PBS KIDS Announces First Live Theatrical Touring Stage Show That Brings Learning and Exploration to Life
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Updated 3/28/19: The PBS KIDS Live! Tour has been canceled.
PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure! Will Tour More Than 100 U.S. Cities in 2019
Arlington, VA, October 10, 2018 – PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for children, today announced the first-ever PBS KIDS Live! touring stage show, PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure, presented by Zappos Adaptive. The live-action theatrical experience designed to support science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM)- based learning, offers families a live-action musical along with a pre-show lobby experience, including augmented reality (AR) games, hands-on activities and meet and greets with favorite PBS KIDS characters.
PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure follows the story of three kids crossing their backyard to attend a friend’s birthday party. It becomes an unexpected adventure when the group gets shrunk to the size of grasshoppers. Will they solve all the really big, tiny challenges and grow full-size in time for the birthday fun? Audiences will find out in PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure. The U.S. tour kicks off on January 12 in Westbury, New York and will head to more than 100 cities, including Atlanta, Indianapolis and Detroit. Presale tickets are on sale now, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Saturday, October 20. For more information and a complete list of tour dates, visit www.pbskidslivetour.com.
“We’re always seeking ways to engage children through new venues for learning and are thrilled to announce a live tour performance that will do just that,” said Dawn Ciccone, Vice President, Brand Licensing, PBS. “The PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure will offer a new way to extend PBS KIDS’ educational goals, creating a live multimedia experience that takes children and their families on an exciting journey together.”
As the presenting sponsor of the PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure, Zappos Adaptive, an inclusive shopping experience on Zappos.com, will be providing sensory-friendly kits to enhance the experience for audience members. As the sole retail partner, Zappos will be hosting official merchandise through an online retail destination, including an assortment of new adaptive apparel.
PBS KIDS has teamed up with Biba, the pioneer of the smart playground movement, to build an augmented reality app that transforms the theatre lobby into an immersive PBS KIDS world, giving families the opportunity to play and explore together. With the app, parents take the helm and guide their children through an interactive social scavenger hunt in search of the key to a virtual bug garden. The experience combines imagination, collaboration and technology to promote healthy play that can be extended to any local playground after the show.
PBS KIDS is collaborating with Gershwin Entertainment Corporation to produce the PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure. Gershwin Entertainment has developed and produced successful theatrical productions, concerts and tours for numerous iconic brands. Current North American tours include A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Million Dollar Quartet. The stage show is written and directed by Marshall Pailet.
The 2019 tour dates* include:
The Space at Westbury (2 shows)
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
The Palace Theatre
American Music Theatre
Clowes Memorial Hall
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Staten Island, NY
St George Theatre
Red Bank, NJ
Count Basie Center for the Arts (2 shows)
Keswick Theatre (2 shows)
Kalamazoo State Theatre
The Louisville Palace
The Columbus Athenaeum
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (2 shows)
The National (2 shows)
Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
Miller Theater (2 shows)
Lyric Theatre (2 shows)
Coca Cola Roxy
Von Braun Center
Revention Music Center
City Hall Live
Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
Topeka Performing Arts Center
Kansas City, MO
Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Rialto Square Theatre
Royal Oak Music Theatre (2 shows)
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to more than 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About Gershwin Entertainment Corporation
Gershwin Entertainment is a diversified entertainment production and marketing agency founded by industry veteran Todd Gershwin. Gershwin Entertainment specializes in producing live events and theatrical tours, with a specialty in family entertainment. Gershwin has developed and produced successful theatrical productions, concerts and tours for numerous iconic brands. Current North American touring projects include A Charlie Brown Christmas, PBS KIDS Live, Rainbow Rangers, Tony Award-winning Broadway hit musical Million Dollar Quartet, American Rhapsody and A Night With Janis Joplin. Gershwin’s projects have played at leading venues throughout North America including Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia, Wolf Trap, Arena Stage, the Pasadena Playhouse and numerous Broadway theaters.
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Biba is on a mission to get kids off the couch and back outside through smart playground experiences that combine both physical and digital play. Biba’s suite of augmented reality games and mobile apps use imaginative prompts, scenarios and iconic children’s to guide families through a series of active playground adventures. With over 3,000 Biba-enabled playgrounds in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, a Biba smart playground is coming soon to a community near you.