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Cleveland Playhouse Children's Series

Annually, NEST submits a group order at the end of August to secure the best pricing for tickets to the Children's Playhouse Series, held at the Cleveland Playhouse.  This is an excellent opportunity to introduce and offer live theater to your children over the age of 2.   (Children under 2 are not permitted to these educational performances).   Some performances are geared towards a specific age group, however, I have found all ages will be able to appreciate every performance and find something of value.  All shows for the Playhouse are $5 if we meet a minimum of 10 per show, which we seem to do.

Performance Schedule:

Descriptions for shows Oct thru Mar are found here. 

Oct 28 - noon - Mufaro's Beautiful Daughter
Jan 24 - noon - Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Eric Carle Treasures. 
Feb 10 - 10 am - Bill Blagg's Science of Magic
Feb 16 - noon - The American Revolution
Mar 10 - noon - DiNO - Light

Descriptions for shows in May are found here. 

May 3 - 10 am - The Moon's Balloon
May 3 - noon - The Man Who Planted Trees
May 5 - 10 am - Grug and the Rainbow
May 5 - 12:15 pm - Morgan's Journey
All shows have recommended ages or grades. However it is recommended to see beyond those suggestions as homeschoolers. If your older students are into set design, lighting, sound and direction, they can enjoy the simplest of performances looking for these elements and could present an elaborate breakdown, presentation for you at home. Additionally, the younger ones, will also enjoy the sites and sounds of the more mature performances, as each performance is no longer than 55 mins. Having seen many of these performances, there is so much to learn from attending each performance no matter the subject matter. As homeschoolers we have full control over how deep or light we wish to explore a topic with our children. It is up for interpretation, always.

Please see the website for full descriptions.  Note: there are other times and dates for these shows, however in order to receive a group rate, the dates listed above are the ones selected for NEST Homeschool Group Purchases.  All tickets have been reserved for NEST.  If you are interested in any of the above shows, contact the Playhouse to see if your ticket purchase can be made directly, but with the NEST group to received the discount. 
 Payment deadline  was August 22nd.  

* - Middle School and Highschool workshops available.  Call the Playhouse directly to register your child if interested.

Talespinner Children's Theatre, TCT - One performance this fall.
Westside Performance Opportunity.

Location - 5209 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102

Dec 16th, 10 am - Hook and Smee (a Tale of Never Never Land)

Payment Information: All seats are $8 and payment is made at the door.  Cash only.  

Immediately following the hour-long performance, the actors sit down on the stage and participate in a 15-20 minute talk-back with the students, moderated by a TCT staff member--which is optional, but free and available to all student matinee attendees.

Magical Theater Company - Barberton, OH
565 W. Tuscarawas Ave, Barberton, Ohio

Past performances have been very well organized.  They use a professional core of adult actors supported by very talented young actors.  There is a study guide available prior to the show to make the most of the event.  Matinee Tickets sell out quickly! 

Payment Information: 

All seats are marked for each show and payments are made via Paypayl to  of mail to: Kristen Cimera
558 E. Main Street, Ravenna OH 44266
Send payment via friends and family, as I don't collect fees for this free service.  

Indicate in the notes section:

  1. Parent first and last name
  2. Mailing Address
  3. Email address
  4. Number of tickets per show
  5. Date of each show

The Big Friendly Giant
Performance Date: Friday, October 21, 2016, 10:00am Cost: $6 per ticket
Deadline: Friday, September 23 or until 25 reservations are received

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Performance Date: Friday, December 2, 2016, 10:00am Cost: $6 per ticket
Deadline: Friday, October 28 or until 25 reservations are received

The Diary of Ann Frank

Performance Date: Friday, January 27,

10:00am Cost: $9 per tickets
Deadline: Friday, January 6 or until 25 reservations are received.

Note: The Weathervane no longer has their grant supported shows during the day, however NEST will probably do a group ticket buy for their spring production of To Kill a Mockingbird for those who are interested.