Children’s Theater: ArtsPower in Dog Loves Books, Six Performance Locations




NOVEMBER 13-20, 2016

Pittsburgh, PA— The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces ArtsPower’s musical touring production Dog Loves Books will open the 2016-2017 Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series. Performances take place November 13 through 20, 2016 at six different locations throughout the area.

Dog Loves Books, produced by ArtsPower, is based on Louise Yates’ New York Times best seller.  Dog Loves Books celebrates the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes from sharing books with others.  The musical features songs and choreography that bring to life the story of Dog and his love of books that leads him to open a book store.  In order to convince people to buy his books, Dog acts out some of his favorite stories, including a modern version of “Little Red Riding Hood”.  The performance is recommended for ages 3-10 years and is 55 minutes in length.

ArtsPower was founded in 1985 by brothers Gary and Mark Blackman.  Greg Gunning is the artistic director and Karen Bibbo is the company and production manager.  The company has presented original musicals and dramas to children and families across the country in 49 states for the past 31 years.  In 2015, ArtsPower was named as one of America’s top 12 touring theatre companies “that make a difference” across the United States by

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Ticket Information
Individual tickets ($10.50 in advance; $12.00 at the door) can be ordered online at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Group tickets can be ordered by calling 412-471-6930.  Subscriptions and Flex Ticket Packages to the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series are available by calling 412-456-1390.  Children under 2 are free but require a lap pass. 

Dog Loves Books performance locations include: City: Byham Theater, November 13 at 2:00 p.m.; East: Penn Hills High School, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.; North: Marshall Middle School, November 17 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; West: Cornell High School, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.; South: Mt. Lebanon High School, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; and Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, November 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Animal Friends and Therapy Dogs to visit Byham Theater, Sunday, November 13, 2016
Animal Friends and a group of therapy dogs and their handlers will be joining children and families on Sunday, November 13 at the Byham Theater in the lobby before the performance of Dog Loves Books that begins at 2:00 p.m.  Animal Friends’ Pet Assisted Literacy Services (PALS) program helps promote a love of reading through the animal-human bond. The canine reading specialists and their handlers provide children with a non-judgmental and supportive environment that helps to make reading a more fun and positive experience. Learn more about the PALS programs at

Upcoming shows in the 2016-2017 Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, include: Theatreworks USA in Pete the Cat (January 8-15, 2017); Galumpha (February 14-19, 2017); Circo Comedia (March 5-12, 2017); The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour: Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In a Play! (May 18-21, 2017, also presented as part of the EQT Children’s Theater Festival).

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents a variety of family programming including the following series and festival.  For more information please visit

The Citizens Bank Children’s Theater (now in its 47th season), a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opens the door for children to experience professional performing arts programming which inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way.  The series introduces children to the arts early in life sparking their interest and appreciation so they continue to enjoy and support the arts as they grow up.

The EQT Bridge Theater Series (now in its 2nd season, 2016-2017), for ages 7 and up, expands upon the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s mission of bringing artistic opportunities to children of all ages through culturally diverse performances that will continue to engage young audiences through participation, encouragement of and respect for their creative ideas and develop their interest in the arts.

The EQT Children’s Theater Festival (celebrating its 31st year in 2017; May 18-21, 2017) is one of only four international children’s theater festivals in the nation. For the fourth year, the EQT Foundation, the charitable affiliation of EQT Corporation, will serve as the lead and title sponsor of the Children’s Theater Festival. The festival is known for performances and area premieres from artists around the world, free outdoor arts, music and installations, and unique free hands-on activities for any age. The festival welcomes everyone to participate in the educational and cultural experiences that bring people together while enjoying elements of fun and surprise.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit

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