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The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the 29th Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

March 22, 2013

Tuesday, April 30-Saturday, May 4, 2013

Five days of family-friendly music, theatre and dance performances and a host of fun, interactive activities

Performance highlights include The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly; 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes; A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle; The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer; Reading in Concert: the Hip H’Opera Project; and Trout Fishing in America

Outdoor FUN ZONE features crafts, dancers, musicians and more

(Philadelphia, March 22, 2013)—The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts continues its legacy of providing affordable performing arts to Philadelphia’s youngest audiences with its 29th annual Philadelphia International Children’s Festival. From April 30–May 4, families can enjoy performances perfect for the young (and young at heart) including Theatre Lovett’s The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly; C!RCA’s 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes; Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle; Perth Theatre Company’s The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, Reading in Concert: the Hip H’Opera Project; and Trout Fishing in America.

In addition, families can take part in a variety of fun and interactive activities such as crafts, face painting, jugglers and more in the Children’s Festival FUN ZONE on the Annenberg Center Outdoor Plaza. Tickets are only $10 and include access to the FUN ZONE! Families attending performances on Saturday, May 4 can save by purchasing a Children’s Festival Fun Pass and enjoy three shows, access to the Children’s Festival FUN ZONE and a lunch for only $25. For more information, visit

Founded in 1985 by Catherine Marshall, the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival was the first of its kind in the country, aiming to provide Philadelphia area families with an easy and affordable way to experience the artistry of international performance and visual arts. Attracting more than 15,000 children and their families each year, the eagerly anticipated springtime tradition aims to build the arts and culture audiences of the future.

$5 tickets are available to West Philadelphia residents as a part of the PNC West Philly Rush Hour, starting two hours before the each performance begins. Proof of residency required. For more details visit

2013 International Children’s Festival Main Stage Performances:

The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly

Theatre Lovett

Peggy O’Hegarty and her parents are packers. They squeeze fruit into tins, foxes into boxes, even bikes into brown paper bags. And all the while Peggy sings with the voice of an angel—a grossly unfortunate angel, who can’t sing at all. But one day work stops working, and the jobs stop coming, and Peggy steps outside to find that winter has arrived…and everyone in her city gone! Ingenious Irish performer Louis Lovett leads the audience on this untamed adventure that crosses snowy lands and wild seas. As Peggy desperately tries to save the day, we learn about love, loss, the reassurance of goats and the courage to sing gloriously on or off-key. Hailed as “the theatrical equivalent of going to bed on Christmas Eve” by The Sunday Times, The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly is equal parts adventure and sheer delight.

46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes


The name says it all! The cheeky Aussies of C!RCA bring their signature style of high-flying circus fun as they barrel, bolt and balance at breakneck speed—all while battling an ever-ticking clock. With a hefty helping of intrepid acrobatics and juggling, heaps of jaw-dropping physical feats and fantastic free falls plus a dash of slapstick antics, all topped off with a pinch of circus magic—these adventurous performers take the stage in a whirlwind “breathless barrage and banquet of circus pandemonium” that charms audiences of all ages (City News, Brisbane).

A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s Mermaid Theatre, one of North America's premier touring puppetry companies, returns to the Annenberg Center with A Brown Bear, A Moon and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle. Featuring stunning music, spectacular black light visual effects and innovative puppetry, this triple-bill highlights three of Eric Carle's famous stories. A veteran of more than 2,200 beloved performances, The Very Hungry Caterpillar joins a whimsical menagerie drawn from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The poignant story of a young girl's unusual quest, Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me, completes a fanciful hour-long production that is “mesmerizing,” “vivid” and “uniquely told” (New York Times).

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

Perth Theatre Company

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer is a tiny tale set in the deepest dark blue sea. The story of a brave explorer with a heart as big as a whale, it is a highly imaginative fusion of animation, mime, bubbles, puppetry, projections and song, by master storyteller Tim Watts. Alvin Sputnik’s search for his lost love has enchanted audiences from New Zealand to New York, India to Ireland. Unique, moving and thoroughly entertaining, this solo show’s “mix of environmental disaster, twee humor and cutie-pie whimsy makes it something akin to a theatrical Wall-E” (New York Times).

Co-presented by PAPAYA (PA Performing Arts for Young Audiences)

Reading in Concert: the Hip H’opera Project

Watch as Philadelphia high school students unite hip hop, poetry and opera with live music—all under the professional guidance of Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Daniel Bernard Romain.

Presented by Art Sanctuary and the Opera Company of Philadelphia

Trout Fishing in America

Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7PM

Called “the Lennon and McCartney of kids’ music” (National Public Radio), the beloved Trout Fishing in America will

perform and be broadcast live on WXPN-FM as part of the Kids Corner 25th anniversary celebration. Join Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell for this one-night-only concert by the longstanding, four-time Grammy®-nominated musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet.

Co-presented by Kids Corner and WXPN in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Kids Corner

Children’s Festival FUN ZONE

Free for all ticket holders, the Children’s Festival FUN ZONE located on the Annenberg Center’s Outdoor Plaza features a host of engaging and hands-on activities for the whole family including crafts, face painting, jugglers, musicians and more. The FUN ZONE will open daily at 10:00 AM. Outdoor performance highlights include: Brian Sanders JUNK (physical dance/theatre), Joe Tayoun & Friends (Middle Eastern drummers), Cissy & the Man (juggler and clown duo), the Lara and Joe Show (rock-n-roll for kids), Chucky Walker (magician and balloon twister) and Dave Cornwell (children’s DJ).

Chobani Yogurt is the Signature Sponsor of the 2013 Children's Festival.

The 2013 Children's Festival is sponsored in part by the Philadelphia Phillies.