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

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