The finest of good deeds are done quietly. No expectation of rewards. No sense of self-importance.
They’re just given.
And not soon forgotten…
So it is with Childsplay, the Tempe-based professional theater company for young audiences and families, which opens its 33rd season in September.
The first year I bought play passes for Childsplay productions, we weren’t able to use a single ticket.
Our son was having a tumultuous year, as we all were, when a serious health condition became our constant shadow. A trip to the theater felt tougher than a trip to the moon.
We mourned the loss of many things that year—the joys of children’s theater among them.
I shared a bit of our story with one of the fine folks at Childsplay, who graciously offered us play passes for the following season.
Life had settled a bit by then, and the light of theater chased many shadows from our midst.
I’ll always be grateful to Childsplay for that simple act of kindness.
I remember it well each time they announce another season full of whimsy and wonder.
I recently learned that Childsplay passes for the 2010-2011 season are an especially good value when purchased before June 30.
When you purchase play passes, they’re deposited directly into an account created for you at the Tempe Center for the Arts box office, and you can exchange the passes for show tickets either in person, by phone or online.
The play pass program gives you a chance to enjoy lower ticket prices, waived processing fees and the ability to obtain show tickets a week before they go on sale to the general public.
Tickets can be mailed to you, printed at home or held for you at the box office.
This is especially lovely for those of us who find that dealing with tangibles like tickets and money is way beyond bothersome.
Although passes will be available for purchase through September, you’ll enjoy the best discounts if you order before June 30. You can click here for all the juicy details.
Childsplay offerings for the 2010-2011 season are:
“A Year With Frog and Toad.” Follows the adventure of two great friends—a cheerful frog and a grouchy toad. Sept 18-Oct 16. Ages 4+.
“Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” Recreates the world of intrigue that is “Room One” in a trio of Barbara Parker’s best-selling books. Jan 29-March 6. Ages 5+.
“Go, Dog. Go!” Brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman’s book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. Jan 29-March 6. Ages 3+.
“The Imaginators.” Explores the power of make believe as three friends discover friendship, courage and cooperation. April 9-17 (two weekends only). Ages 5+.
“The Borrowers.” Follows a family who live under the floorboards as their curious daughter begins to explore the world of the ‘human beans’ who live upstairs. April 30-May 22. Ages 7+.
Each show has it’s own charm, and back-story. To learn more about individual shows, their creators and their characters, visit Childsplay online at www.childsplayaz.org.
I lost my heart to Childsplay after that first act of kindness. But more than a decade later, I still feel a genuine heart-tug each time I see them perform.
Childsplay is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Photos from previous Childsplay productions of “A Year With Frog and Toad,” “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” and “Go Dog. Go!” courtesy of Childsplay
Note: Childsplay will also perform “New Kid” (tour only) and “Ferdinand the Bull” (national tour only) this season. They offer classes year-round and are now booking school performances for the coming school year. Consider getting extra passes so you can take friends along and have some on hand for last-minute birthday gifts.
Coming up: An intriguing season from Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, Preview of weekend arts events (including the “I Matter” performance this Friday night by youth in the Free Arts theater camp program), Valley theaters present new works