Save The Dates: EQT Children’s Theater Festival 2017

Save the dates for Fun and Fantastic Performances! Continue on to keep reading the Press Release from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.


Source: Festival: EQT Children’s Theater Festival 2017, Cultural District on Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Pressroom


Pittsburgh, PA–The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the EQT Children’s Theater Festival will be held May 18-21, 2017 in the Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh. In the 31st annual celebration of international children’s programming, attendees are encouraged to enjoy six sensational performances, including a United States premiere, in addition to more than 35 family-friendly activities. The festival is presented by the Children’s Theater and Festival division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Single tickets for the featured performances go on sale to the public on Monday, January 30, 2017.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the 31st EQT Children’s Theater Festival with wonderful international performances and expanded programming for all ages,” shared Pamela Komar, Director of Theater, Music and Youth Programming and Executive Director of the Children’s Theater Series and Festival at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Once again, we are excited to invite performers from around the globe to foster cultural exchange and wonder through the performing arts. From popular stories coming to life to interactive outdoor theater performances, festival activities are created to inspire and engage all ages. We look forward to creating memories at this year’s festival!”

The 31st EQT Children’s Theater Festival features ticketed performances by six award-winning theater companies from Australia, Mexico, the United States, Denmark and Northern Ireland. A mix of teen-focused performances, like Simple Gifts, and child-centric shows such as The Way Back Home, this year’s festival has something for everyone. The schedule includes the United States premier of Pulse, a theater experience carefully designed for the youngest of theatergoers using texture and lively games to invite infants and toddlers into a creative space. More than 35 free activities designed to complement featured performances, including hands-on activities, public art and music at numerous indoor and outdoor spaces will take place throughout the Cultural District.

For the fourth year, the EQT Foundation, the charitable affiliation of EQT Corporation, will serve as the lead and title sponsor of the Children’s Theater Festival. Established in 2003, the EQT Foundation provides educational opportunities for children, as well as adults, values the development of liveable communities, and is committed to the preservation of natural resources. The EQT Foundation prides itself on being a responsible corporate citizen and invests in programs that promote an understanding of culture and heritage.

“The EQT Foundation is honored to return as underwriter of the EQT Children’s Theater Festival, an exceptional event that brings international performing and visual artists to the region for our children to experience first-hand,” said Charlene Petrelli, President, EQT Foundation.  “We are proud to share these outstanding arts and educational programs with our region’s youth and provide opportunities to promote awareness of global cultures, as well as local heritage.  The EQT Children’s Theater Festival never disappoints with its array of extraordinary events for the enrichment of all attendees.”

For 31 years, the EQT Children’s Theater Festival has brought the community the diversity and culture of international arts and entertainment without having to leave the Pittsburgh area! The festival has featured performing artists from around the world, spanning six continents, and is known for presenting unique, globally-inspired arts, music, one-of-a-kind installation, premiers and free hands-on activities for any age. The festival welcomes everyone to participate in the educational and cultural experiences that bring people together when enjoying elements of fun and surprise. The festival serves as a gateway for children of all ages to experience professional performing arts programming that inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way.

Featured Ticketed Performances
All ticketed performances will take place in the Cultural District.  Single tickets for the featured performances go on sale, Monday, January 30, 2017.  For tickets and information, please visit, call 412-456-6666, or visit the Theater Square Box Office at 655 Penn Avenue.  Groups of 10 or more, please call 412-471-6930 or visit:

For a full description of each Featured Ticketed Performance, including performance times, please visit 

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters – An African Tale by Dallas Children’s Theater
United States
Ages 5-11 | 65 minutes
Venue: August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue

When Mufaro learns that a great African king wants to meet the most worthy and beautiful women in order to choose a wife, he decides that both of his daughters should go.  During their journey to the King, Mufaro’s beautiful daughters Manyara and Nyasha encounter mysterious situations that test their courage, kindness and strength of spirit.  Celebrate goodness, generosity and love with traditional chanting, rhythmic drumming, and glorious African song in this beautiful Zimbabwe-based Cinderella tale based on the 1988 Caldecott Honor Award book by John Steptoe.  The story was adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott, with music and lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa.

The Way Back HomebyTeater Refleksion and Branar Theater

Denmark and Ireland
Ages 3-8 | 40 minutes
Venue: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue

When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: he flies into outer space!  Millions of miles from earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake.  The boy makes a daring landing on the moon where he realizes he’s not alone up there.  Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers, The Way Back Home explores the boundless imagination of children through puppetry, wonderful music, and creative wordless storytelling. 

