Children’s Theater: The 13-Story Treehouse, August Wilson Center






Pittsburgh—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to present the award-winning international CDP Theatre Producers from Australia in The 13-Story Treehouse, on Saturday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.  This special event is part of the 2017-2018 EQT Bridge Theater Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  The series brings a variety of professional theater companies from around the globe to share their live staged productions with our youngsters and families, and provides a ‘bridge to the arts’ for ages 6 and up.  This is seriously adventurous theater!  

Individual tickets (General admission: $12 at the door; $10.50 in advance)* can be ordered through 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 series are available by calling 412-456-1390. *Lap passes are not available for EQT Bridge Theater Series performances. All children must have a ticket.  

About The 13-Story Treehouse
The 13-Story Treehouse is based on the number one international bestselling multi-award winning book and book series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a Treehouse? Especially a 13-Story Treehouse that has everything; a bowling alley, a secret underground laboratory, self-making beds, a vegetable vaporizer and a marshmallow machine for starters. Andy and Terry live there, make stories together, and have a series of completely nutty adventures. Today’s the day they’re going to bring those stories to the stage in their first play –except they forgot to write it! They have arrived to take part in what they think is a rehearsal only to find that they are a week late and now have an audience to entertain and a show to put on! And where will they find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys and a giant gorilla?

This is a riotous rollercoaster of a show that uses live action, puppetry, songs, music and animation to spark the imagination, inspiring young people, ages six and up, to discover the joy of reading and theatre. The 13-Story Treehouse is brought to life by a seriously funny cast and magical moments of theatrical wizardry.   The 13-Story Treehouse opened at the Sydney Opera House in October 2013, receiving critical acclaim, and was a sellout success. The show has also tour extensively throughout Australia.

“Andy Griffiths’ 13 Story Treehouse goes to the edge of the ridiculous and beyond to get a laugh.
From start to finish it is a riot of prop gags….demented energy and adroit interplay.” –Sydney Morning Herald 

“There are no limits to the heights of creativity….be transported back to the guileless wonder of childhood….
great charm…great fun…cheerful and brisk production… brings manic energy to the action
that has the kids engaged and amused from the outset.
When a child’s imagination is at work, the sky is no limit.” –The Australian 

The creative team includes a play by Richard Tulloch, based on the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, published by Pan McMillian; Presenter: CDP Theatre Producers, Australia; Director, Julian Louis; Set and Costume Design by Mark Thompson; Lighting/ Av Design by Nicholas Higgins; and Sound Design by Jeremy Silver.

Preview: The 13-Story Treehouse:

 Creative interviews:

Andy Griffiths talks about the stage show:

CDP Theatre Producers
CDP is a multi-award winning company with over 20 years of experience producing and presenting national and international tours throughout Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, and China. The company is Australia’s largest producer of work for young audiences, creating ‘boutique’ theatre of the highest quality. CDP adapts the very best children’s books for the stage, working with Australia’s highest calibre artists. CDP is regularly commissioned by the Sydney Opera House and has won multiple awards including a Fringe First, two Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Production for Children and a Helpmann Award.

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

The EQT Bridge Theater Series (now in its third season, 2017-2018), 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.

Upcoming in the 2017-2018 EQT Bridge Theater Series, seriously adventurous theater for ages 6 and up: 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) 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.

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, for ages 3 and up, 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.

A Pittsburgh Cultural Trust membership to support children’s programming is awesome. For more information, visit, email: or call 412-471-3518. Memberships to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust help support a variety of cultural initiatives that not only enhance our individual lives, they transform our region in powerful ways. Member support keeps the arts relevant and accessible by funding groundbreaking works and curating world-class exhibits and free festivals, by providing innovative arts education and outreach, by stimulating downtown vibrancy and growth, by attracting diverse businesses, audiences and visitors, and by restoring Cultural District properties, creating a safer and livelier world-class destination.

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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