The Young People’s Theatre is live theater performed by national touring companies geared for specific age groups, open to school children and home-schooled students. Each year this series has provided opportunities for thousands of school age children to attend outstanding performances of an enriching and educational nature.

2017-18 Young People’s Theatre Lineup

Young People’s Theatre is graciously sponsored by Duke Energy

Pinocchio

Monday, October 30, 2017
Grades K – 5

9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Based on the novel by Carlo Collodi; Book and Lyrics by Bruce Craig Miller; Music by Michael Strong Imagine
Geppetto’s surprise when the puppet he carves from a most unusual piece of wood suddenly springs to life. The wooden boy, named Pinocchio, becomes like a son to the kindly old wood carver who provides him with a loving home. But the mischievous, and somewhat ungrateful, Pinocchio has other ideas and sets off on a series of fantastical adventures. Along the way he learns valuable lessons that lead him back home to Geppet to and earn him the thing he most desires – to be a real boy.
Subjects: Family Ties, Folk Tales, Reading, Self-Esteem

Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Grades 3 – 5

9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Book by Peter Howard Music and Lyrics by Ron Barnett
The greatest young adventurers in American literature spring to life in this footstompin’ musical based on the novels of Mark Twain. Join Huckleberry, Tom, Jim, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, and all the residents and rapscallions of Hannibal, Missouri as they explore the majestic river that defined their lives, tested their souls, and carried their spirit into the heart of America.
Subjects: Art, Family Ties, History, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Science, Multi-Cultural, Music, Reading, Character Development

The Gruffalo

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Grades Pre-K – 1

9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood…  Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. 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? Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!
Subjects: Role Playing, Problem Solving, Imagination, Storytelling, Vocabulary (Repetition of Rhymes & Narration is used to aid the storytelling.), Reading, Music, Drama, Courage, Self Esteem 

Reservations are first-come, first served.
Order early to get priority seating.
For information and reservations, e-mail: ypt@southflorida.edu