Atlanta’s Best Children’s Theatre at Alliance 2016/2017

Are you familiar with the children’s theatre at Alliance? It’s called Theatre for the Very Young, and it features musicals for kids and plays for children from infants through about 5 years old, though to be honest, my 7 year old is still in seventh-heaven when we visit.

Atlanta's Best Children's Theatre at Alliance

We went for the first time last spring, and I was extremely impressed with the organization of the event, the staff, the quality of performances…and with how smitten my boys were with the kid’s theatre scene! We even topped the week off with a stop at the Hertz Theatre to see Knuffle Bunny, a great children’s theater production of Mo Willems book of the same name.

I highly recommend that you buy tickets the way we did (though can still buy them per production.) Purchase a season ticket for $30. This gets you into three kids’ musicals, plus free entrance for your kiddo 5 yo or younger, 15% off any single-ticket Alliance show in the future, and $5 off any other TVY performance. You can also get tickets for more or fewer children’s theatre shows, and add a 1/2 price ticket for an older child!


2016/2017 Children’s Theatre Schedule

Theatre for the Very Young

BABIES IN SPACE! (world premiere) – May 21 – August 28, 2016

The Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young partners with curatorial gurus Dashboard and Fly on a Wall dance collective to presentBabies In Space!, an interactive outer-space playscape and performance for astronauts who are newborn through 24 months old and their caregivers. In this imaginative journey, babies and toddlers will consider our planet’s small place in space. Join us in SPACE to moonwalk, crawl, jump, and play this summer!  For tickets and information, visit or call 404.733.5000.

FROM HEAD TO TOE (world premiere) – Based on the book by Eric Carle – September 24 – November 6, 2016

Inspired by Eric Carle’s beloved book of the same name, From Head to Toe invites the youngest audience members to think, observe, and move like their favorite animals.  This interactive theatrical experience will allow the toddlers to help “create” the animals in the book, bring them to life, and mimic their movement in a playful retelling of the classic story.  Featuring a scenic design that mirrors the wonder of Carle’s illustrations and interactive yoga-inspired animal movement, this play moves from “Can you do it?” to “I can do it!”  to “We can do it!”  From Head to Toe is presented in conjunction with the High Museum of Art exhibition I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle.  For tickets and information, visit or call 404.733.5000.
PLAY THE PLAY WITH CAT THE CAT – Based on the book series by Mo Willems – January 10 – February 19, 2017

Based on Mo Willems’ beloved CAT the CAT seriesthis play explores the often terrifying experience of making a new friend. Using the rhyming and simple language of the books, this theatrical experience will invite our young audience to identify Cat the Cat’s parade of animal friends, mimic their animal sounds, and even learn a new language! When Cat the Cat meets a newcomer on the scene, the audience shares in the nerves and the joy of the experience, and ultimately makes a room full of new friends themselves. Back by popular demand following its world premiere last season, come play the play with Cat the Cat!  For tickets and information, visit or call 404.733.5000.

DINOSAUR! (world premiere) – A collaboration with Fernbank Museum of Natural History – March 14 – April 9, 2017

A one-of-a-kind collaboration with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, this production will be developed in partnership with science educators from the museum.  A gentle and awe-inspiring introduction to the wonders of the pre-historic world, this is a play where science and art intersect, and where our tiniest audience members interact with the largest dinosaurs to ever walk the Earth.  For tickets and information, visit or call 404.733.5000.


Additional kids’ theatre opportunities for older children

PANCAKES, PANCAKES! (world premiere, musical) – Adapted from the book Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle – May 31 – July 10, 2016

Pancakes, Pancakes! is a delightful homage to the beautiful art work and unique artistic process of Eric Carle.  Featuring original songs and a stunning design, Pancakes, Pancakes! explores the process of cooking and celebrates the joy in the labor and in the final feast.  Adapted from Eric Carle’s beloved book of the same name, this new play with music is written by Alliance/Kendeda Playwriting Competition alum Kenneth Lin (Warrior Class) and directed by David de Vries with music by Phillip DePoy (Edward Foote).  Pancakes, Pancakes! is presented in conjunction with the High Museum of Art exhibition I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle.  For tickets and information, visit or call 404.733.5000.

SLUR (world premiere) – November 5 – 12, 2016

Daisy is a typical American middle school student, or at least she thought she was before someone wrote a religious slur across her locker.  Now Daisy, who has always found it difficult to fit in, faces pressure to become a spokesperson for minorities at her school, and the ideas she has about herself are getting more and more blurred by how others see her and who they want her to be. As she struggles to balance allegiance to her cultural roots, to her school community, and, most importantly, to herself, Daisy asks the crucial question: Are we what society says we are? Or can we be whoever we want to be?  An important original play about identity, race, and religion in middle school by Greg Changnon in collaboration with his students at Atlanta’s Paideia School and the young actors in the Alliance Theatre summer drama camps.  For tickets and information, visit or call 404.733.5000.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL –  November 25 – December 24, 2016

Join the Alliance Theatre for one of Atlanta’s most treasured holiday traditions.  On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by ghosts offering him a chance at a better future – his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future – who teach him it is never too late to change.  Celebrate the holidays with the beloved Dickens classic in this Broadway-scale production with beautiful live music and an all-star Atlanta cast.  It will warm your heart with joy whether you’re coming again or for the first time.  For tickets and information, visit or call 404.733.5000.

CINDERELLA AND FELLA (world premiere, musical) – March 19 – April 9, 2017

A magical retelling of the Cinderella story that’s more high-tops than glass slipper and is fueled by the magic of lightning bugs, singing cicadas, and oozing mud.  Our young prince, who was raised by an overbearing parent, searches the kingdom for a best friend ready for adventure.  Our Cinderella, who has spent countless days pulling her ungrateful stepmother around in her tiny house, fits the bill.  Filled with humor and wonder, this is a world premiere adaptation by Atlanta’s own Janece Shaffer with music by Renee Clark.  For tickets and information, visit or call 404.733.5000.


Season Tickets to the Alliance Theatre’s 2016/17 Season are on sale now and may be purchased by visiting or by calling 404.733.4600, Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, noon – 5:00 p.m. 

Season Ticket Benefits

  • Save 15-20% versus single tickets
  • Guaranteed best seats
  • Buy before the general public
  • Save 15% on all additional tickets
  • Discounts on parking, dining and entertainment
  • No-fee ticket exchanges
  • Show insurance
  • The Alliance Insider e-Newsletter with special offers and news
  • Those who purchase a 4-play package receive 2 guest passes

3 Comments on "Atlanta’s Best Children’s Theatre at Alliance 2016/2017"

  1. Janice Dukes | 12/14/2015 at 3:51 pm | Reply

    I love love love The Baby Tree by Blackall

  2. My favorite is Harold and the Purple Crayon!!

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