The Hangar Theatre is thrilled to announce our TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) 2022 KIDDSTUFF Summer Season! This year KIDDSTUFF productions will take place outdoors under a re-imagined canopied stage. Hangar outdoor performances were incredibly popular with young audiences and their families during our 2021 season.
“We heard from parents last year that the outdoor performance space really enhanced the experience for the whole family,” Managing Director R.J. Lavine (she/they) reflects. “Live outdoor performances embrace kids’ natural enthusiasm, and noise and movement, and create dynamic first experiences of theatre for young audiences. We are excited to work with the possibilities of the outdoors and are investing in improvements to make the experience accessible and inviting for everyone. Re-envisioning the outdoor performance space has included constructing a high-top canopy to cover the stage and audience, raising and raking the ground to prevent rain damage, and installing more comfortable seating. By making these improvements we are incorporating the feedback we received from KIDDSTUFF patrons last year. We are showing our community that we hear you and we are doing everything possible to continue making the Hangar a comfortable and welcoming place to enjoy live theatre.”
KIDDSTUFF productions are led by a team of directors selected through a rigorous process in collaboration with the Drama League in New York City; designed by Hangar Theatre Design Fellows; and performed by Hangar Lab Company Performance Fellows from across the country. Our season incorporates the Hangar’s mission to enrich, enlighten and entertain audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and interests. We are excited to welcome new audiences to an exciting season of live comedy, drama, music and performance.
The four productions in the 2022 KIDDSTUFF lineup include exciting musicals, daring journeys, fantasy food fights and re-explored retellings of classic fairy tales. KIDDSTUFF productions will grab the attention of young people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
“Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) is leading the way when it comes to inclusivity and representation in the American theatre,” observes Artistic Director Shirley Serotsky (she/her). “We want every young person who comes to the theatre to see characters that they recognize, characters that look like them; and also to experience stories about people who live in different places, eat different foods, have lives that are new and interesting to our young audiences, and that make them curious to know more. This may mean traveling to Jamaica to visit a young person who is learning to overcome their fears, or re-inventing Cinderella and her evil step-family to tell the story of a young girl from Puerto Rico breaking through being othered by her host-family on a student exchange trip. The 2022 KIDDSTUFF line up is centering the stories of people who have typically been under-represented on theatrical stages in productions filled with music, magic, mischief, meaning, and so much more (like dragons–did we mention there are dragons!?)”
2022 KIDDSTUFF Productions
Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans
June 24th-June 25th
Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
When Cinderella (or Cenicienta) arrives from Puerto Rico to visit her “stepsister” Rosa, she doesn’t receive a warm welcome. Rosa is reluctant to share anything-friends, language, or her awesome basketball shoes-with the newcomer. Will their fairy godfather be able to bring them together? A new Latin-American musical about embracing differences and finding common ground.
Three Little Birds
Based on a story by Cedella Marley
Music and Lyrics by Bob Marley
Additional music and lyrics
by John L. Cornelius, II
Adapted for the Stage
by Michael J. Bobbitt
Eleven-year-old Ziggy can’t stop thinking about the scary things he might encounter around his home on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Fortunately, a team of birds swoop in to remind him that “every little thing is gonna be alright.” A story about conquering fear and embracing life, love, and music, set to the memorable songs of reggae icon Bob Marley.
Dragons Love Tacos
Based on the book by
Adapted for the Stage by
A kid and their dog find themselves sucked into a TV documentary about dragons where they learn about the many varieties of dragons, and the one thing they all have in common: a love for tacos. But as much as they love topping them with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream, keep the spicy salsa far, far away, or else…beware!
Red Riding Hood
In this surprising, madcap retelling of the classic fairy tale, Red still sets off to bring treats to her ailing grandmother, and the Wolf still tries to interrupt her mission. But this Red is brave and observant, and this Wolf has a conscience, reminding us that people (and wolves) are not
always as we expect them to be.
Hangar Theatre Outdoor Stage
The Hangar Outdoor Stage is designed to maximize the comfort and safety of audiences. All productions will take place beneath a high-top, 30 foot tall tent above the stage and seating area to provide shade and protection from rain. Adjustable walls on the tent will enable the best possible airflow.
Sensory Friendly Performances
Sensory friendly performances will modify each production to suit the various sensory needs of children and families in attendance. Sensory support materials such as weighted lap desks and fidget spinners will be available to use, free of charge, at every performance this summer. Stay updated about all sensory friendly offerings by signing up at www.hangartheatre.org/sf
Tickets to individual KIDDSTUFF and Mainstage shows will be available starting in March. The Hangar’s 2022 Mainstage season includes titles Cabaret, Natasha, Pierre and the Comet of 1812, School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play, The Great Leap, and the debut of the Hangar Flight series of new musical workshops. Choose your seats early and save big with a 2022 KIDDSTUFF or Mainstage subscription! Visit www.hangartheatre.org/subscriptions or call (607) 273-2787 to secure your spot now.
(Pay) What You Will
Pay What You Will tickets are available for every KIDDSTUFF performance this year! This program gives patrons the flexibility to choose ticket prices within their means and is intended to remove barriers that prevent community members from attending the Hangar’s quality theatre programming.
For more information or to purchase tickets, e-mail [email protected] or call (607) 273-2787.