Fiesta Event Kicks off Playtime Stories Season

PLAYTIME STORIES CELEBRATES FIESTA WITH A LIVE PERFORMANCE OF

LAURA M. ALBERGHINI VENTIMIGLIA’S

NONNA, WHAT IS ST. PETER’S FIESTA?

ON JUNE 29 AT GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY

A Live Fiesta Theater Performance for Young Audience Members Age 2 and Older
and An Opportunity to Meet the Author

Gloucester Stage Company proudly announces a special Playtime Stories event celebrating St. Peter’s Fiesta with a live performance of Laura M. Alberghini Ventimiglia’s NONNA, WHAT IS ST. PETER’S FIESTA? on Saturday, June 29 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. An engaging combination of children’s stories and live performances for ages 2 and older, Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. To celebrate Fiesta on Saturday, June 29 the Playtime Stories Company will read and perform Gloucester resident Laura M. Alberghini Ventimiglia’s new book, NONNA, WHAT IS ST. PETER’S FIESTA? and Tomie dePaola’s STREGA NONA. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops and crafts relating to the story. On June 30 audience members can craft their own Seine boat and participate in Playtime Stories Seine Boat Races at GSC and make their own Fish magnets.

Playtime Stories is pleased to welcome special guest author Laura M. Alberghini Ventimiglia to sign copies of her new book which will be available for sale. According to Youth Acting Workshop Director and Teacher Heidi Dallin, ” We are honored to have Laura at this Playtime Stories special event to celebrate Fiesta for the second year in a row. She is an inspiration to our audiences and the young performers in the Playtime Stories Company. Last year’s Fiesta Playtime Stories was standing room only – the biggest audience we have had in Playtime Stores history! The actors and I could not wait to bring Laura’s story back this year. NONNA, WHAT IS ST. PETER’S FIESTA? is now a Playtime Stories tradition. ”

Each Saturday from June 29 through August 17 the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of veteran members of the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop program and special guest narrators perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. “We have had a great response to the Playtime Stories program over the past four summers, ” points out Dallin, ” It is a terrific way for YAW to reach out to younger audiences to spark their excitement in live performance. Many of the veteran YAW students in the Playtime Stories Company have been involved in the YAW program since they were 5 years old and now they will inspire the next generation of YAW students!”

Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The Playtime Stories season consists of July 13: MAGIC 101: The Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night and The Magic School Bus: Inside a Beehive ; July 20: A DELIGHTFUL DAY of Dr. SEUS: The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who; July 27: MYSTERY MAYHEM: Scooby-Doo and Where’s Mommy?; August 3: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO READ ABOUT THEM: Where the Wild Things Are and Pegasus, the Flying Horse; August 10: BONJOUR! ADVENTURES IN FRANCE: Madeline and The Little Prince; and August 17: SUMMER FINALE: Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Quiet Cricket; and Judith Viorist’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5 for one child (includes one free adult). Free coffee and donuts provided by Jim’s Bagel and Bake Shoppe. For more information or tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit http://www.gloucesterstage.com

Playtime Stories Cast members with Author Laura M. Alberghini Ventimiglia and Translator Diletta Ballati at Gloucester Stage Photo by Heidi

PLAYTIME STORIES CELEBRATES VIRGINIA LEE BURTON ON JULY 15

Live Theater Performances at Gloucester Stage for Young Audience Members Age 2 and Older

Gloucester Stage Company proudly announces A Celebration of local author Virginia Lee Burton at Playtime Stories,  on Saturday, July 15 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. An engaging combination of children’s stories and live performances for ages 2 and older, Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. Saturday, July 15 the stories are Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel The Little House narrated by Danvers native and 2016 Education Apprentice Sarah Vandewalle and performed by Youth Acting Workshop students and members of the 2017 Apprentice Company. According to Youth Acting Workshop Director and Teacher Heidi Dallin, “We had a great response to the Playtime Stories program over the past two summers. It is a terrific way for YAW to reach out to younger audiences to spark their excitement in live performance. Many of the veteran YAW students in the Playtime Stories Company have been involved in the YAW program since they were 5 years old and now they will inspire the next generation of YAW students!” Each week through August 19 Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors.  July 15 is a A Celebration of Cape Ann author Virginia Lee Burton with the books: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Little House

