Children's theater is a great way to introduce kids to theater before they realize that most plays are just about sad guys talking. Get kid-friendly kicks with this GrouponLive deal.
- One ticket to see Walking the Tightrope
- When: Saturdays through May 18
- Where: 24th Street Theatre
- Seating: General admission
- Door time: One hour before the show
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to see the full performance schedule.
- $6 for a child’s ticket (up to a $12 value)
- $12 for an adult’s ticket (up to a $26 value)
Walking the Tightrope
Every year five-year-old Esme visits her grandparents’ house on the English seaside, but this year something is different. Esme searches all the familiar places—the beach, the kitchen, and the rooms of the house—until finally she asks Granddad Stan: "Where is Nanna?" Heartbroken and hesitant to tell his granddaughter the truth, Granddad instead concocts a magical tale about grandma running off to join the circus as a tightrope walker. Even innocent Esme finds the story a little suspicious, but understands enough to go along with it, for her own sake and the sake of Granddad. Throughout the story that follows, two metaphorical characters take shape: the Clown, who tumbles through the production with melancholy humor, and the Musician, who accents the mixed emotions with subtle piano flourishes—both guiding audiences toward the inevitable conclusion.
Full-grown actress Paige Lindsey White plays the young girl with unfiltered exuberance and despair, while Mark Bramhall delivers a heartfelt, understated performance as the grandfather. The work reaches transcendent heights thanks to the innovation of director Debbie Devine and enveloping sound and video techniques. Together, the cast and crew create something the Los Angeles Times declared is “poised between children’s fable and adult reverie at once, only to become another transcendent thing altogether.”
24th Street Theatre
The 24th Street Theatre blurs the line between adult and children’s theater with programming that's simultaneously accessible and nuanced. But the organization accomplishes much more than that. Stewards to the Teatro Nuevo Latino Initiative, music services, and outreach programs for at-risk youths, 24th Street Theatre's creatives draw neighborhood adolescents into the arts. And they're obviously doing something right. As Jack Black once said of the theatre’s director, according its website, “I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t met Deb Devine, my first drama teacher.”