The next school year, Winnie the Pooh will take to Zach Theatre’s stages as will James and his giant peach and Alice and her wonderland. The families and schools series also will include the mainstay “Holiday Heroes,” and a bilingual story of a migrant farmer and his grandfather who is learning English — “Tomás and the Library Lady.”
About 50,000 children around Austin see Zach Theatre’s shows every year. It will be the fourth year Education Director Nat Miller has been at the helm of Zach’s Theatre for Families. “It is important that we make sure all children feel welcome at our theatre, which is why we don’t turn any school away and are beginning to offer sensory friendly performances for students on the autism spectrum,” he said in a press release. “We will also continue to offer bilingual programming.”
This year the theater also will be partnering with the University of Texas to offer its students opportunitiesto produce professional theatre for young audiences.
Here’s the rundown of the shows:
“Winnie the Pooh,” adapted by le Clanche du Rand, music by Allan J. Friedman, lyrics by A.A. Milne and Kristin Sergel. Sept. 17-Dec. 12., Kleberg Stage. For Ages 3 and up.
“Holiday Heroes,” written by Shaun Branigan and Jerome Schoolar. Dec.2- 19, Topfer Stage. For Ages 3 and up.
“Tomás and the Library Lady,” written by José Cruz González and is based on the book by Pat Mora. Jan. 19-Feb. 19, Whisenhunt Stage. For ages 5 and up.
“James and the Giant Peach,” book by Timothy Allen McDonald, music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, based on the book “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl. Feb. 2- 26, 2016 Kleberg Stage. For ages 5 and up.
“Alice in Wonderland,” written and directed by Gabrielle Reisman and Katie Bender. March 3-May 15, Whisenhunt Stage. For ages 5 and up.
You can find out more at zachtheatre.org.