The Portsmouth Area Arts Council & Children’s Theatre couldn’t be more excited as we dive into our 50th year.

Half a century of coloring the Portsmouth Area with the arts. Half a century of shows. Half a century of exhibits. Half a century of artwork. Half a century of music.

This season has shaped up to be one of our most exciting. We will produce 3, full-length musicals, present two Shakespeare productions, take 6 different shows to 18 area schools and are expecting as many as 20,000 audience members over the next 12 months.

Teachers, check out our selection of student matinées throughout the year at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. These matinées are priced to include all of your students, with shows starting at just $3 per seat. Each page includes curriculum connections to relate to your classroom and study guides are available once your class is registered. Register online or call the office at (740) 351-3642.

Principals, we will be offering 6 different outreach shows this year ranging from preschool-12th grade subject matter. These shows are grant-funded through the Ohio Arts Council and available first-come, first-served.

Parents, have a child that loves to sing and dance? Send them to us and we’ll put them in a show! Participation in our Children’s Theatre productions is always free.

PAAC has something for everyone in your life who loves the arts. We can’t wait to see you this season and here’s to another wonderful 50 years!

Becky Lovins, Executive Director,
Portsmouth Area Arts Council
becky@paac4kids.org
(740) 351-3642

 

 

The Merry Wives of Windsor

PAAC & SSU’s Free Shakespeare in the Park

 

Sunday, August 27
7:00 pm

SSU Alumni Green
940 2nd Street


How do you con a conman? You beat him at his own game, of course! That’s the lesson learned by Shakespeare’s legendary comedic cad, Sir John Falstaff, as he tries to remedy his financial woes by chasing two happily married women–using the same scam at the same time. But it’s not long before these witty wives sniff out his scheme, turning the tables on their would-be wooer and illustrating emphatically that “wives may be merry and yet honest too.”

This will be the 3rd annual presentation of PAAC & SSU’s Free Shakespeare in the Park. Bring your own chair and the family and enjoy this fantastic free production.

 
 

Roald Dahl's
James and the Giant Peach Jr.

Performed by the Portsmouth Area Children’s Theatre

 

Thursday, November 16
9:30 am & Noon

Friday, NOVEMBER 17
10:00 AM & 7:00 pm

Saturday, NOVEMBER 18
7:00 pm

Sunday, NOVEMBER 19
2:30 pm


 

Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
Eloise C. Smith Theatre
Grades PreK-12 • 75 minutes
Rated G

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl

Directed by Susan Foster

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Visual Arts, Relationships, Music

A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, a boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey across the ocean.

Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

 
 

Thursday & Friday student matinées are $3 a seat and group reservations can be made by calling PAAC at (740) 351-3642 or submitting the show reservation form

Tickets for the evening performance are $6-$12 and will be available at the McKinley Box Office by calling (740) 351-3600 or at vrcfa.com.

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

 

 

Romeo and Juliet

Tuesday, December 12
10:00 am  & 7:00 pm


 

Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
Eloise C. Smith Theatre
Grades 5-12 • 2 hours
Rated G
Tickets $5

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, English Literature, Visual Arts, Relationships, Theatre, Drama

One of the most beloved romantic tragedies in the world, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of the bard’s star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet fall instantly in love, only to discover that they come from feuding families.

In defiance of their families, amidst the animosity of friends and in concealment from their mentors, a young couple risks everything to be together.

PAAC is proud to present Cincinnati Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet and prove its continued relevance in the lives of young and old alike, throughout the ages.

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is one of the few companies in the world who can boast having performed all 37 plays credited to William Shakespeare. They are entering their 24th season in Cincinnati and this marks the 8th year they have performed in Portsmouth.

Both shows will include a talk-back with the actors following the performance.

 
 

Student matinée tickets are $5 per seat and reservations can be made by calling PAAC at (740) 351-3642 or or submitting the show reservation form

Tickets for the evening performance are $5 and will be available at the McKinley Box Office by calling (740) 351-3600. Ask about our special buy-one-get-one offer when you call!

 

Roald Dahl's
Willy Wonka JR.

Performed by the Portsmouth Area Children’s Theatre

 

Thursday, march 15, 2018
9:30 am & Noon

Friday, March 16, 2018
10:00 AM & 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 17, 2018
7:00 pm

Sunday, March 18, 2018
2:30 pm


 

Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
Eloise C. Smith Theatre
Grades PreK-12 • 75 minutes
Rated G

Words and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald

Based on the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Visual Arts, Relationships, Music

The delicious adventures of Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory lights up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder with a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Follow the enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour with his loveable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences. 

 
 

Thursday & Friday student matinées are $3 per seat and group reservations can be made by calling  PAAC at (740) 351-3642 or or submitting the show reservation form

Tickets for the evening performance are $6-$12 and will be available at the McKinley Box Office by calling (740) 351-3600 or at vrcfa.com

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

 

 

The Addams Family

Performed by the Portsmouth Area Children’s Theatre Senior Co. & Alumni

 

Friday, July 20, 2018
7:00 pm

Saturday, July 21, 2018
7:00 pm

Sunday, July 22, 2018
2:30 pm


 

Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
Eloise C. Smith Theatre

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice

Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Based on characters created by Charles Addams

Directed by Susan Foster

The Portsmouth Area Arts Council & Children’s Theatre invites all Children’s Theatre Alumni and Senior Co. members ages 13 and up to be a part of our first full-length summer musical. Auditions will take place in June with rehearsals nightly until showtime. This will be our first full-length summer production and we are excited to partner with Shawnee State University to invite not only our Senior Co. members ages 13-18, but any of our alumni to come back and be a part of the show.

The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

 

 
 

Tickets are $6-$12 and will be available at the McKinley Box Office by calling (740) 351-3600 or at vrcfa.com

Originally produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary LuRoffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence, LLC, Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals By Special Arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical.