|Kids can meet characters from The Theatre in the Park’s Disney Double Feature at July 14 event|
Mowgli, Baloo, Princess Aurora, and Prince Philip are among the characters participants can meet and have their photos taken with during this Meet the Characters event. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on July 14, prior to the theatre’s Saturday night performance of a Disney Double Feature which consists of one-act versions of the two kids’ classics. Other planned activities will include face painting and making magic wands.
"I think from a kid's standpoint, it's exciting to get to see a real-life person that they've associated with a character in a different place," said The Theatre in the Park Producing Creative Director Tim Bair. "It's just an extra little something added to getting to go to a live theater production - it's something fun for them to do that they can associate with live theater."
The cost for this 60-minute program is $8 per child. Space is limited, so preregistration is required. Tickets for this night's show performance are not included and must be purchased separately. To register for the Meet the Characters event, follow the Register for Activities link at jcprd.com and do a program barcode search for 7845.
The theatre's regular production of the Disney Kids Double Feature, which has a G rating, will take place on the evenings of July 6 through 8 and July 12-15. Both shows are adapted from Disney's beloved animated films and feature casts ages 17 and younger.
Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids follows Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie, and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan and features favorite tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.”
In Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids, it’s princess Aurora’s sixteenth birthday, and Flora, Fauna and Merryweather must use their fairy magic to save her from the spell of evil sorceress Maleficent! This show includes songs from the film, including “Once Upon a Dream,” plus fun new songs like “Maleficent!” and “A Little Magic Now.”
Also during July, the theatre will present "Urinetown," which has a PG rating for instances of language, on July 20 through 22 and July 26 through 29. This satirical comedy musical features smart, funny lyrics and great story telling to relate the tale of a grim city of the future where people must pay for the privilege of urinating and the heroic fight against this practice.
A sponsor for this show is Bob Hamilton Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning & Rooter, which will provide a giant inflatable toilet to be placed on top of the box office or another building within the theatre complex, and conduct a toilet paper drive during this production. For each roll of toilet paper donated during this show, patrons will receive coupons toward future plumbing services. The collected paper will go to Giving the Basics, a Kansas and Missouri charity which provides human dignity products to people in need.
The final show of the 2012 season is “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” which is G-rated, on Aug. 3 through 5 and Aug. 9 through 12.
For all productions, the box office opens at 6:30 p.m., gates open at 7:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Regular admission for each two-hour show is $8 for adults, $6 for kids ages four to 10, plus tax. Children ages three and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at theatreinthepark.org. “Anytime” tickets available via either ticket-buying method make it extremely easy to go to a show because the tickets are not specific to a certain night or performance and can be printed out and scanned at the gate.
A 20 percent discount is offered on Thursday night performances, of which there is one during the second week of each show. This makes adult tickets $6.40 and children’s tickets $4.80, plus tax. The discounted tickets must be purchased at the box office.
Theatre patrons often bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets and come early to enjoy the park setting before the show begins. The Theatre in the Park presents seven performances of each show. Opening night for every production falls on a Friday night with performances Friday through Sunday the first week and Thursday through Sunday evenings the following week. Typically, each performance lasts about two hours with a 20-minute intermission.
Sunday night performances are “picnic nights” when the gates open at 6 p.m. and patrons are encouraged to come early and enjoy a picnic in the theatre bowl.
The theatre is offering some great, new food and beverage options this season. Through a partnership with Panera Bread, patrons can order food through the Picnics in the Park page on The Theatre in the Park website and have it waiting at a booth near the box office. In order to be ready on time, food must ordered by 4 p.m. on the night of the performance. Also new is the Park Pavilion Wine and Beer Garden offered between 6 and 8:15 pm on Friday evenings for ages 21 or older. Wine, beer, soda and smoothies are available for purchase, and must be finished before leaving the pavilion area on the northwest side of the theatre complex.
The entrance to Theatre in the Park is located at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, two blocks north of the main entrance to Shawnee Mission Park.