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Voyage

Voyage is a theatre experience for the young, founded by ArtWorks Academy.  While there is value in all live theatrical productions, theatre developed specifically for children and youth is done so in a way that ignites their imagination and invites them to share in the wonder that only live theatre can bring.  Voyage produces plays and musicals for all ages.  Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) productions have been developed by theatre across the globe since the 1920s.  They encompass different forms of theatre that are attended by or created for younger audiences.  Theatre for the Very Young (TVY) is a theatre genre that has been popular in Europe and Australia for decades, but has only recently gained visibility in the U.S.  We are proud to offer both TVY and TYA performances.

Theatre For the Very Young (0-5 year olds) 

Multi-sensory, interactive performances designed for babies, toddlers and their caregivers.  The performances are immersive and intimate, encouraging the child to become part of the theatrical experience through dramatic play, music, dance, and hands on props.

Theatre For Young Audiences (All ages)

Theatrical experiences for school-aged children and the young at heart. The works performed are meant to educate, inspire, and entertain. Performances are often a tool for transformation, intending to voice identity and empower children and youth to explore their creativity through educational material.

Imagination

Imagination is an essential component of childhood, helping children grow, think, create and play. Voyage productions are created with the child’s imagination in mind.  Our goal is to inspire wonder and curiosity in children.

Empathy

Voyage productions bring children and youth together to experience a shared event, a story. By watching a play or musical, children gain an understanding for characters and subtext within the story.  This helps them better relate to different situations, backgrounds and cultures, allowing them to show compassion for others.

Education

Studies show consistent participation in theatre and the arts greatly improves academic performances. Theatre teaches students about history, science, and cultures.  It also helps enhance their vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Wake Up, Brother Bear!

Watch as Brother and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons. Together we see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action with a small bag of props that help create magical moments.

Creators:
Janet Stanford, playwright
Kathryn Chase Bryer, playwright
Katie Chambers, composer

Dates: October 19-24, 2021

Location: ArtWorks Academy’s Loft Theatre

Admission: $8 (all children and adults need to purchase a ticket)

My First Nutcracker

Clara Marie is hosting a party, and the whole audience is invited!

In this contemporary adaptation of a beloved classic, little ones can enjoy an interactive introduction to The Nutcracker in under an hour. Through audience participation, adventure with Clara Marie and her friends through the snowy skies, to the Land of Sweets, and around the world–and even learn some dance along the way. My First Nutcracker is sure to be a holiday favorite!

Adapted for Young Audiences by Barbara Zinn Krieger
Premiere Directed & Choreographed by Melissa Riker
Featuring the Music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Dates: December 3-5, 2021

Location: ArtWorks Academy’s Loft Theatre

Admission: $12 (all children and adults need to purchase a ticket)

A Peter Rabbit Tale

Peter Rabbit doesn’t think life as a rabbit is all it’s cracked up to be in this spirited children’s musical. His mother is always making him do chores, and Peter’s had just about all he can take of his goody two-shoes twin sisters. After being picked on for the last time, Peter decides to run away from home and find a better place to live — somewhere he can be in charge, do whatever he wants, and be free of responsibility. But as Peter struggles to live with other animals, from feisty squirrels to sewing mice, he begins to realize his life at home might not have been so bad after all.

Book by Sarah Brandt
Music and Lyrics by Neal Richardson 

Dates: April 2022 (exact dates TBA)

Location: ArtWorks Academy’s Loft Theatre

Admission: $12 (all children and adults need to purchase a ticket)

ArtWorks Academy of Performing Arts is a proud member of TYA/USA (the leading national organization for the professional field of theatre for children and families) and American Association of Community Theatre (AACT).