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Pollyanna Theatre Company

To commission and produce original theatre for young audiences that speaks to the needs, dreams, and imaginations of young people and the child that lives inside each of us.

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2017 -2018 Season

A MOON OF MY OWN

by Andrew Perry

based on the book by Jennifer Rustgi & Ashley White

September 29 - October 8, 2017

 

Come along on an enchanting adventure around the world with a young girl and her faithful companion the moon.  Told through movement and heart-felt humor, this new play invites audiences to journey along with us as we discover sounds and citizens around the globe where we all share the same moon.

For children grades K – 2​

CHICKEN STORY TIME

by Sandy Asher, based upon her award-winning book

Play & Play Series – Preschool Audience

 

October 26 - November 4, 2017

 

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to story time at the library, of course!  The children like the chicken, the chicken likes the children, and everyone loves story time. So it’s no surprise that more children (and more chickens!) get in on the fun until there are more kids and critters than the librarian knows what to do with. Luckily, she comes up with a creative solution and manages to find little R & R for herself. 

HURRY UP AND WAIT

by Kathleen Fletcher

Play & Play Series – Preschool Audience

March 22 - 31, 2018

Learning to practice patience is hard, trying to explain it to a younger sister is even harder! Through songs, games, and storytelling, Wendy and Harry will plant a new garden and discover when it's best to Hurry Up and when it's best to Wait! This play is by Kathleen Fletcher and is approximately 35-40 minutes in length.

 

Intended for children ages 2 – 4 years.

LIBERTY! EQUALITY! AND FIREWORKS!

by Gregory S. Perrin

A Dramatic Introduction to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s

February 14 - 17, 2018

 

Teachers and parents alike have loved this play for the way it introduces a new generation of citizens to key concepts and conflicts found in our collective history.  Students love entering history through the play as iconic photos from the 1960’s come to life before their eyes. This production is best for students in grades 3 – 7 and their families.

 

Presented at The LBJ Library Auditorium on the University of Texas at Austin campus

THE SECRET OF THE SOAP AND SPIN

by Jonathan Graham

May 12 - 20, 2018

Are there really secrets lurking in the dusty corners of the local laundromat? Melanie is a second grader who lives two apartments away from Victor, a fourth grader. They play together a lot — especially on laundry day.  But when they meet a mysterious fifth grader named Annie, she challenges them to find out if the rumors are true: is the old, broken down blue dryer in the back of the local laundromat really a portal to another world? The trio goes on journey to see what they can discover about some people who have gone missing — including Victor's mother — without getting caught by “The Broom”, the grumpy, old guy who runs the laundromat.  Everyone knows you can’t get inside a dryer, but no one knows what might come out of one! Graham’s newest play for Pollyanna Theatre is an imaginative and poignant story about children bravely coaching each other through the difficult (and sometimes soapy) waters of growing up.

For children grades 2 – 5

IF WISHES WERE FISHES

by Holly Hepp-Galvan

 

June 22 - July 1, 2018

 

Sarah ,Johnny, and Felicia are best friends. They can’t wait to get together every day!  They play the best games and always support and encourage each other.  One day, when they’re playing, they find a magic fish tangled in a net.  The magic fish says that if they free him, he’ll grant them three wishes – one wish each.  And that is when the trouble starts.  In Hepp-Galvan's hilarious new play, these friends (and our young audience) learn to be grateful for what you have, to always appreciate the wonderful people in your life, and to be wary of talking fish.

For children ages 4 – 9

ALL ABOARD

by Bethany Lynn Corey

Play & Play Series – Preschool Audience

 

July 12 - 21, 2018

 

For summer 2018, Pollyanna will bring back our wildly popular production that brings many different forms of transportation to life, ALL ABOARD.  Davi is surprised to meet a visitor named Flash in her backyard but is very happy to help Flash figure out how to get home. Young audience members loved helping get Flash home in time for a very special delivery.  Come back and join us for another visit to Davi’s backyard. And if you missed ALL ABOARD the first time, come join the fun for the first time.

"Learning should always be fun and challenging."