We Built This City by Polyglot Theatre
All Ages | 30 minutes
Venue: 7th Street & Penn Avenue, Outdoor interactive installation, with partial tent

The whole family will enjoy building the cities of their dreams in this giant cardboard construction site.  Thousands of cardboard boxes take over in this interactive performance where children build entire cities and towns of skyscrapers, tunnels, and sprawling estates that reflect the time and place of their immediate culture.  With a rocking soundtrack and Polyglot Theatre artists roaming the site, We Built This City is one of the happiest projects you will ever experience.  We Built This City is made possible in-part by the Maranne P. Welch Family Endowment.  Established in 2015, the Maranne P. Welch Family Endowment supports adventurous theater for young audiences.

Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In a Play!
The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour
United States
Ages 3-8 | 60 minutes
Venue: Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street

Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense in Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!  This vaudevillian romp of a musical is based on Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books.  Together, these best friends face fundamental questions like: What do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by the nutty backup singers The Squirrelles, the duo even gets the audience involved in the action. You’ll be doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long!  This performance is also part of the 2016-2017 Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series.

*Sensory Friendly Performances, which will include interactivity, rhythm, repetition, reduced sound levels and gentle lighting is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Simple Gifts by Cashore Marionettes
United States
Ages 7+ | 60 minutes
Venue: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue

Experience a series of touching and poignant scenes from everyday life told through a beautiful and skillful manipulation of marionettes.  Set to music, this theatrical and artistic program will provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what it is to be human.  This performance is also part of the 2016-2017 EQT Bridge Theater Series.  

Pulse by Teatro al Vacio
Ages 0-2 | 30 minutes
Venue: Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue

Carefully designed for the youngest of theatergoers, Pulse uses textures and lively games to invite infants and toddlers into a safe, positive, and friendly environment that will stimulate their sense of creativity. Actors create an extraordinary space ready for exploration, connecting with simple materials to transform their surroundings into a world of play.  This event is a U.S. premiere.

Sensory-Friendly Performance Schedule
Sensory-friendly events during this year’s festival include Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In a Play! taking place at the Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Sensory-friendly performance will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

The festival grounds and featured performance venues are fully handicap accessible. ASL interpreters are provided for featured performances upon request when requests are made at least 10 business days in advance. For information and questions, please call (412) 456-6666.

Other accessibility offerings include:

  • Wheelchair-accessible restrooms located at Theater Square.
  • ADA-compliant cable covers are used throughout the outdoor pop-up spaces, where applicable.
  • Guide animals are welcome in all festival locations.
  • Large-print programs are available at information booths.
  • Sensory-friendly performances.

For more on accessibility, please visit

Festival Logistics
The festival grounds will include a variety of food options and vendors, visual art programming at local galleries, pop-up green spaces, free hands-on activities, and free outdoor performances coordinated with Youth Express. Festival hours are 10:00am-2:00pm on Thursday, May 18 and 10:00am-6:00pm on Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Information booths will be open during festival hours providing information, tickets and merchandise. Each Featured Performance venue will have staff on-site 60 minutes prior to show time.

Tickets and Information
Tickets are $9 for features performances. Multi-show packs are available and offered for as low as $6 per show! Flex Vouchers from the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series and EQT Bridge Theater Series are honored for all ticketed events taking place during the festival.  Visit, call (416) 456-6666, or pick up tickets in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930, or visit

Parking and Transportation
Reserve parking vouchers in the heart of the Cultural District at Theater Square Parking Garage. A limited number of vouchers will be held for festival visitors each day. To reserve your parking voucher, call 412-456-6666 or visit the Box Office at Theater Square.

Festival travel as convenient and comfortable as possible! For information about parking lots and garages in the Cultural District, visit This site shows real-time parking availability in over 20 downtown parking lots with parking inventory updates every 30 seconds.The Cultural District is serviced by public transportation options through the Port Authority of Allegheny County. For more information, visit

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges the following organizations for their participation and support of the 2017 EQT Children’s Theater Festival. 

Special Thanks To

EQT Foundation

Citizens Bank

Gateway Health

Giant Eagle, Inc.

Allegheny Regional Asset District

The Buhl Foundation

The Fine Foundation

The Grable Foundation

The Maranne P. Welch Family Endowment

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

The Sprout Fund


Alco Parking Corporation


City of Pittsburgh

Katie’s Kandy

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Roving Art Cart

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Media Partners

91.3 WYEP



Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Saturday Light Brigade

Youth Express

Families and Festival Friends help the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to continually present affordable, high quality theater productions. Giving $100 or more grants Members access to reserved seating at the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series, EQT Bridge Theater Series and EQT Children’s Theater Festival. As a Member, you’ll also receive many other terrific benefits for a full year ! Visit or call 412-471-3518 for more details.

