Theatre for the Very Young 2016-17

“The plays in our series invite very young children to experience sound, texture, movement, music, and color through a simple story. Often highly interactive, the performances introduce toddlers and pre-schoolers to the imaginative power of theatre while stimulating their social and verbal skills. Sitting still not required. Dancing, singing, and total amazement encouraged!”  — Mary Hall Surface Artistic Director

AtlasArts Family programming which includes Theatre for the Very Young is geared towards audiences starting at age 1 with slight shifts in ages for select individual performances. All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to a performance.

Shakespeare for the Young: Midsummer Magic

May 17-21
Shakespeare’s delightful story of tricks and magic spells comes to life for the very young through puppets, movement and music. (ages 4-8)
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Imagination Stage/Mon Dansa: Paper Dreams

April 26-30
Imagination Stage partners with Mons Dansa from Barcelona, Spain for a fun movement performance. (ages 1-5)

Arts on the Horizon: Nutt and Bolt

March 29-April 2
Nutt and Bolt are robot rivals.  They spend their days using the random junkyard objects around them (and on them!) in games of skill and sound, rallying their wee friends, the audience, for support. (ages 1-5)

Imagination Stage: BlueFebruary 16-20
Imagine a world where the only color is blue. Blue flowers, blue grass, even blue cereal! Inky and Pale live in such a world until they discover something RED! In this interactive show, two friends find fun in every color of the rainbow! (ages 1-5)

Arts on the Horizon- Bear

Arts on the Horizon: Adventures with Mr. Bear

December 18 – 30
A young girl and her favorite stuffed animal turn a simple game of hide and seek into an exciting adventure! (ages 2-5)


Mark Jaster- Res

Mark Jaster: Piccolo’s Trunk

November 16 – 20
Meet Piccolo as he delights with his playful interactions with the audience, brilliant gestures, and witty musical surprises, through mime! (ages 3-8)



Imagination Stage: Looking for Roberto Clemente

November 5
A touching show centered on a young group of kids in Pittsburgh in the 1970s, a time when Clemente had taken the floundering Pirates and led them to being top competitors. (ages 5+)


Imagination Stage: Aquarium

October 26 – 30
With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and interactive props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, underwater world. (ages 1-5)