The boys and I have been attending the EQT Children’s Theater  Festival every year since we moved back to Pittsburgh.  It is a family tradition for us to go and support the Cultural Trust and we are always excited when there is an opportunity to see our culture reflected on stage.

When I logged on to PghKids.TrustArts.org and saw that Sunjata Kamalenya was going to be LIVE on-stage at the EQT Children’s Theater Festival from May 17-20 in the Cultural District, I almost shrieked!

 

 

Sunjata Kamalenya is a completely interactive show celebrating the greatest hero of West African legend, Sunjata Keita, the first mansa (king) of the ancient Empire of Mali. This epic tale takes place in a magical world filled with sorcery and enchantment. A wandering hunter comes to the village of Farrakoro and makes an unbelievable prediction that a boy who is crippled and his outcast mother will overcome all odds to deliver their nation from an evil sorcerer. This beautiful tale follows their struggles and the strength they discover from their faith in each other. Authentic music, costumes, and scenery invite you into this modern Mandé village where the jelimuso (storyteller) guides your journey as you sing, dance, and act alongside professional actors and musicians in a truly unique and immersive experience.

We are so pumped for this show, BUT there are so many awesome kid-friendly shows to go to this spring season at the Cultural Trust. In addition, you can always count on the EQT Children’s Theater Festival for face-painting, food trucks, interactive kids activities and tons of family fun for 3 days in the Cultural District.

Check out the full line-up of shows below.

We will also be giving away a total of 10 tickets on Brown Mamas’ Facebook Page. Details below.


EQT Children’s Theater Festival – May 17-20 – Pittsburgh Cultural District

PANDA’S HOME

Ages 4+ | 50 Minutes

Venue: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue

This enchanting and interactive performance allows young audience members to take a journey to ancient China, following the footprints left by a panda.  The panda’s “house” is in a forest as large as all of China. In this imaginary journey, audience members will explore China’s stories, tradition, and culture.  Along with the panda, children discover and interact with the five elements of nature: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. They’ll encounter bamboo forests, fireworks, kites, and more.  In this sensory and interactive experience, the stage comes to life with innovative projection, colorful images, and playful sound. The performers and audience members will come together in this unique and immersive journey of imagination that extends beyond language and cultural barriers.  

 

POGGLE 

Ages 6 months – 4 | 40 minutes

Venue: August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue

Vince is a boy who wants to explore the forest but is too scared to go on his own.  One day, Vince meets Poggle, a friendly woodland creature, and together they go on an adventure through the forest where they discover the magical, musical tree.  This warm-hearted, sensory performance uses live music, clapping rhythms, and comedy to engage the youngest audience members in an imaginative and adventurous exploration.  

 

THE RAINBOW FISH

Ages 3-8 | 50 minutes

Venue: Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street

The Rainbow Fish will delight even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in this show based on the award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession.  From the same company who brought The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny to Pittsburgh, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with their enchanting and magical puppetry.  * A sensory-friendly performance, which will include interactivity, rhythm, repetition, reduced sound levels and gentle lighting, is scheduled at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

 

THE YOUNG KING

Ages 7+ | 70 minutes

Venue: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue

What kind of King would you be?  A naïve boy raised in the countryside is discovered to be heir to the kingdom.  Treasures and privileges are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others? The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of the internationally acclaimed Slingsby Theatre Company from Adelaide, Australia.  Journey in wonder to a land of challenging choices and rich rewards.

 

TERRANCE SIMMIAN AND THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE

All Ages | 50 minutes

Venue: August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue

Join two-time GRAMMY® award-winner Terrance Simien and his accomplished band for a unique and powerful musical experience informed by traditional and contemporary influences that has become the signature sound of Louisiana.  Zydeco, the indigenous music of the black and multiracial French-speaking Creoles of South Louisiana, is infectious, inviting and smile-inducing. In Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, audiences will take a multicultural tour of the world with this blend of zydeco, roots, rock, New Orleans, funk, soul, world, and reggae-flavored sound.  Audience members will feel the spirit of Creole country and the joy of zydeco with this engaging and inspiring performance. Plus, don’t miss your chance to sing along to Terrance Simien’s song “Gonna Take You There” from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog!  

 

SUNJATA KAMALENYA: THE STORY OF THE TRUE LION KING OF AFRICA

All Ages | 60 minutes

Venue: August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue

Sunjata Kamalenya is a completely interactive show celebrating the greatest hero of West African legend, Sunjata Keita, the first mansa (king) of the ancient Empire of Mali.  This 13th century epic tale takes place in a magical world filled with sorcery and enchantment.  A wandering hunter comes to the village of Farrakoro and makes an unbelievable prediction that a boy who is crippled and his outcast mother will overcome all odds to deliver their nation from an evil sorcerer.  This beautiful tale follows their struggles and the strength they discover from their faith in each other. Authentic music, costumes, and scenery invite you into this modern Mandé village where the jelimuso (storyteller) guides your journey as you sing, dance, and act alongside professional actors and musicians in a truly unique and immersive experience.

 

For tickets and information please visit www.TrustArts.org/PGHKids, call 412-456-6666, or visit the Theater Square Box Office at 655 Penn Avenue.

To enter the giveaway, share this post on the Brown Mamas’ Facebook page and comment done.  Your name will be entered into the giveaway.  Five (5) families will win two (2) tickets each.  Winner will be announced Wednesday, May 2nd during a Facebook LIVE video.

 

 


Cynthia Mendoza

Hello. Welcome to BrownMamas.com a blog for Black moms looking to thrive while raising kids in this hectic world and the headquarters for Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a Pittsburgh support group for Black moms. Here I write about raising my three boys, living in and loving Pittsburgh, dating my husband, gardening and all kinds of other stuff. Thanks for visiting. Stay long & come often!

2 Comments

Kweilin · April 27, 2018 at 10:30 am

Excited hopefully we are picked to go enjoy the show!

Nichole Sims · April 27, 2018 at 10:22 am

This looks awesome! Please enter the Sims crew. Thanks!

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