The EQT Children’s Theater Festival (celebrating its 31st year in 2017) is one of only four international children’s theater festivals in the nation.  The festival is known for performances and area premieres from artists around the world, free outdoor arts, music and installations, and unique free hands-on activities for any age. The festival welcomes everyone to participate in the educational and cultural experiences that bring people together while enjoying elements of fun and surprise.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit

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The Pittsburgh Color Me Rad Family 5k

Athletes and non-athletes alike are pulling out their white t-shirts in anticipation of this year’s Color Me Rad in Pittsburgh!

On May 7, racers will become multi-colored masterpieces as they join hundreds of other color revelers in the “raddest” 5K around. This year, participants will Dare to Be RAD, tackling challenges throughout the course in an array of 90’s inspired color. Pricing increases on April 29, sign up now at to take advantage of current pricing.

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Color Me Rad is loosely based on the Hindu Festival of Colors, otherwise known as Holi. The festive colors used are a sign of winter’s end and spring’s new beginnings. Or in the case of RAD; the color represents the end of lame runs and the beginning of fun runs.

Start out as clean as a newborn babe, and throughout the run, our volunteers will coat you with liquids, powders, and gels of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until your face, shirt, and body come out silkscreened like a tie-dyed hippie on the other side. Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter’s palate until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color.

The Finish Line – This is the royal rumble of color. Every 15 – 20 minutes, participants grab their color powder and create a revival of the RAD sorts. There will be music, food, and more RAD runners than the 80s. Hugs are free and just like any good AA meeting, spectators are welcome.

#colormerad5k ’90s inspired color filled race Pittsburgh 5/7 SAVE 15% w/code “pittsmommybloggers” @colormerad @usfg

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Review: Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles returned to Pittsburgh this Monday, for a one night only performance. My 19 year old son was excited to be my date, as he grew up listening to me grow up with my parents listening to them grow up with The Beatles. Whew!! Three generations of adults all whom have found a special love for the greatest band of all time.

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What an amazing collage. Photo credit: 411inthe412
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My son and I Photo credit: 411inthe412

This was my second time experiencing Rain, and many of my friends asked me, “Are they any good?”

Well, let me tell you a little story that goes like this… two, three, fo –

“Picture yourself in a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies.” Imagine a concert, a play and a history lesson with a little bit of audience participation all wrapped up into two acts of music and imagery. Yeah, it’s pretty powerful stuff and not your everyday cover band. Decades of performing together have bonded the Fab 4 to perfect melodies, harmonies and even individual body language, facial expressions and quirks of the boys themselves.

Their day names are Steve, Paul, Joe and Aaron… but at night they are John, Paul, George and Ringo (Ob-la-di Ob-la-da). They play the music of The Beatles, live with instruments, as nothing is prerecorded or lip synced. They endure 5 costume changes between video clips taking you through the Magical Mystery of the 60’s and how The Beatles came to Let It Be.

What started as a cover band has become an incredible Broadway production appropriate for all ages of music lovers. Thirty nine songs composed this night’s performance; although many of the infamous twenty seven #1 hits were played, they squeezed in some lesser popular songs to give it the real feel of the flip side. Some included, “In My Life”, “Girl” and “If I Fell”. And, each member wowed with their own solo renditions including Paul’s “Yesterday”, John’s “Across The Universe”, George’s “Here Comes The Sun” and Ringo’s “A Little Help From My Friends”.

My first experience last year left me in tears, and this year was no different. I sprouted goosebumps more than once and found myself singing, dancing and hugging my son during every love song. It was magic.

As compared to the first time I experienced Rain, it just seems to get better, like a fine wine. Or, perhaps my Beatle appreciation is growing and I’m finding more to enjoy about the show. Either way – I hope they come back next year.

I love you @raintribute

Click here to order essential Rain Gear!

Thanks as always for the continuing support of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust @culturaltrust


*Win Tickets* Disney On Ice Presents Frozen

I don’t know about you, but in regards to winter, I am ready to ‘Let It Go’, and the sooner the better. There is no better way to welcome early spring than with one final snow themed event, Disney On Ice… this year’s presentation: Frozen!

Thanks to our friends, we have a family four pack of tickets to Opening Night to giveaway to a lucky fan. This giveaway is going on now through Friday March 4, 5pm. We will draw a winner at random and make the announcement at that time.

Showtime for this event is Thursday March 10, 2016, 7:00pm at the Consol Energy Center.

photo credit to Feld Entertainment


photo credit to Feld Entertainment

How to Win…

Complete the entry form below, and you’re done!

You will receive a confirmation email with your entry number within 24 hours. Must be 18+ enter, one entry per adult only, no purchase necessary.

Can’t wait? Get your tickets now!


