Playhouse Square has a bunch planned for Family Theater Day on May 4

On May 4, Playhouse Square will host a day of theater and activities for Cleveland through Family Theater Day, presented by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Family Theater Day, according to a Playhouse Square news release, “offers children and families the opportunity to experience unique live performances and activities, and enjoy the excitement of a visit to downtown Cleveland in a fun, welcoming environment.”

In addition to the ticketed theater performances, Playhouse Square offers crafts and additional experiences for free, the release states. Children of all ages can enjoy “Abracadabra! Kids Learn Magic,” an interactive installation that explores the world of magic, and they can dance along with the family-friendly band Recess Monkey.

Recess Monkey will perform as part of Family Theater Day at Playhouse Square. (Courtesy of Playhouse Square)

There also will be a photo booth, balloon and caricature artists, face painters and more waiting to delight and entertain, the release states.

Tickets for Family Theater Day performances are on sale at the Playhouse Square Ticket Office, 1510 Euclid Ave., at or at 216-241-6000. Tickets for each performance are $10 to 15. Tickets for free activities are not required.

Here are the 2019 Family Theater Day Performances, taken straight from the news release:

Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic
New Victory Theatre

From his breathtaking Double Levitation to his cutting-edge Op-Art and Plasma illusions, Jason Bishop features stunning and original state of the art magic. One thing that distinguishes Bishop is his virtuosity. Each show features award-winning sleight of hand, exclusive grand illusions and close-up magic projected onto a huge movie screen. No other touring illusionist showcases such a diverse array of talents. Additionally, the show is delivered with a totally modern energy and an outstanding rock and pop soundtrack.

Jason Bishop performs. (Courtesy of Playhouse Square)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
Kidoons/WYRD Production

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea is the stage adaptation of the classic Jules Verne Sci-Fi adventure, exploring the power of nature and the nature of power. Plunge into a multisensory experience with unforgettable characters, eye-popping projections and interactive audience technology. This family-friendly show encourages us to connect for the future. Join us aboard the Nautilus, on an unforgettable ride to the depths of the sea…and the edge of your seat.

“Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea” will be performed at on Family Theater Day at Playhouse Square. (Courtesy of Playhouse Square)

Shh! We Have a Plan
Cahoots NI

Based on the Chris Haughton book of the same name, Shh! We Have a Plan is a nonverbal tale featuring magic, music and puppetry. Follow the delightful and surprising journey of some madcap characters, each of whom has a plan to capture a beautiful bird perched high in a tree.

Sounds simple, but the quest soon becomes an obsession and the obsession becomes the absurd. Where will it all end? Join us as the characters learn to love and look after nature while discovering that perhaps freedom and kindness are more important than getting what you want at any cost. Prepare to be enchanted and amazed by this exciting theatrical adventure for young children!

This performance is non-verbal.

Recess Monkey

Drew, Jack and Korum are three teachers who make kid’s music that grows out of their days in their classrooms. They continue to be praised across the country for singable, danceable songs that parents enjoy as much as their kids.

Praised by People, Time, USA Today, The New York Times and NPR for their pitch-perfect understanding of what gets kids excited, Recess Monkey is known for prolific album output, high-energy shows and laugh-out-loud funny lyrics that capture the essence of being young. They drink a lot of coffee.

Recess Monkey has earned dozens of awards over its twelve-year history. Their 2016 Amazon Original Family album “Novelties” was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Children’s Album.

Abracadabra! Kids Learn Magic

Local magicians come together to provide a captivating experience for families and children. See a free 15-minute magic show. Then, for those who wish to continue the enchantment, step to the other side of the magic curtain where another magician will personally teach every child in the audience a magic trick they can easily master and take home with them – for free! (Magic trick supplies provided while supplies last, designed for children ages six and up.) Come celebrate the joy of magic with the ones you love.

Family Theater Day is made possible in part by support from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s, Kathy and Jim Pender and The Michael Pender Fund of the Cleveland Foundation, Medical Mutual, PNC, and the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

Family Theater Day at Playhouse Square is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund Family Theater Day at Playhouse Square with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Top image: “Shh! We Have a Plan (courtesy of Playhouse Square)

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