Playtime Stories at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester runs throughSaturday, August 19. Upcoming books to be read and performed by the Playtime StoriesCompany include; July 22: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Doctor De Soto, The Little Mouse, the Ripe Red Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear ; July 29: Where the Wild Things Are andCorduroy ; August 5 Dr. Seuss Celebration: Oh, the Places You’ll Go and Green Eggs and Ham with more stories to be announced for August 12 and August 19. All Playtime Storyperformances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information or tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

PLAYTIME STORIES RETURNS TO GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY ON JULY 8 

PLAYTIME STORIES RETURNS TO GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY ON JULY 8 

Live Theater Performances for Young Audience Members Age 2 and Older

Gloucester Stage Company proudly announces Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories and live performances for ages 2 and older, on Saturday, July 8 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester and runs through Saturday, August 19.Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. According to Youth Acting Workshop Director and Teacher Heidi Dallin, “We had a great response to the Playtime Stories program over the past two summers. It is a terrific way for YAW to reach out to younger audiences to spark their excitement in live performance. Many of the veteran YAW students in the Playtime Stories Company have been involved in the YAW program since they were 5 years old and now they will inspire the next generation of YAW students!” Each week from July 8 through August 19Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors.  July 8 is a A Celebration of author Eric Carle with the books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar; The Grouchy Ladybug and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.   Upcoming books to be read and performed by the Playtime Stories Company include July 15: A Celebration of Virginia Lee Burton with Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel; July 22: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Doctor De Soto, The Little Mouse, the Ripe Red Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear ; July 29: Where the Wild Things Are and Corduroy ; August 5 Dr. Seuss Celebration: Oh, the Places You’ll Go and Green Eggs and Ham with more stories to be announced for August 12 and August 19. All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 amat Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information or tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

PLAYTIME STORIES CONTINUES WITH DR. SEUSS DAY

AT GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY ON SATURDAY, JULY 16

Live Theater Performances and Activities for Young Audience Members Age 2 and Older

Gloucester Stage Company proudly continues Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories, live performances and activities for ages 2 and older, on Saturday, July 16 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. Each week Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The books for included for July 16: Dr. Seuss Day: What Pet Should I Get?; The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax; July 23: Virginia Lee Burton Day: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Little House; July 30Rumpelstiltskin and Where the Wild Things Are.  All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

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PLAYTIME STORIES CONTINUES WITH THE THREE LITTLE PIGS AND THE LITTLE RED HEN

AT GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY ON JUNE 25

Live Theater Performances of Classic Stories for Young Audience Members Age 3 and Older

Gloucester Stage Company proudly continues Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories and live performances for ages 3 and older, on Saturday, June 25 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. Each week Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The books for June 25 are The Three Little Pigs and The Little Red Hen. Upcoming weeks include the books:  Curious Georgeand Little Bunny Foo Foo on July 9. Other Stories planned for July include Virginia Lee Burton’sMike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Rumpelstiltskin, and the Dr. Seuss classics, The Loraxand What Pet Should I Get?  All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

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PLAYTIME STORIES OPENS FOR 2016 SEASON ON JUNE 18

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Gloucester Stage Presents Live Theater Performances for Young Audiences 

