We couldn't be more excited about what’s in store this season!

The Portsmouth Area Arts Council & Children’s Theatre has a fantastic season of shows with something for everyone.

We’ll be offering 3 great shows at the VRCFA, Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Jr., and Disney’s Lion King, Jr.! All of these shows will have multiple student matinees and public performances in the evenings, all priced for everyone to enjoy.

We are excited to bring back Cincinnati Shakespeare Co. not only for our summer Shakespeare in the Park, but for our annual performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We’ll host Cincy Shakes for three performances over two days in December.

New this season is an expanded outreach program with in-school shows at special pricing to Scioto and Pike county schools. Thanks grant funding from the Ohio Arts Council, ten different titles are available throughout the school year on a first-come, first-served basis.

At $3 a seat our student matinees remain one of the lowest cost field trips of their kind thanks to continued and generous support from our patrons, corporate partners and local and state foundations.

Please call or email me with questions or comments about this year’s season. Have a great year and I’ll see you at the show! 

Becky Lovins, Executive Director,
Portsmouth Area Arts Council

paac@shawnee.edu • (740) 351-3642

 

 

ALICE in WOnderland

Thursday, October 6
10:00 am, Noon & 7:00 pm


 

Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
Eloise C. Smith Theatre
Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre
Grades PreK-4 • 60 minutes

Curriculum Connections: Literature, Theatre, Music, Language Arts

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole as she journeys into Wonderland meeting all your favorite Lewis Carroll characters. Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre brings their giant puppets back to Portsmouth for this classroom and family favorite. Study guides available for teachers upon request. 

 
 

School groups call (740) 351-3642 for daytime reservations.

 

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Thursday, November 17
9:30 am & Noon

Friday, NOVEMBER 18
10:00 AM & 7:00 pm

Saturday, NOVEMBER 19
7:00 pm

Sunday, NOVEMBER 20
2:30 pm


 

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

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth
Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions

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

Based on the original, Tony-nominated Broadway production and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular Disney songs ever. Join the cast of dozens of local young actors on the main stage.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. 

 
 

Daytime matinees are $3 and reservations can be made by calling (740) 351-3642.

Tickets for the evening performance are $10-$12 and will be available at the McKinley Box Office by calling (740) 351-3600.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

 

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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

Tuesday, DECEMBER 13
10:00 AM


 

PACT Theatre
614 3rd Street Portsmouth
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Co.
Grades 5-12 • 120 minutes

LIMITED SEATING!

Bring your class to a Shakespear-ience at our Children’s Theatre! We welcome the Cincinnati Shakespeare Co. back for our Midsummer Fall Festival with 3 performances over 2 days. This show has become an annual tradition and sells out fast, so book your class for one of our 2 student matinees at 10 am each day.

At 7 pm on Monday, December 12, the company will present this year’s show free for the public. Doors open at 6:30 pm. 

 

Disney's The Lion King Jr.

Thursday, march 16
9:30 am & Noon

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

Saturday, March 18
7:00 pm

Sunday, March 19
2:30 pm


 

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

Music and Lyrics by Elton John & Tim Rice
Additional Music & Lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin & Hans Zimmer Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi
Based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor

Curriculum Connections: Music, Theatre, Family, Relationships

Disney’s The Lion King is the World’s #1 Musical and Broadway winner of six Tony® Awards and has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now, for the first time ever, the Portsmouth Area Children’s Theatre brings this show to Scioto County. The African savannah comes to life at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

Seating is limited for these performances, so call (740) 351-3642 for availability for larger school groups for our student matinees. 

 
 

Daytime matinees are $3 and reservations can be made by calling (740) 351-3642.

Tickets for the evening performance are $10-$12 and will be available at the McKinley Box Office by calling (740) 351-3600.

Disney’s The Lion King JR Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com