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Childsplay: Children’s Theatre in Phoenix

Childsplay: Children’s Theatre in Phoenix

Childsplay is a professional children’s theatre in Phoenix, and quite possibly one of the best. There are several youth theaters in the area which we love. Childsplay however is unique in that it has adult actors portraying characters from children’s picture and chapter books. This is an excellent way to introduce children to theatre and literature!

We’ve seen over half a dozen shows with Childsplay over the years. I still remember seeing “The Cat in the Hat” when our son was almost 3. It was his first show and I was nervous he wouldn’t be interested. I was so wrong! He was spellbound by seeing his favorite characters come to life, and stayed in his seat the entire 50 minutes! The actors were so engaging in telling the adventures of Cat in the Hat.

As a mom, I appreciated that the script was taken directly from the book, with very few additions. Classic books are just that: strong enough to be read or performed! Our experiences with Childsplay have been greatly enriched by, if applicable, reading the book before seeing the play adaptation. Knowing the story also helps keep a child’s interest during the show.

We are so excited to join the Childsplay Influencer Team for the 2019-2020 season! You will hear a lot more about their shows in the upcoming months. Their shows for this season include:

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (September 8 – October 13, 2019)
  • Chato’s Kitchen (November 2-24, 2019)
  • Ella Enchanted: The Musical (December 7-29, 2019)
  • Elephant and Piggie: We Are In a Play! (January 26 – March 8, 2020)
  • Suzette Who Set to Sea (April 18 – May 17, 2020)

We saw The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane in mid-September and it is quite possibly the most heartfelt and popular plays that Childsplay has produced. It’s the story of a toy rabbit, Edward Tulane, his multiple owners and his journey. His physical journey, and his emotional journey to learn that to love and be loved, even when it hurts, is what makes us who we are. You’ll laugh (and possibly cry) and fall in love with this beautiful adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s book.

Our Emily also had a chance to be a Kid Reporter, complete with a backstage tour and interviews with the actors! (The backstage tour is available for every show. Learn more on Childsplay’s website.) You can view Emily’s own video summary on our YouTube page:

Childsplay averages 5 shows per season, running September-May. Ticket prices start at $12, and all shows are held at the Herberger Theatre in downtown Phoenix. For more information, visit their website: https://www.childsplayaz.org

Jana Tingom

Jana is a homeschooling mother of three children, and lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Chris. She enjoys traveling, reading and coffee. Follow @phoenixwithkids on Instagram for daily photos around Phoenix!

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