2015/16 Season

 

Pollyanna’s 2015/16 Season:  

 Liberty, Equality, and Fireworks!

(February 17-20, 2016)

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About the Play:
Set in a history museum, the play’s characters (a group of 4th grade students) experience key elements of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s when iconic images from this important period of our national history come to life and begin to move and speak. Best for students grades 3-6.

By Gregory Perrin

What: Liberty, Equality, and Fireworks!
Where: The LBJ Library Auditorium on the UT Campus
When: School performances: Feb. 17 at 11:30 a.m., and Feb. 18 and 19 at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
Public performance: Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. This event (Feb. 20) is FREE OF CHARGE. Tickets are not being sold to this performance – it is open for anyone who wishes to see it.

Jamie Doesn’t Want To Take A Bathpurchase tickets now
(March 31 – April 9, 2016)

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About the Play:
Jamie and her mommy usually have lots of fun each night as they go through their ritual of getting ready for bed.  But Mommy is surprised when suddenly, the night before Jamie’s first day at pre-school, Jamie simply refuses to take her bath.  What could be wrong?  Young audience members will watch while Mommy tries all sorts of things to get Jamie into the tub and to bed on time.  A fun and tender tug of war that many children and caregivers will recognize.  JAMIE DOESN’T WANT TO TAKE A BATH invites Pollyanna’s youngest audience members to play along with Jamie and learn what it is to be an audience member all at the same time.

A part of the Pollyanna Play and Play Series of Productions for Very Young Children. Best for children ages 2 – 4 and their caregivers.

By Bethany Lynn Corey

What: Jamie Doesn’t Want To Take A Bath
Where: The Long Center’s AT&T Education Room, on the ground level of the Long Center, 701 West Riverside Dr., Austin, TX  78704
When: March 31, April 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Tickets: For reservations, please call (512) 743-7966 or email judy@pollytheatre.org.

Cost: Tickets are $6 each and are available online through this website soon.
Group rates for parties of 10 or more are available by calling (512) 743-7966 or contacting us via email at judy@pollytheatre.org. Group rates are based upon the size of your group and the financial need of the children in your care.  Most groups pay an average of $4 per ticket.

Young Bear: The Story of Frances Slocum
(May 13 – 22) 

Young Bear ThumbAbout the Play:
This play is based upon the life of Frances Slocum, a young girl who is taken in the early 1800’s to live among Native Americans in the Mid-Western U.S.  The play follows her personal journey through two different cultures and looks at each through the eyes of a young child.   Pollyanna is thrilled to be working with award-winning playwright Lou Clark again to bring her newest play for young audiences to life.  YOUNG BEAR is sure to have young audiences thinking deeply about the definitions of family and belonging.  The story of YOUNG BEAR, while based in a true story, is designed to take children on an imaginative journey through a different time and place. Best for students grades 2-5.

By Lou Clark

What: YOUNG BEAR: THE STORY OF FRANCES SLOCUM
Where: The Long Center’s Rollins Theatre, 701 W. Riverside Drive
When: School performances: May 13 at 11:30 a.m. and May 16, 19 and 20 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Public performances: May 14 and 21 at 2 & 4 p.m., and May 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: For school performances, please call (512) 743-7966 or email judy@pollytheatre.org.
              For public performances, please make reservations through the Long Center (512) 474-5664 or by visiting thelongcenter.org
Cost: Weekday performances: Group rates for all weekday performances are based on the size of the group and the need for financial assistance.  The average rate is $3.25 – $5.25 per seat.
Weekend performances: Tickets for weekend performances through The Long Center Box Office range from $8  – $15.

Cowboy in the Kitchen
(June 8 – 18, 2016)

Cowboy iPadAbout the Play:
Cook is planning a special surprise party and needs to bake a very, very special cake. Musician is busy writing a birthday song to surprise her friend. But just as they get started Cowboy wanders in and wants to help out. As Cook and Musician set out to get the party ready without ruining the surprise for Cowboy they are met with some surprises of their own. How can Cook bake a cake when the eggs turn out to be maracas and the cake mix box is full of confetti?  Will Cook and Musician be able to get the party ready in time? Join Pollyanna’s professional actors in the kitchen for our next Pollyanna Play and Play production and find out.