  • Thursday, March 10, 2016            7:00PM
  • Friday, March 11, 2016                  10:30AM & 7:00PM
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016             11:00AM & 3:00PM & 7:00PM
  • Sunday, March 13, 2016                11:00AM & 3:00PM & 7:00PM

Tickets start at:                                 $35

To order tickets by phone:           Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone at 1-800-745-3000

To order tickets online:       

Do you wanna read a press release? Here you go…

Pittsburgh, PA, February 17, 2016 – Feld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in producing live touring family entertainment, today announced that its 34thDisney On Ice spectacular will bring the Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, to life.  Disney On Ice presents Frozen Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt visits Pittsburgh from March 10, 2015 to March 13, 2015 for 9 performances at CONSOL Energy Center; tickets are on sale now.


The Academy Award® winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic of two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa.  Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers.    Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear.  Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.”


“In our more than 30 years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like this,” says producer Nicole Feld.  “While it might seem obvious that Frozen is well suited for the ice, this Disney On Ice production will touch audiences emotionally through innovative show elements and world-class skating.”


Frozen directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee add, “Seeing audiences around the world embrace Frozen has been the experience of a lifetime.  And to now have the chance to consult with the talented team at Feld Entertainment and watch their creation come to life on ice, is thrilling.”


In Disney On Ice presents Frozen Presented by YoKids, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favorite characters from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all.  Director Patty Vincent says, “Our goal is to showcase these heartwarming characters in a way that allows the audience to cheer and sing along throughout this emotional journey.”


To create a completely immersive experience for the audience, the set design will encompass the space from the ice surface up through the air, drawing everyone into the story and closer to the characters. Families will feel that they are trekking up to the North Mountains with Anna, Kristoff and Sven, and they will tangibly experience the storm inside Elsa.  Elsa’s magic will be enhanced by state-of-the art special effects while her emotions will be conveyed through powerful skating.

Pittsburgh, PA
CONSOL Energy Center



Visit Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt

Saturday February 6 marks National Frozen Yogurt Day, and many will be celebrating by visiting their favorite local shops to indulge on froyo and fixings. Especially so if the weather holds up as it has been here in Pittsburgh.

About 10 minutes south of Downtown, you’ll find a friendly little hangout in Mt. Lebanon that serves, in my opinion, the best froyo in Pittsburgh. Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt is located conveniently in a cute cubby of the South Hills, and offers a very unique selection of gourmet, organic frozen yogurt. I had the chance to visit Owner Lyl Rose at her store this week to sample the flavors on tap.

I asked Lyl, “what is important to know about Piccadilly that it stands apart from the rest.” Her answer was simple. Literally. Simplicity of ingredients and knowing the source of them is very important to Lyl. The history of Piccadilly is based on sourcing local farmers to provide a quality product, natural and unstripped of nutritional value. Froyo isn’t the only thing offered that is organic. Toppings are also locally sourced, including a good selection of fruits and nuts. Lyl aims to offer a variety of flavors of yogurt and toppings that are yummy and indulgent, as well as healthful and guilt free.

Hand drawn by a local high school student
Hand drawn by a local high school student

And, now for the taste test. My favorites were…

  • Salted Caramel… is sooo good. It tastes very similar to butter pecan ice cream. Balanced flavor and viscosity to activate the sweet and salty simultaneously, and again I stress, no bitter!
  • Vegan Coconut mixed with Pineapple… you would think this would taste like pina colada. You would be wrong, as I was as well.. But, what I discovered was frozen coconut milk makes for a very delicious alternative to high fat yogurt.
  • Sweet Cream… Nature’s vanilla. So plain, so sweet. The Tart is just as awesome, like a plain greek yogurt.

I’ve always liked frozen yogurt, ice cream, custard, etc. I am particular about texture, more so than flavor. What I noticed right away was how it compared to the texture of Rita’s custard, stiff but creamy. The vegan flavors were a little more icy, but still had a firm shape and served well. I tried a little of each flavor, and mixed a few together just for fun. I was impressed with the sweet flavor and heaviness of the cream yogurts. And the best part – no aftertaste! How is that possible? No Aspartame! None.

You can even use a divider if you want to sample more than one (or 4 flavors)!

Lyl takes pride in her shop, from decor to substance. Her shop is family friendly, equipped with a party area stocked with board games, and other toys to make it a nice place for teens to chill, or parents to make a pitstop or playdate.

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As you can see, we had a great time!

Getting our #froyo on at Piccadilly. Totally unplanned surprise

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If you are interested in learning more… you can visit Piccadilly on Facebook by clicking here:

Stop by this Saturday to celebrate #NationalFrozenYogurtDay and #Picca your favorite flavor! Click here for the Facebook Event page


~ Carri