If you are visiting Arizona with children and looking for a rich theatrical experience, plan a visit to Childsplay in Tempe, Az. This year, Childsplay’s 41st season, has been dubbed its ‘Storybook Season.’ It is not the first time this troupe of professional adult actors has brought beloved children’s literature to life on stage, however this 2017-2018 season, each of their 7 productions is a stage adaptation from a children’s book. Popular selections from the season have included Tomás and the Library Lady, Go Dog Go!, A Christmas Carol and The Snowy Day. Still to come are Maddi’s Fridge which runs through April 8th, and Flora & Ulysses (April 22 through May 20, 2018).
Childsplay productions are professional level theatrical performances that children and their families will truly adore. After many performances, the actors take time to answer audience questions, and education on several levels is integrated into each production. The mission of Childsplay is “to create theatre so strikingly original in form, content or both, that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love and respect for the medium, thus preserving imagination and wonder, the hallmarks of childhood which are keys to the future.”