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Children’s Theater Festival of Berks County

February 11-13, 2022

3 days packed with inspiring live performances and events!

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education has served Berks County for nearly a century, pivoting with a goal to create a celebratory space in our community; Live Theater’s ability to foster connectivity between the performers, the audience and the community cannot be understated. The concept of a Children’s Theater Festival has proven its merit in larger cities across the globe. With this in mind, the Yocum Institute presents this pilot theater festival in February 2022 and plans a wider reaching festival in 2023. We will use this experience to bring interesting, thought provoking, and entertaining theater to families that create shared experiences that inspire new dialogue throughout the community.

Join us this weekend as we bring to our community a celebration of stories of Friendship, Laughter, Dance and Music!

VIEW THEATER FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Please take the time to fill out this survey, we need to hear from you! What worked, what would you like to see added or changed next year? You are also welcome to email Beverly Houck, Artistic Director at primarystages@yocuminstitute.org with any direct feedback. SURVEY LINK

EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday, February 11
7:00 PM / Elephant & Piggie’s We are in a Play! PJ Party Night!SOLD OUT

8:30 PM / Improv Night, Laughter Guaranteed

Saturday, February 12
10:00 AM / FREE Storytime and Kids Activity with Guest Librarian

11:00 AM / Elephant & Piggie’s We are in a Play! Post Show Dance Party! Pre-registration is required.SOLD OUT

1:00 PM / Garba-Raas Folk Dance & Art Workshop

2:00 PM / FREE Storytime and Kids Activity with Guest Librarian

4:00 PM / Barrio Alegría Presents:… But We’re Still Here!

8:00 PM / Something Beautiful with Corinna Sowers Adler Featuring the Yocum Muses

Sunday, February 13
10:30 AM / FREE Pre-show Party Hat Craft

11:00 AM / Elephant & Piggie’s We are in a Play!

12:00 PM / FREE Storytime and Kids Activity with Guest Librarian

1:00 PM / Elephant & Piggie’s We are in a Play! Sensory Friendly Performance

3:00 PM / Something Beautiful with Corinna Sowers Adler Featuring the Yocum Muses


PrimaryStages Productions presents Elephant and Piggie’s, We Are In a Play!

Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books for Children
Book and lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma

Showing:

  • SOLD OUT Friday, February 11, 2022 at 7:00 PM – PJ Party Night
  • SOLD OUT Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 11:00 AM – with Post show Piggie Dance Party
  • Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM
  • Sunday, February 13, 2021 1:00 PM – *SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE

Get ready for a musical experience, ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’ beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, that will leave audiences doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long! In Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!”, Gerald and Piggie take to the stage in a rollicking adventure that is perfect for young audiences.

An elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, “bestus” (a word Gerald and Piggie made up that means “very best”) friends, but Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship. Piggie is not worried at all. She’s even happier and more excited than usual. That’s because she and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible.

Filled with beloved characters and lively songs, Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” is a perfect way to introduce young people to theatre. 

Tickets: Adults $15.00, Students 3+ $10.00

Ticket link: Elephant and Piggie’s We are in a Play! Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)

Supported by the Berks County Community Foundation, Reading Music Foundation

*What is “sensory friendly?” It is a relaxed performance atmosphere with quiet areas to leave the theater, house lights on through show, lowered volume of overall performance, vocal “warnings” by cast before confetti cannons and flashing lights.

Performed with permission from MTI International


Improv Night: Laughter Guaranteed

February 11, 2022 at 8:30 PM 

Featuring members of the Talent Scholarship Teen Theater Ensemble, selections from the Berks 24 hour Play Festival and other Special Guests for an evening of laughter and spontaneity.

Tickets: Pay What You Will, suggested $10

Ticket link: Improv Night: Laughter Guaranteed Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)


Barrio Alegría Presents:
… But We’re Still Here!

February 12, 2022 at 4:00 PM 

Storytelling through dance. This community engagement project takes the shape of a movement theater performance. Using the framework of classic fairytales, presenters integrate social justice issues to start and continue conversations in our community. The project builds a space for community members to gain leadership skills, explore self limiting beliefs, occupy spaces they do not naturally see themselves in, and build a better world.

…But We’re Still Here! brings the Three Little Pigs into a new world where they need to help a family dealing with work trouble, relationship problems, and community resiliency. After the Three Little Pigs lose their homes and are forced to do community service, they head over to help Candela and Adela. But will they arrive in time to help? Through love and humor, anything is possible! 

For more info on Barrio Alegria

Tickets: Pay What You Will, suggested $10
Ticket Link: Barrio Alegría Presents: Storytelling Through Dance Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)


Something Beautiful

with Corinna Sowers Adler

February 12, 2022 at 8:00 PM 
February 13, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Considered, “One of the most gorgeous voices in New York,” Corinna Sowers Adler, returns to Berks County with Something Beautiful,  which debuted at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room. Filled with magical songs, this splendid event incorporates both well-known and lesser known songs spanning genres from country to pop to Broadway. Corinna Sowers Adler will mesmerize and delight while packing an emotional punch with the songs of Something Beautiful.

Corinna, a Tony Award nominee for Excellence in Theatre Education, includes a chorus of Teen singers in Something Beautiful. Local young adults from across Berks County will join the artist onstage to share their voices to uplift and remind and encourage us all to bring and to be “something beautiful” in this world. 

“Look for future performance dates by her to be announced, and if those dates include Something Beautiful, run, don’t walk to see it. It will touch your heart, uplift your soul and make you want to dance.” – The Huffington Post

Featuring:
Piano: Stephen Murphy 
Bass: Wilhelmus Sapanaro 
Drums: Michael Advensky

Youth Singers:
Maggie Angstadt
Hailey Firek
Oliver Houck
Katie Kreska
Jacinda Motley
Kailey Reinboth
Maggie Smedley

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students
Ticket link: Something Beautiful, Cabaret with Corinna Sowers Adler Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)


Garba-Raas Folk Dance & Art Workshop

February 12, 2022 at 1:00 PM

Participants will have the opportunity to paint and decorate their sticks that they will use in the Garba-Raas. Garba is a dance based on circular pattern with hand movements. Raas is a line dance with sticks. Garba-Raas is a folk dance from India’s state of Gujarat that is popularly performed during the Hindu holiday of Navratri and other special occasion such as weddings.

Tickets: Pay What You Will, suggested $10
Ticket Link: Garba-Raas Folk Dance & Art Workshop Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)

The Children’s Theater Festival is Supported By:

Thank you to our generous sponsors! We could not have done this without you!