Gloucester Stage Company proudly launches the 2016 season of  Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories, live performances and interactive events for ages 3 and older, onSaturday, June 18 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators. The company performs a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations followed by a weekly series of dynamic interactive events related to the story. According Youth Acting Workshop Director and Teacher Heidi Dallin, “We had a great response to the Playtime Stories program last summer. It is a terrific way for YAW to reach out to younger audiences to spark their excitement in live performance. Many of the veteran YAW students in the Playtime Stories Company have been involved in the YAW program since they were 5 years old and now they will inspire the next generation of YAW students!” Each week Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The books for June 18 are the classic Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends: Thomas Goes Fishing, Based on The Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry and The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch. Upcoming books to be read and performed by the Playtime Stories Company include The Three Little Pigs and The Little Red Hen on June 25; Curious George and Little Bunny Foo Foo on July 9. Other Stories planned for July include Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Rumpelstiltskin, and the Dr. Seuss classics, The Lorax and What Pet Should I Get?  All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.comSummer_2015_Edit (1)

PLAYTIME STORIES RETURNS TO GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY ON JUNE 18

Live Theater Performances for Young Audience Members Age 3 and Older
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Playtime Stories Company member Ella de Gaspe Beaubien shows off the paper bag puppet she made during a puppet making workshop following the performance

Gloucester Stage Company proudly launches the 2016 season of  Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories and live performances for ages 3 and older, on Saturday, June 18 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. According Youth Acting Workshop Director and Teacher Heidi Dallin, “We had a great response to the Playtime Stories program last summer. It is a terrific way for YAW to reach out to younger audiences to spark their excitement in live performance. Many of the veteran YAW students in the Playtime Stories Company have been involved in the YAW program since they were 5 years old and now they will inspire the next generation of YAW students!” Each weekPlaytime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The books for June 18 are the classicThomas The Tank Engine and Friends: Thomas Goes Fishing, Based onThe Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry and The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch. Upcoming books to be read and performed by the Playtime Stories Company include The Three Little Pigs and The Little Red Hen onJune 25; Curious George and Little Bunny Foo Foo on July 9. Other Stories planned for July include Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Rumpelstiltskin, and the Dr. Seuss classics, The Lorax and What Pet Should I Get?  All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

 

PLAYTIME STORIES CONTINUES: PETER PAN & RAPUNZEL

  PLaytime_Stories_Activties_TableActivity Time at Playtime Stories: Playtime Stories Actors and Audience work on fun crafts after the show

LIVE AT GLOUCESTER STAGE SATURDAY AUGUST 22 AT 10AM

 Live Theatre Performances for Young Audience Members Age 3 and Older

Gloucester Stage continues Playtime Stories, a fun combination of children’s stories, live performances and children’s activities for ages 3 and older, on Saturday, August 22 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. The stories set for August 22 are the classic tales of Peter Pan and  areRapunzel. Following the performance, young audience members are invited to join Youth Program Director Heidi Dallin, Gloucester Stage Education Apprentices: Avery Daniels and Amelia Dornbush and cast members from the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop program for activities and theatre games. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theatre as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage as well as the opportunity to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each week Playtime Stories explores a different story ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. Upcoming books to be read and performed by the Playtime Stories Company are Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and his new story, What Pet Should I Get? on August 29. AllPlaytime Stories’ performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com 

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Playtime_Stories_Company_PerformsThe Playtime Stories Company Performs

PLAYTIME STORIES ON SATURDAY MORNING AT GLOUCESTER STAGE

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SEE MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL AND

HENRY AND MUDGE COME ALIVE ON STAGE

Live Theatre Performances for Young Audience Members Age 3 and Older

Gloucester Stage continues Playtime Stories, a fun combination of children’s stories, live performances and children’s activities for ages 3 and older, on Saturday, August 8 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. The stories set for August 8 are Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and Cynthia Rylant’s Henry and Mudge. Following the stories, young audience members are invited to join Youth Program Director Heidi Dallin, Gloucester Stage Education Apprentices: Avery Daniels and Amelia Dornbush and cast members for activities and theatre games.Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theatre as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage as well as the opportunity to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each week Playtime Stories explores a different story ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. Upcoming books to be read and performed by the Playtime Stories Company include Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel on August 8, the classic stories of Cinderella andPeter Pan on August 15 and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Dr. Seuss’ new story, What Pet Should I Get? on August 22 All Playtime Stories’ performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

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Photos by Heidi Dallin