Meydenbauer Center welcomes the Bellevue Youth Theatre summer production of Pippi Longstocking and the Wayward Pirates this weekend. This family-friendly play features the adventures of the playful, red-headed character originally featured in the beloved children’s book series by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.
The play will take place at The Theatre at Meydenbauer on the following dates:
- Friday, August 15 at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, August 16 at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, August 16 at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, August 17 at 2 p.m.
The Pippi Longstocking production is approximately two hours long, or an hour and 40 minutes with an intermission. Tickets for the play are $5 for all ages.
Bellevue Youth Theatre is an inclusive theatre arts program that brings together children of all skill levels and abilities to create dynamic productions and foundational learning experiences. The program makes every effort to accommodate all children and encourage a passion for theatre arts, not allowing disability, experience, or age to be limiting factors.
“The Theatre is a level playing ground…It’s given a lot of kids that wouldn’t normally get a chance to shine on stage that opportunity,” said James McClain, principal director of the play and administrator of the Bellevue Youth Theatre program. “To see them perform and grab onto this love of theatre is very exciting to me.”
Pippi Longstocking will feature approximately 132 kids from the surrounding community including 12 children with disabilities with cast members ranging in age from the youngest being 3 years old to the oldest adult in the play at 58. For more information on the Bellevue Youth Theatre and their production of Pippi Longstocking, visit www.bytfoundation.org.
In addition to this weekend’s performance of Piipi Longstocking, Bellevue Youth Theatre is also planning a number of productions for this Fall:
- The Phantom Tollbooth, at the Bellevue Youth Theatre, Oct. 24-Nov. 2.
- Peter Rabbit & Friends: The Tales of Beatrix Potter, at the Bellevue Youth Theatre, Nov. 7-16
- Babes in Toyland, at The Theatre at Meydenbauer, Nov. 28-30
- The Snow Queen, at Bellevue Youth Theatre, Dec. 12-14 & Dec. 19-21.
About Bellevue Youth Theatre
Bellevue Youth Theatre (BYT) started in 1990 as an outreach program and became a city-wide recreation program in 1995. Since then, this inclusive theatre arts program for children and teens has only grown in popularity and involvement within the community. Children who grew up performing in BYT plays have gone on to graduate college, only to return to work with BYT and inspire the next generation of kids learning the stage.
BYT staff are eagerly awaiting the completion of their new $8.8 million theatre building at Crossroads Park at the end of this year. The innovative new theatre will feature a green roof as a natural insulator, will be LEED certified and its unique features will make it the first of its kind in the nation.