Santa Rosa, Calif., June 21, 2023 –Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announced its 2023-24 Family Fun Series, an enchanting collection of playful, family-friendly theater productions that captivate audiences of all ages. More than just live performances, the Family Fun Series offers an immersive experience that invites families to enjoy pre-show arts activities tailored to each show’s theme, the opportunity to meet cast members for autographs, pizza on the concessions menu, and a special visit from Clover Sonoma’s Clo the Cow.
The 2023-24 season will include five shows from national and internationally touring artists. Shows include Pete the Cat’s Big Hollywood Adventure, October 24, 2023; The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System; November 14, 2023; Giraffe’s Can’t Dance – The Musical, January 18, 2024; Dinosaur World Live, March 6, 2024; and The Boy Who Cried Wolf, May 5, 2024.
Subscriptions, which offer a discount of more than 20 percent go on sale to the public on June 23. Individual tickets are available to the public starting August 25.
Sponsored by Clover Sonoma and Exchange Bank, LBC’s Family Fun Series is a subscription-based program of dynamic, child-positive stage performances. Employing imaginative costuming and dynamic staging, they often are inspired by children’s books or topics like science and cultural exploration. Each performance also presents themes that foster social emotional learning, such as overcoming adversity, processing feelings, and creative thinking.LBC hosts one of the most extensive family series programs in California, presenting for four decades in one of the largest theaters designated for family shows, according to Melanie Weir, LBC’s Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement. To ensure accessibility for families, LBC sets subscription and ticket prices as low as possible.
“LBC’s Family Fun Series is the perfect entry point to prepare kids to be lovers of the arts and theatre for the rest of their lives,” said Weir. “We want children to experience the magic of seeing a live show that appears only once and commands special attention because there’s no pausing or rewinding it and families can feel the excitement in the audience.”
Subscriptions for all five shows range in price from $52 for children to $70 for adults. Subscriptions include a meet-and-greet with most artists after each show, plus an invitation for a backstage tour and on-stage activity. Individual tickets range in price from $12 to $16 for children and $17 to $20 for adults. A special flex package offers a 10 percent discount on the purchase of up to four shows. For more information about individual shows and to purchase subscriptions and tickets, visit lutherburbankcenter.org/family-fun.
About Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 230 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving more than 50,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 800 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain. For more information, visit lutherburbankcenter.org.
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ALL SHOWS RUN 60 MINUTES EXCEPT WHERE INDICATED.
LBC’s Family Fun Series 2023-24 Season
All performances take place in the Ruth Finley Person Theater and run approximately one-hour. Free Fun with Art activities begin one hour before each show.
Pete the Cat’s Big Hollywood Adventure
Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at 6:30 pm
Lights! Camera! Action! Everyone’s favorite cool cat comes to life on stage! When Pete the Cat and his buddy Callie sneak into the Hollywood Studios, they get lost in the world of the movies. Join Pete, Callie, Ethel the Apatosaurus, and Robo-Pete in this rockin’ new musical adventure adapted from several fun-filled Pete the Cat books, including Cavecat Pete, Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map, and The Cool Cat Boogie.
The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System
Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at 6:30 pm
When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the group of students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic.
Giraffes Can’t Dance- The Musical
by Wishing Star Productions
Thursday, January 18, 2024, at 6:30 pm
All the animals in the jungle know their own special dance, but Gerald the Giraffe can’t seem to move without a clumsy step. With the help of a wise cricket, Gerald finds his own song and dances to the beat of his own drum! In this stage adaptation of the beloved children’s book, puppets, African rhythm, and lots of dancing take us along on Gerald’s journey of discovering that his differences are what make him special.
Dinosaur World LIVE
Tuesday, March 6, 2024, at 6:30 pm
Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new dino-mite adventure for the whole family! Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing dinosaurs. Using stunning puppetry to bring remarkably life-like dinosaurs to the stage, Dinosaur World Live presents a host of impressive pre-historic creatures roaring across the stage, including a Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus, plus a Triceratops and every child’s favorite giant carnivore, the Tyrannosaurus Rex!
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
by tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal of England
Sunday, May 5, 2024, at 3:00 pm
A beautiful wintery tale adapted from the classic Aesop’s fable. Throughout the long winter, Silas sits high on a mountain, reluctantly watching over his family’s flock of sheep. His mum and grandad count on him, but he’s bored, while below, his village is full of happy knitters, clicking their needles and crafting projects for the annual knitting competition. To shake things up, Silas cries “wolf” to make the villagers come running, but what happens when they discover his trick? A gifted ensemble of actor musicians sings and dances to bring all the delightful characters to life, including hilarious sheep and perhaps a scary wolf or two!