Children’s Theater: Theatreworks USA in Skippyjon Jones Snow What





PITTSBURGH ̶ The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce award-winning professional theater company Theatreworks USA will perform Skippyjon Jones Snow What, based on the best-selling book by Judy Schachner, at six venues located throughout the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, Sunday, January 7 through Sunday, January 14, 2018. This production is part of the 2017-2018 Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The series brings to our communities a one of a kind experience for families and their children, ages three and up, to see live professional theater by national and international performing artists that inspire, educate, and bring culture awareness and appreciation of the arts in an entertaining and creative environment for everyone to enjoy.

Skippyjon Jones Snow What
 Skippyjon Jones Snow What, based on the book by Judy Schachner, features a libretto and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila (Drama Desk nominee for Altar Boyz and Theatreworks USA’s Skippyjon Jones) and a score by Eli Bolin (“Sesame Street,” Theatreworks USA’s We the People and Skippyjon Jones). The show was originally directed by Kevin Del Aguila and choreographed by Connor Gallagher (Theatreworks USA’s The Teacher From the Black Lagoon & Other Story Books). The show features costumes by Tracy Christensen (Souvenir and Shrek on Broadway, Lortel nominee for Theatreworks’ Seussical) with sets by Rob Odorisio (three-time Emmy nominee for “The Guiding Light,” Theatreworks USA’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie).

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest Chihuahua of them all? Skippyjon Jones the Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Mexican Chihuahua of course! While his sisters listen to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Skippy heads off for the REAL adventure awaiting him in his closet. There, as his alter ego Skippito Friskito, and with the help of his friends the Seven Chimichangos, Skippyjon must rescue the beautiful princess Nieve Qué (Snow What), battle the evil dragon and defeat the Bruja. Theatreworks USA’s musical, based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones Snow What, is a twist on the classic fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The NY Daily News shares, “The DOGGONE delightful kids musical ‘Skippyjon Jones Snow What’ comes with an easygoing lesson: imagination can lead you anywhere you want to go.”

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Performance Locations:
Sunday, January 7, 2018: Byham Theater, 2:00 p.m. & Monday, January 8, 2018: Student Groups, 10: 15 a.m.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018: Greensburg Salem High School, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 11, 2018: Marshall Middle School, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 12, 2018: Cornell High School: 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 13, 2018: Mt. Lebanon High School, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 14, 2018: Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, 2:00 p.m. 

Ticket Information Individual tickets (General admission: $12 at the door; $10.50 in advance) can be ordered at these official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Groups of 10+ can order tickets by calling 412-471-6930 or visit 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. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Children’s Theater membership is awesome. For more information, visit, email: or call 412-471-3518.

Theatreworks USA
Founded in 1962 by Jay Harnick and Charles Hull, Theatreworks USA is America’s largest and foremost equity theatre for young and family audiences. Theatreworks USA’s mission is to create imaginative and sophisticated shows that are entertaining and thought provoking, and to ensure that these shows are accessible to audiences across America regardless of geography and socio-economic status.

Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of not only providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors, and designers an early opportunity to work in this field.   The company is managed is under the direction of Barbara Pasternack (Artistic Director) and Michael Harrington (Managing Director). Theatreworks USA has reached over 93 million people in 49 states and Canada, and the company now performs for about two million young people annually. Every year, the company tours approximately ten shows from its ever-growing repertoire of 133 plays and musicals.

Theatreworks USA’s honors include a Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, the William M. Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence given by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the Medal of Honor from the Actors Fund of America. For more information: visit:

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 48th season, 2017-2018), 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.  Performances: for ages 3 and up.

2017-2018 Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series:
Trash Test Dummies, November 12-19, 2017
Skippyjon Jones Snow What, January 7-14, 2018
Carnival of the Animals, February 23 & February 24, 2018
Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories, April 10-16, 2018
The Rainbow Fish, Sunday, May 17-20, 2018 (also part of the 2018 EQT Children’s Theater Festival)

The EQT Bridge Theater Series (now in its third season, 2017-2018), for ages 6 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 2017-2018 EQT Bridge Theater Series:
Plastic Boom (United States and Sweden) in Water on Mars: December 15 & 16, 2017, August Wilson Center (recommended for ages 6 +)

CDP Theatre Producers (Australia) in The 13-Story Treehouse: January 27 & 28, 2018, August Wilson Center (recommended for ages 6+)
Kingorama (United States) in Feathers of Fire A Persian Epic, March 2 & 3, 2018 August Wilson Center (recommended for ages 7+)
Slingsby Theatre Company (Australia) in The Young King (also part of the 2018 EQT Children’s Theater Festival), May 17-20, 2018, Trust Arts Education Center (recommended for ages 7+)

The EQT Children’s Theater Festival (celebrating its 32nd year in 2018; May 17-20, 2018, various locations throughout downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District) 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 Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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