T2 KIDS' CLUB

During select Sunday matinee performances, parents and grandparents attending the show are invited to bring their kids along to the T2 Kids' Club, a series of fun and creative classes led by TheatreSquared's professional teaching artists at Nadine Baum Studios.

Each Kids' Club class is packed with hands-on theatre activities, modeled after a real play production process. Parents who sign on for the full season — by purchasing a Kids' Club Season Pass along with their subscription — will enroll their child in a five-class track including playwriting, acting, "behind the scenes," and finally a performance created entirely by kids!

Please note that, as a companion offering to our regular performances, Kids' Club passes are only available to parents or guardians attending the show on the same date. 

DATES

When you call to reserve your parent subscription and Kids' Club Pass, let the Box Office agent know which series of dates you prefer. As a T2 subscriber, if conflicts arise, you may exchange at no charge into any other Sunday Kids’ Club performance up to 24 hours in advance of your reservation.

First Sundays
Aug 27Oct 15Nov 3Jan 28March 18May 6
Second Sundays
Sep 3Oct 22Dec 10Feb 4March 25May 13
Third Sundays
Sep 10Oct 29Dec 17Feb 11April 1May 20
Fourth Sundays
Sep 17Nov 5Dec 24Feb 18April 8, May 27

 

 


 

 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

To subscribe and add your Kids' Club Pass now, call the Box Office at (479) 571-2785.

While designed as a continuum, each session also serves as a complete class, and single-ticket buyers are welcome to reserve one-day Kids' Club Passes as well. New participants — please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before the performance is scheduled to begin.

For the kids While you watch

Session 1: Storytelling

 

Students will be led through fun theatre games like “story board” and “tableau” to introduce the concepts of plot, character and conflict. Students will then work in small groups to create a dramatic adaptation of a short story.  

  

 

Show 1: Fun Home
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel

A five-time Tony Award-winner and one of the most significant new musicals of the 21st century. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing make-believe at the family business — the Bechdel Funeral Home. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, cathartic, and wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Directed by Amy Herzberg; featuring Rita Harvey and Rob Sutton (Next to Normal).

Sesson 2: Acting

 

Students will be led through improvisational games and hands-on acting exercises that will encourage confident performances onstage, using their imagination to bring their ideas to life in a creative way.


 

Show 2: The Champion
by Amy Evans 

A TheatreSquared World Premiere

Based on untold true events. It’s 1962 and music legend Nina Simone is holed up in a snowstorm in a greasy spoon somewhere in North Carolina, waiting for the trains to start running. Tempers flare between band members, and as secrets surface, it’s soon clear this small diner in unfriendly territory may well be the place where life-changing decisions are made. Suddenly, the band find themselves accused of a crime they didn’t commit. A sharply drawn, exciting new play that intimately portrays a cultural icon and the turbulent era during which she rose to fame. Directed by Reginald Douglas; featuring Joy Jones as Nina Simone.

 

Session 3: Scenery Design

In this hands-on session, students will learn about the process of designing sets and hand properties for a theatrical production. 
Kids will create an environment and a properties design based on a short story!

 

Show 3: It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
adapted by Joe Landry

This inventive twist on Frank Capra’s classic film brings the ever-timely story of disaster, redemption and holiday magic to life on stage before your eyes and ears. It’s Christmas Eve, 1946, and five actors have gathered in WFMK Studio A for a live radio broadcast, ready to take on dozens of characters and recreate Bedford Falls with live foley sound effects and virtuosic, high-energy performances. Even the cynics among us will cheer as George Bailey, standing on the brink of despair, famously learns that "no man is a failure who has friends.” For all ages.


 

Session 4: Costume Design

 

Students will learn about the process of designing costumes and makeup for a theatrical production.  They will create character costumes based on a short story and explore how stage make-up can be used to create a perfect look for a character!


 

Show 4: The Humans
by Stephen Karam

The most acclaimed and awarded American play in recent memory will have its first independent production in Northwest Arkansas following its record-breaking Broadway run. After a sleepless night, Mr. Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to his daughter’s new apartment to celebrate Thanksgiving. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, mysterious things start to go bump in the night, secrets are revealed, and family tensions reach a boiling point.

Session 5: Sound Design

 

Students will learn about creating sound effects and musical elements that come together to help build the world of the play.  Students will create simple instruments and create a sound foley.  

 

Show 5: Vietgone
by Qui Nguyen

A modern twist on the All-American love story, Vietgone pulses with contemporary energy. It’s the classic boy meets girl – except this boy and girl are refugees from the Vietnam War newly settled in a relocation camp in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. Borrowing from up-to-the-minute popular culture to recreate the playwright’s own parents’ meeting, Vietgone ranges from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama, skipping through time and around the globe. Fresh from its acclaimed 2017 New York debut — and written by an Arkansas native — Vietgone presents a fresh theatrical take on one real family’s history. Directed by Kholoud Sawaf.

Session 6: Play in a Day

 

In this session, all of the skills from the previous sessions will come together as the students rehearse and perform a short play! Parents are invited to the short showcase immediately following the T2 show.

 

Show 6: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Freely adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson
from the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
 

Packed full of verbal and visual ingenuity and abundant comedy, this sublimely funny reimagining of the most celebrated Sherlock Holmes mystery is a hyper-theatrical tour de force. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the moors with a look of terror still etched on his face, the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street to unravel the mysteries surrounding his death and investigate an ancient curse. A hit in London’s West End called “gut-bustingly funny” by The Times, this clever new adaptation brings the silly-yet-dignified tone of British sketch comedy to a classic Holmesian whodunnit. For all ages.