The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (aka “The Wallis”) is unveiling five dynamic theatrical experiences as part of its “Theater for Young Audiences” series. The 2014-2015 season includes works from Scotland, the United States, France, Germany and England.
Kicking off the season is “The Man Who Planted Trees”, based on French author Jean Giono’s 1953 environment-themed classic. The program comes from Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland and runs October 7-19 (recommended for ages 7 and above).
Showtimes are Saturdays at 12:00, 2:30 and 5:00 p.m.; Sundays at 12:00 and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $35.
On October 19 comes the Grammy award-winning “Dan Zanes and Friends”, whose innovative, modern and multicultural music integrates the unique spirit of American, West Indian and English folk music with the inspiration of early soul and rock-and-roll and is recommended for audiences of all ages.
Additional programming takes place in January, February and March. Visit www.thewallis.org for more information.
The Wallis’ Managing Director, Tania Camargo, said, “Time and again, research has shown the positive impact that arts education has on children’s academic achievement, social and emotional development, and civic engagement, as well as fostering equitable opportunity. This year, The Wallis is proud to further its commitment to education by providing tickets and transportation to ‘Theater for Young Audiences’ productions to 6,500 students, many of them from underserved Los Angeles schools and communities. We believe all students deserve to experience world-class performances in theater, dance and music, and are gratified to continue to offer this valuable program.”
Patricia Wolff, interim artistic director, said, “We designed ‘Theater for Young Audiences’ to transcend the traditional definition of ‘children’s theater’ and were dedicated to crafting a season that would be compelling to both young audiences and adults alike. Our first show, ‘The Man Who Planted Trees,’ imparts a critical environmental message as it entertains, while the Grammy Award-winning Dan Zanes will have everyone who listens enthralled and on their feet. These are just two examples of a rich and joyous season of which we are extremely proud.”
Family Subscription tickets and single tickets for “The Man Who Planted Trees”, and “Dan Zanes and Friends”, are available by visiting www.thewallis.org, in person at the Box Office at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, and by phone at (310)746-4000.
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