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“Not Just For Kids” aims to introduce the young to live music and theater

NewsYouth/Family September 17, 2015 Encore Staff

The Michigan Theater’s Not Just for Kids series is back for another season with a fun assortment of family-friendly professional theater performances, offering the opportunity to introduce kids to live music and theater!  This season, we are featuring onstage presentations of the books they love as well as a special appearance by Emmy nominees!  From Junie B. Jones to the grumpy Alexander to The Cat in the Hat… children’s favorite characters come to life onstage in one-hour shows designed to entertain and delight audiences of all ages.

The series kicks off on October 3 with Dog Loves Books and continues through May 2016. With tickets costing just $12 each ($10 for Michigan Theater members), it is affordable fun for the whole family (and a great break from watching video screens!)

Families can save money (and get the best seats) by purchasing season packages.  Packages include both standard series subscriptions of either four or five performances and premium series subscriptions which include two additional family performances by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.  Every season package purchased also includes a season pass for free adult admission to each of the eight films in our Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series (which offers free admission for kids 12 and under), which kicks off in September.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or in person at Nicola’s Books.  Packages can be purchased by contacting the Michigan Theater at 734-668-8397 x21.

The full schedule includes:

  • Dog Loves Books – Saturday, October 3 at 1:30 p.m. Based on Louise Yates’ New York Times bestseller, this delightful tale tells the story of Dog, who loves books SO much he opens his very own bookstore. At first he’s short of customers. But that’s all right, because when Dog is surrounded by books, he is never short of friends—or fun. And when customers begin arriving, he knows just which books to recommend.
  • Ariel, Zoey & Eli –  Saturday, December 12 at 1:30 p.m. Emmy Nominees Ariel, Zoey & Eli (AZE) have spent most of their young lives performing either on stage or in front of the camera. With two national television shows, their focus has always been on music, empowering their peers and enjoying those they meet along the way. This special concert will include their favorite songs, music to get you in the Holiday spirit and a few surprises! Ariel, Zoey & Eli received a 2015 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Song.
  • Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School –  Saturday, February 13 at 1:30 p.m. Now that Junie B. Jones has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know?  From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, June B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style in this new Junie B. show.
  • Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move – Sunday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m. Alexander has found out that his family is moving to a new town and that he must leave all his friends and schoolmates behind. Join Alexander as he learns that home is “where your family is” and that change can be exciting.
  • Seussical – Saturday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. The Cat in the Hat is the emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in a romp through Dr. Seuss’ classic stories. Specially adapted for young audiences from the Broadway show and featuring thirteen actors and enhanced production values, this musical promotes the power of imagination and shows how the most miraculous “think” ever can same the day.

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