St. Louis Public Library’s Play Date Theater will return this month for its fourth season. The free theater series is designed to introduce children to performing arts and theater etiquette through family-friendly productions geared to children ages preschool through second grade.
The 2017 Play Date Theater series kicks off March 18 with St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s “Tales of Shakespeare: Found at Sea,” which highlights selections from “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” “King Lear” and “Pericles.”
Other performances include “Flying Children,” presented by Circus Harmony’s Youth Circus Performers, April 15; DaySpring Arts’ “Mary Poppins,” May 20; Edie's Fairytale Theatre’s, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” June 17; DaySpring Arts’ “Seussical,” July 15; Kansas City’s Theatre of the Imagination’s “Stories Alive,” Aug. 19; Circus Harmony’s Youth Circus Performers’ “Flying Children, Part Deux,” Sept. 16; DaySpring Arts’ “Ballet, Napoli!,” Oct. 21; Edie's Fairytale Theatre’s “Wisdom of Fools,” Nov. 4; and The Hampstead Stage Company’s “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 16 (note that a Christmas Tea & Cookie reception with the performances will follow this production).
The performances are designed to accommodate children’s attention spans and include audience participation and an opportunity to meet the cast.
St. Louis Public Library’s Play Date Theater is performed from 2-3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month (except the Nov. 4 performance) in the auditorium at Central Library, which is located at 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO, 63103. Seating is first come, first served.