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.

SECOND SUNDAYS at 2pm
Sep 4, Oct 23, Dec 11, Feb 12, Apr 2, May 21

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: Playwriting

During this session, teaching artists will lead students 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: All the Way
by Robert Schenkkan

It’s not personal, it’s politics in this powerful, Tony Award-winning drama fresh from its Broadway debut. Lyndon Baines Johnson, an accidental president after Kennedy’s assassination, is a towering Texan of Shakespearean ambition who will use every trick — from bullying to blackmail — to pass a sweeping Civil Rights Act and win his own election. Martin Luther King Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, George Wallace, Lady Bird and more all join an ensemble of 17 in this acclaimed new drama about determination, back-room politics — and just what it takes to go all the way.  

Sesson 2: Acting

Students will be led through improvisational games and hands-on acting exercises that will encourage confident performances onstage.  While having a great time, your child will learn to listen, follow directions, remember lines, focus on tasks, accomplish objectives, take turns, work with others in a group situation, compromise, and use their imagination to bring their ideas to life in a creative way.

Show 2: I and You
by Lauren Gunderson 

A sharp, fresh and funny new play about the existential crisis of being an almost-adult. Classmates but virtual strangers, Caroline and Anthony are thrust together by a school project — which, he sheepishly tells her, is due tomorrow. Homebound by illness, Caroline is less than welcoming of Anthony, whose pathetic poster on Walt Whitman may be beyond rescue. But, as the poetry project progresses, Caroline finds herself opening up in ways she never expected, and the two discover a deeper mystery has brought them together.

 

Session 3: A Christmas Carol

 

It's time for a dickens of a Kid's Club Christmas Party.  We'll be celebrating Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" during this session of Kid's Club, where we'll explore the classic story of redemption and create a modern reimagining that brings the story into our modern times!

 

Show 3: Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens

A world premiere stage adaptation

After a terrifying Christmas Eve graveyard encounter, young orphan Pip’s life will never be the same. Plucked from poverty and thrust into the upper class by a mysterious benefactor, Pip strives to discover himself and find love in his radically changed circumstances, even while untangling a fascinating web of long-hidden secrets. Six actors portray more than 40 characters in this virtuosic on-stage adventure that serves up heart and hope with Dickensian shadow — a world premiere adaptation for all ages.

Session 4: Behind the Scenes

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 4: Detroit
by Lisa D'Amour

A Pulitzer Prize Finalist and one of The New York Times top 10 plays of the year, Detroit is an explosive dark comedy that brilliantly captures our moment in history. Recently laid off, Ben starts an e-business from his suburban home while his wife, Mary, keeps up a punishing commute to work. But when mysterious new neighbors Sharon and Kenny arrive, the façade of their upwardly mobile lives begins to crack. Soon they find themselves increasingly pulled towards their wild new friends—to incendiary effect. Ecstatic and dangerously funny, Detroit rips up the floorboards to reveal the racing heart under a crumbling suburban dream. 

Session 5: Creating the Character

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 5: Intimate Apparel
by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage

At the dawn of the last century, Esther is making an uncommon living for herself sewing exquisite lingerie. Her skilled artistry allows her rare access into the private lives of others — but she yearns for something more in her own private life, even if it means risking everything she has. This acclaimed and poignant new American drama is the winner of five national awards for Best Play.

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!  The director will lead students through the process of creating a culminating creative project, complete with costumes, props and sound design! Parents are invited to the short showcase immediately following the T2 show

Show 6: The Dingdong
by Mark Shanahan 

Vatelin is a faithful husband – mostly. Lucy is a faithful wife – kind of. But their “fidelity” will be put to the test when a series of sly suitors and femmes fatales invade their cozy little world. Dive headfirst into the misadventures of one madcap night in two Parisian hotels in this fast-paced adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s classic farce, and discover how opening the wrong door in the dark of night can lead to mayhem, laughter, and some unlikely revelations about the secret to a happy marriage.