A part of the Pollyanna Play and Play Series of Productions for Very Young Children. Best for children ages 2 – 4 and their caregivers.

By Bethany Lynn Corey

What: Cowboy in the Kitchen
Where: The Long Center’s AT&T Education Room, on the ground level of the Long Center, 701 West Riverside Dr., Austin, TX  78704
When: June 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
June 11 and 18 at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.
Tickets: For reservations, please call (512) 743-7966 or email judy@pollytheatre.org.
Cost: Tickets are $6 each and are available online through this website soon.
Group rates for parties of 10 or more are available by calling (512) 743-7966 or contacting us via email at judy@pollytheatre.org. Group rates are based upon the size of your group and the financial need of the children in your care.  Most groups pay an average of $4 per ticket.

Trouble on the Double
(July 9 – 18) 

Trouble ThumbAbout the Play:
This new play follows the story of young twins.  These two may look alike, but their personalities are very different.  While one is brave and not afraid to try anything, the other is timid and does not like to take any risks.  Can these siblings learn to balance each other out?  How much adventure is fun and how much is dangerous? Holly Hepp-Galvan’s newest play for Pollyanna will have audiences both thinking and laughing as the action unfolds.  Best for children ages 4 – 10 and their families.  A perfect summer-time trip to the theatre for both summer campers and families.

By Holly Hepp-Galvan

What: TROUBLE ON THE DOUBLE
Where: The Long Center’s Rollins Theatre, 701 W. Riverside Drive
When: School/camp performances: July 11, 14, 15 and 18 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Public performances: July 9 and 16 at 2 & 4 p.m., and Jan 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: For school performances, please call (512) 743-7966 or email judy@pollytheatre.org.
              For public performances, please make reservations through the Long Center (512) 474-5664 or by visiting thelongcenter.org
Cost: Weekday performances: Group rates for all weekday performances are based on the size of the group and the need for financial assistance.  The average rate is $3.25 – $5.25 per seat.
Weekend performances: Tickets for weekend performances through The Long Center Box Office range from $8  – $15.

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Testimonials

Here Comes Gosling
“As for “HERE COMES GOSLING“….my husband, a friend of ours and I brought Helena and a friend of hers to see the play. I thought our friend’s daughter would think it was “too baby” for her. I was pleasantly surprised to see our friend’s daughter belly laughing throughout the show. I believe that our older two children would have enjoyed it too. My husband and I were belly laughing as well. Adults and children thoroughly enjoyed it. Helena says, “It was super good!”
Lisa Hart
Parent

Too Many Frogs
“Everything about this performance, from the costumes to the set design, the dialogue to the pacing, held my youngest students captive throughout the show–almost a full 60 minutes! This was an event that will not soon be forgotten by our students.”
From a letter written to the City of Austin’s Cultural Contracts program

More Patterns
“This was the first theatre experience my nearly 4-year old had ever had. I was a little nervous about how he’d behave, but the director’s announcement in the beginning to “keep your thoughts in your head until after the show” really stuck. In fact, months later he still tells me to keep my thoughts in my head when he doesn’t want to be interrupted! The length of the show was perfect for his attention span, the costumes and set designs were like eye candy to him (and me!), and the actors did the incredible job of entertaining the adults in the room while captivating the children. My son can’t wait to see another show, and I can’t wait to take him!”
Theresa Misenti
Parent

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We work all year round on original professional new play productions designed for children and families, but until our audience arrives for our premiere performance events, the magic of theatre does not happen!

In that respect, every single performance is unique. It happens only once between the imaginations of the people in an audience, the actors and story on the stage. We work every day to create the best stories we can, but we need you to bring your imaginative power to the experience in order for real theatre to happen.

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Bring a child to see our plays at the Long Center, or bring us to your venue.

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