Ticket Giveaway for the 28th Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

Thursday, May 3-Saturday, May 5, 2012

Three days of family-friendly music, theatre and dance performances
and a host of fun, interactive activities

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, continues its legacy of providing affordable performing arts to Philadelphia’s youngest audiences with its 28th annual Philadelphia International Children’s Festival. From May 3-5, families can enjoy performances perfect for the young (and young at heart) including Space Panorama, John Hadfield's Monkeys in the House, John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean, Circo Comedia and PASTA! A Pop Ups Puppet Musical. In addition, families can take part in a variety of fun and interactive activities such as crafts, face painting, jugglers and more in the Children’s Festival FUN ZONE on the Annenberg Center Outdoor Plaza. Tickets are only $10 and include access to the FUN ZONE! Families attending performances on Saturday, May 5 can save by purchasing a Children’s Festival Fun Pass and enjoy three shows, access to the Children’s Festival FUN ZONE and a lunch for only $25. For more information visit AnnenbergCenter.org.

2012 International Children’s Festival Performances

Space Panorama
A sparkling re-creation of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Space Panorama features British actor Andrew Dawson defying theatre norms in a one-man journey from Houston to the moon and back. Armed with nothing more than a black-clothed table and music from Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, Dawson explores this momentous event using only his hands, arms and upper torso to create an entrancing documentary of the entire mission. “Rocket science has never been so lyrical!” (Time Out London). Recommended for ages 7+.

John Hadfield's Monkeys in the House
Flap your arms, tap your feet and let out your inner monkey! John Hadfield’s unique show, Monkeys in the House, combines original funny songs, whoopee cushion percussion, a robot bird, juggling, magic, plate spinning, an imaginary friend who comes to life and even an adorable screaming robot monkey head named Hilton. Whew! Often featured on WXPN’s radio show Kids Corner, Hadfield is an award-winning singer-songwriter and former circus performer who has traveled the world as a clown and juggler. Recommended for ages 4-10.
*This performance is part of the WXPN Kids Corner Stage

John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean
Take a magical undersea adventure through John Tartaglia’s glow-in-the-dark musical puppet show, ImaginOcean. Watch fish friends, Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel as they set out on a remarkable journey of discovery and friendship, jam-packed with glowing bubbles, lovable characters and showstopping music. John Tartaglia's (Avenue Q, Broadway’s Shrek: The Musical and Disney’s Beauty and the BeastImaginOcean is a blast for kids of all ages from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye. Recommended for ages 2-10.

Circo Comedia
Unpredictable thrills, side-splitting comedy and daredevil stunts are the signature style of Circo Comedia, starring the fantastic duo Jean Saucier and Patrick Côté from Montréal. Featuring their distinctive flair for humor, acrobatic tricks and daring feats, these bad-boy clowns will entertain with their wacky showmanship and dazzle with their frenzied magic and eccentricity. Bolstered by 20-year backgrounds in the circus world, including previous stints with Cirque du Soleil, these deliriously comical and irreverent show-men take circus clowning to a whole new level of fun for all ages! Recommended for all ages.

PASTA! A Pop Ups Puppet Musical
Join the Pop Ups, a Brooklyn-based indie kid-rocker band, in their energetic live show that is as parent-pleasing as it is kid-centric. With cleverly crafted lyrics over catchy tunes, life-size puppets from the people behind The Muppet Show and rocking interactive dance numbers, PASTA! takes kids on a whimsical adventure through the Brooklyn borough, in search of ingredients to make the best locally-sourced tomato sauce ever. “Aside from marinara, what exactly is this band cooking up? Simply put: They've got the recipe for one of the most entertaining new kids' acts in the city” (Time Out New York Kids). Featuring hits from the band’s Outside Voices album—a record called “the kids music debut of the year,” by NPRPASTA! will catapult kids out of their seats in a delighted frenzy. Recommended for ages 2+.
*This performance is part of the WXPN Kids Corner Stage

Tomorrow’s Music Stars…Today!
Meet the musicians and the instruments
Join students from the Curtis Institute of Music, the country’s premiere institution for training gifted, young musicians, and get an up close and personal glimpse into the thrilling world of classical music! The program features Curtis’ emerging stars demonstrating and interacting with the audience’s youngest members in an intimate and exploratory setting. Learn how each instrument makes its signature sound, how the musicians approach their technique and how all of the musicians work together to create remarkable music. Recommended for ages 5-12.

Children’s Festival FUN ZONE
Free for all ticket holders, the Children’s Festival FUN ZONE located on the Annenberg Center’s Outdoor Plaza features a host of engaging and hands-on activities for the whole family including crafts, face painting, jugglers, musicians and more. The Phillie Phanatic makes a special appearance on Saturday, May 5 at 12:00 PM just in time to celebrate the opening of baseball season. The FUN ZONE will open daily at 10:00 AM. Outdoor performance highlights include: Brian Sanders & JUNK (physical theatre), Joe Tayoun & Friends (Middle Eastern drummers), the Give & Take Jugglers, the Cat’s Pajamas (rockin' music), Wondergy and The Plants (imaginative and eclectic band).

For more information: www.pennpresents.org

Location: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

This event is appropriate for:  the whole family

Cost:  $10 -$25

Fun Things is giving away 3 pairs of tickets chance to win a pair of tickets to any show of the winner’s choosing (depending on show avaliabilty).