderland inspired by the whimsy of Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl. Nationally-produced playwright Ernie Nolan teams up with Grammy-nominated “kindie” artist Justin Roberts to create a wickedly delicious musical treat.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Casa Mañana Theatre
January 27-28, 2018

In the small town of Stillwater, Mr. and Mrs. Popper are pleasant, practical, predictable people. But when a package for the Poppers produces a penguin, chaos waddles into their lives. Soon, the Poppers open their home and hearts to not one, not two, but to a bunch of boisterous black and white birds. With catchy songs and penguin puppets aplenty, this new musical based on the novel by Richard and Florence Atwater and adapted for the stage by Pins and Needles Productions, will have you chirping with cheer!

The Gruffalo
Tall Stories
March 10-11, 2018

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. While searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
April 14-15, 2018
Sensory-friendly performance at 11:30 a.m. on April 15

Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves Little Nutbrown Hare as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. And so it continues as Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia adapts Guess How Much I Love You, the award-winning classic from author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram. In I Love My Little Storybook, an eager little bunny lies on the grass, opens his book, and within moments, the story he’s reading comes alive in fascinating detail! From author Anita Jeram comes this endearing celebration of the joy of reading. Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook is adapted, directed and designed by Jim Morrow with music by Steven Naylor and narration by Beau Bridges.

The Children’s Theater Series is made possible in part by the Children’s Theatre Endowment established by the Junior League of Cleveland, support from the Ohio Arts Council and is generously supported by the public through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Cindi Szymanski