Spend a weekend with the Peanuts this fall!

by Lisa Middleton

The school year has officially started and the busyness of autumn has set in! In the midst of the craziness, take a second to relax and enjoy a bit of quality time with your family. We have the perfect escape – kick back at a performance of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown any weekend this fall for as little as $15 a ticket!

I’ve taken my daughter to see You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown a couple of times now, and it’s so refreshing to put aside the demands of our daily routines and go to the theatre together – not to mention that Charlie Brown’s a fabulous show for families. I love being able to share my childhood favourite, Peanuts, with my daughter! The show has lots of laughs for kids and adults alike, as well as songs that you’ll be sure to sing the whole way home (and, if your household is anything like mine, for few days after, too!).

Here’s a sneak peek of the fabulous cast of Charlie Brown in action!

The fun doesn’t stop with the curtain call! Make it a full weekend and enjoy one of our Warehouse or Festival Theatre tours with your family. It’s a great chance to see what goes on backstage and behind the scenes.

Autumn is also a fabulous time for other festivals happening in the area. The Stratford Garlic Festival kicks off this weekend (September 8-9), so if you’re coming to see You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, bring a breath mint! Here are few other family-friendly activities you can enjoy while you’re at the Festival this fall:

Don’t forget to check out ongoing activities like our Shakespeare Garden tours, Off the Eaten Path culinary walking tours, Historic Stratford Downtown tours and more! The Stratford Tourism Alliance website has lots of great information for visitors to our city!

Pack up the car and join us for great weekends full of fantastic productions, beautiful fall colours, delicious food and lots of fun activities!

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown plays until October 28, 2012. All A, B & C tickets are $15 and all A+ tickets are $25.

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Happiness is… $15 tickets to see You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!

Throughout the month of August, enjoy $25 A+ tickets and $15 A, B and C tickets to all performances of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!*  Take a day trip with your kids, grandchildren or friends and enjoy a show that can only be described a gleefully joyful, whether you’re five, or eighty-five!

Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect to see on stage!

Log into our website with promotion code 45289 to redeem this amazing offer and enjoy a perfect summer outing!

*Offer may expire without notice. Not valid on MMP performances or in conjunction with any other promotion, including SSP, Family Experience, TiXX and PlayOn. Promotion is available through our website or Stratford Social Ticketing on the Festival’s Facebook page. Offer is only valid for performances of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown throughout August.  Promotion ends on August 31. Some conditions apply.

Bring your family to the Festival this Canada Day weekend!

by Lisa Middleton

If you’re looking to make some family plans for Canada Day weekend, look no further! We’re hosting a special celebration for you and the kids that includes great shows, loads of activities, chocolates and treats, a pizza party and meet and greets with actors from You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and The Pirates of Penzance.

I’ll be there with my daughter enjoying some Festival fun. Come and celebrate with us on Saturday, Sunday or both days and enjoy these fabulous ticket packages!

Choose from:

Saturday, June 30

  • Buy one adult ticket to The Pirates of Penzance and get up to four child tickets to The Pirates of Penzance for the special price of $29 each
  • One free Warehouse Tour ticket (to be used on June 30) with every ticket purchased (adult or child)
  • One free ticket for the post-show pizza party/cast meet and greet with every ticket purchased (adult or child)
  • Meet cast members Sean Arbuckle (our Pirate King), Kyle Blair (our resident Frederic) and Gabrielle Jones (the hilarious Ruth)!

OR

Sunday, July 1

  • Buy one adult ticket to You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and get up to four child tickets to You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown for the special price of $29 each
  • One ticket for each child attending to receive a free Charlie Brown key chain (to be picked up from the Avon Theatre Store)
  • One free ticket for the post-show pizza party/cast meet and greet with every ticket purchased (adult or child)
  • Who will you and your children get to mingle with at the post-show meet and greet? Spend some time with Snoopy (Stephen Patterson), Ken James Stewart (Charlie Brown), Andrew Broderick (Schroeder), Amy Wallis (Sally) and Kevin Yee (Linus)!

OR

BUY BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AND SAVE!

When you buy both the Saturday and Sunday packages, we’ll give you the child tickets to the Sunday performance (up to four for each adult ticket purchased) FREE!

Call our Box Office today at 1.800.567.1600 to book your tickets.*

Make sure to mention that you’d like to book the Canada Day Kids Weekend Package and our Box Office staff will assist you in planning a fun holiday for your family.

What a great way to spend your Canada Day weekend!

