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Children's Shows Announced

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces 2016–2017 Children’s Show Lineup,
Beloved stories and characters come to life on the big stage

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(Millburn, NJ) Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is proud to announce its 2016–2017 children’s show programming. Paper Mill’s Children’s Shows are charming, delightful and educational performances filled with audience participation and adventure.

 
“What better way to spend a weekend morning than introducing your child to the live theater experience with characters and stories they love?”

said Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director at Paper Mill Playhouse.


Children’s Shows take place on select Saturdays and Sundays at 10AM. All tickets are only $12.75. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, or at the Paper Mill Box Office on Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at PaperMill.org. Paper Mill Playhouse also offers gift cards available in any denomination. Gift cards can be purchased at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office and are good for any show or items at the gift shop. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.
 
The 2016–2017 season of Children’s Shows is listed below. The season will include productions of SkippyJon Jones, Snow What (& the 7 Chihuahuas), Charlotte’s Web, and Pete the Cat designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. Autism-friendly performances are planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team. The theater environment will be altered for these performances, providing a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families.  Additionally, Paper Mill Playhouse will host a free open house titled "Meet Your Seat" as an opportunity for children who are new to theater experiences to visit the theater space before the show. For more information, call the box office at 973.376.4343.
 
AN AUTISM-FRIENDLY PRESENTATION

SKIPPYJON JONES SNOW WHAT
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
For ages 5 & up, and beyond!
This new musical is a twist on the classic fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest Chihuahua of them all? Skippyjon Jones the Siamese cat who things he's a Mexican Chihuahua, of course! While his sisters listen to Snow White, Skippy heads off for the REAL adventure awaiting him in his closet!
 
AutismRibbonAn Autism-Friendly Performance planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team.
“Meet Your Seat” Open House
Friday, October 28, 2016, 4–6 PM
 


FROSTY
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
For ages 4 & up
The beloved holiday song “Frosty the Snowman” has inspired a brand new story of a young orphan named Billy who discovers magic in a stolen hat. When he places the hat on a snowman’s head, the snowman comes to life! Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills, and the discovery that the real magic of the holidays is love.
 
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
For ages 6 & up
This enchanting musical is based on C.S. Lewis' adventure story about four children of war-torn England, who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe.
 
MISS NELSON IS MISSING
Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
For ages 5 & up
The students in Room 207 were the worst-behaved class in the whole school – even though they had the sweetest teacher of all, Miss Nelson. But when Miss Nelson unexpectedly does not come to school one day, the class gets the strictest substitute they have ever met: Miss Viola Swamp! A lighthearted musical that reminds us all to show appreciation to those that we value!
 
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
For ages 7 & up
Adapted from the book by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them.
 
AN AUTISM-FRIENDLY PRESENTATION
CHARLOTTE’S WEB
Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
For ages 5 & up, and beyond!
Based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. This enchanting musical explores the true meaning of friendship.
 
AutismRibbonAn Autism-Friendly Performance planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team.
“Meet Your Seat” Open House
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 4–6PM
 


CHARLOTTE’S WEB
Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
For ages 5 & up
Based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. This enchanting musical explores the true meaning of friendship.
 
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 10AM
Pushcart Players
For ages 5 & up
Filled with Lewis Carroll’s pure nonsense and madcap characters, this tale about a curious young girl has captivated readers for many generations. Alice goes on an enchanted journey of self-discovery with challenges, choices and happy conclusions. A meaningful story for anyone who has ever been on the daring adventure of growing up!    
 
SEUSSICAL
Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
For ages 5 & up
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters and stories hit the stage in this unforgettable musical. The noble Horton the Elephant, the one-feathered bird Gertrude McFuzz and the antics of the Cat in the Hat steal the spotlight!
 
BISCUIT
Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 10AM
Arts Power National Touring Theatre
For ages 4 & up
A frolicking little puppy named Biscuit loves exploring, making new friends, and even stirring up some mischief. Along the way, Biscuit learns about the joys of having a family. With over 17 million books in print, Biscuit is a modern classic!
 
PETE THE CAT
Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
For ages 4 & up
Pete the Cat is sent to live with Jimmy Biddle’s family to learn his manners - and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. Along the way, they learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.
 
AN AUTISM-FRIENDLY PRESENTATION
PETE THE CAT
Sunday, June 11, 2017, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
For ages 4 & up, and beyond!
Pete the Cat is sent to live with Jimmy Biddle’s family to learn his manners - and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. Along the way, they learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.
 
AutismRibbonAn Autism-Friendly Performance planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team.
“Meet Your Seat” Open House
Friday, June 9, 2017, 4–6 PM


 
JIM WEST’S DINOSAURS
Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA
For ages 4 & up
Fossil, the dinosaur detective, mixes fun and facts in this colossal show inspired by everyone's favorite prehistoric creatures. Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky and Prokofiev provide the rich musical score.
 
Major funding for autism-friendly programs is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support includes C.R. Bard Foundation, The Karma Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Nordstrom, PSEG Foundation, and Summit Area Public Foundation.
 
PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization and recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is one of the country's leading regional theaters. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.