Both plays are recommended for families with children ages five and older. Arden Children's Theatre, Philadelphia's first and only resident professional children's theatre, has attracted more than a quarter of a million guests since its advent in 1998.
Here's the Arden Children's Theatre season at a glance:
A brand-new version of J.M. Barrie's classic tale
Adapted for the Stage by Douglas Irvine
From the books by J.M. Barrie
Directed by David O'Connor
Dec. 2, 2009-Jan. 24, 2010
F. Otto Haas Stage
"Ever since J.M. Barrie's story first appeared in 1904, countless versions have been produced on stage and in film. Now, Arden Children's Theatre presents a brand-new adaptation; one that celebrates the joy of storytelling and the power of imagination. Join eternally young Peter on his adventure to Neverland, a magical island where there are no parents, no rules, and fairies and pirates rule! Introduce your children and grandchildren to the characters you loved from J.M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece: Wendy, Tink, Hook, a horde of Lost Boys, a ticking crocodile — and a boy who won't grow up."
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Based on the book by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Adapted for the Stage by Jody Davidson
Directed by Whit MacLaughlin
April 14-May 30, 2010
"Who thought that one cookie could lead to so much chaos? Laura Joffe Numeroff's bestselling book comes to life when an innocent boy generously offers a cookie to a demanding little mouse. This singular action triggers a series of escalating requests that result in mayhem — and a lot of fun! Arden Children's Theatre spins this tiny tale into a charming and sophisticated story that stays true to the beloved book and teaches a valuable lesson of cause and effect."
Both productions feature a question and answer session with the cast after every performance plus each child receives a free commemorative show poster when exiting. Subscription prices are $40-$50 for adults, $32-$40 for teens, and $26-$30 for kids.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call Arden Theatre Company's box office at (215) 922-1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org.
Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 N. 2nd Street in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Old City, Philadelphia.