OUR FUN-FILLED POST-SHOW PIZZA PARTY WILL INCLUDE:

OTHER ACTIVITIES HAPPENING IN AND AROUND STRATFORD ON CANADA DAY WEEKEND

  • Downtown Market Square Canada Day Celebrations
  • Farmers Market, Stratford Rotary Complex – open 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Slow Food Market, Market Square– open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Stratford Summer Music events

SAVE EVEN MORE ON YOUR VISIT
Click here to download coupons for local family- and kid-friendly restaurants, retailers and accommodation providers.

Share the gift of theatre with your family this Canada Day weekend!

I’ll see you there!

Happiness is…
The Family Experience at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival

“Families today are so busy juggling multiple schedules. BMO is happy to sponsor the Family Experience program, which helps simplify bringing families together to enjoy the magic of live theatre.”

 

*Not available online.

It’s your lucky day: We’re opening the “Peanuts Gallery”!

By: Lisa Middleton

What do Charlie Brown, popcorn and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival all have in common?  The “Peanuts Gallery” at the Avon Theatre! During the month of May, we’re offering you a new way to experience our production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. For $29 you can sit in our Peanuts Gallery and enjoy Charlie Brown from the balcony of the Avon with a bag of popcorn and a few good friends!*  Simply log  in to our website with promotion code 42777 to take advantage of this limited-time offer.


We’ve all seen Charles Schulz’s classic comic strip Peanuts in the Sunday funnies; now you can watch as Charlie Brown and his friends jump off the pages of the newspaper and onto the stage! Helmed by director and choreographer Donna Feore, this production of Charlie Brown will take the Peanuts images and characters we know and love and translate them for a modern audience.

I was fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of Michael Gianfrancesco’s set design and Dana Osborne’s costume design; they were beyond fun! The colours will knock you out and the costumes modernize the production while staying true to the original feel of each character. Just picture Charlie Brown dressed in “Euro-boy” attire … so cute!

Here’s our spin on some well-known Peanuts images. These awesome set pieces will be on stage this season in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!

The School Bus:

Lucy’s Psychiatry Booth:

And a few different things in the works

Be among the first to see You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown this season for an incredible price when you sit in our Peanuts Gallery… and don’t forget your popcorn!

If you were a Peanuts character, who would you be?  Let us know in the comment box below!

*Offer may expire without notice. Not valid on MMP performances. Offer available only for May performances of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, excluding May 30, 2012, and only for balcony rows J-Q. Price does not include taxes. Performance ticket must be presented to receive free bag of popcorn. This offer is not available in conjunction with any other promotion.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is presented by Schulich Children’s Plays. Support for the 2012 season of the Avon Theatre has been generously provided by The Birmingham Family.

Happy Birthday, Frederic!

By: Lisa Middleton

If any of you know the story of The Pirates of Penzance, you’ll know that February 29 is a very important date in the show! Frederic, one of the title characters, was apprenticed as a child to a band of tenderhearted pirates. Upon turning 21, Frederic rejoices that he has finally fulfilled his indentures and is now free to return to respectable society. But it turns out that he was born on February 29 – a leap year – and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. What will poor Frederic do?

To celebrate leap day, we have a special one-(and a bit)-day deal for you!

We’re offering $29 tickets to any performance on the 29th day of any month of the season. Hurry, though – this promotion is only available for 29 hours from February 28, 2012 at 7 p.m. to February 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.!* To redeem this online promotion, log in to our website using promotion code 42603.

What’s playing on the 29th? 
May 29: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Cymbeline and 42nd Street
(PROMO PRICE SOLD OUT)
June 29: 42nd Street (PROMO PRICE SOLD OUT), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Matchmaker, Wanderlust and Hirsch
July 29: Much Ado About Nothing, Elektra and Hirsch
August 29: Much Ado About Nothing, The Pirates of Penzance (PROMO PRICE SOLD OUT), Hirsch, Cymbeline and The Best Brothers
September 29: 42nd Street, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Elektra, Henry V and The Pirates of Penzance (PROMO PRICE SOLD OUT)


Find out more about our 2012 playbill and take a look behind the scenes on our YouTube channel and our Flickr page!

Fun fact: Did you know that 2012 will be the fourth time that The Pirates of Penzance will appear at the Festival?  Take a look at some photos of past productions of this much-loved Gilbert and Sullivan show!

*Promotion is not available on special 60th season performances, including A Word or Two and The War of 1812. Promotion is not available on already discounted tickets, including Family Experience, TiXX and PlayOn. Tickets are non-refundable, subject to availability and only available online in A, B and C seating zones.