2015 Season

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Sarah the Dinosaur (July 11 – 20, 2015)

Sarah the Dinosaur Play for Children

About the Play:
Perfect for Pollyanna’s summer production, this play will be enjoyed by children as young as 4 and as old as 400. The production is the story of a young girl named Sarah who is tired of no one listening to her. But when her pre-school teacher tells her that she can “become anything she puts her mind to,” Sarah decides that the best way to get attention is to become a dinosaur and ROAR! Sarah soon learns that all attention is not positive when stomping and roaring turns the heads of everyone she encounters. Ultimately, Sarah finds her voice and the adults in her world learn to think twice before speaking. Best for students Kindergarten – 5.
By Andrew Perry and Kathleen Fletcher 

What: Sarah the Dinosaur
Where: The Long Center’s Rollins Theatre, 701 W. Riverside Drive
When: School/camp performances: July 13, 16 and 17 at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m., and July 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Public performances: July 11 and 18 at 2 & 4 p.m. and July 12 and 19 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: For school/camp 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

 

Pollyanna’s 2015/16 Season:  

Liberty, Equality, and Fireworks!
(October 7-10, 2015)

Liberty ThumbAbout 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: Oct. 7 at 11:30 a.m., and Oct. 8 and 9 at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
Public performances: Oct. 10 at 2 p.m.
Tickets for LIBERTY, EQUALITY, AND FIREWORKS! are available by calling (512) 743-7966 or by emailing judy@pollytheatre.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.

 

Pattern People
(January 23 – 31, 2016)

Pattern People ThumbAbout the Play:
This play is a theatrical exploration of many of the preliteracy skills needed to succeed in kindergarten. It is also a fun-filled 45 minutes when four good friends explore what many different people in their world do to keep things in their community humming along. But what happens when some of these people break their usual daily pattern of behavior? Pollyanna’s new production will be best enjoyed by children grades pre-k – 2.
By Emily Cicchini 

What: Pattern People
Where: The Long Center’s Rollins Theatre, 701 W. Riverside Drive
When: School performances: Jan. 25, 28, and 29 at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
Public performances: Jan. 23 and 30 at 2 & 4 p.m., Jan 24 and 31 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.

 

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.  YOUN 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.

 

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?  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.

So, teachers, caregivers, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends, we ask that you meet us half-way.

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

Together, we can create a more hopeful culture, for our children and our world!