Wallis Annenberg Center Kicks Off Season of Family Entertainment

Dan Zanes and Friends will perform at the Bram Goldsmith Theater Oct. 19.

Dan Zanes and Friends will perform at the Bram Goldsmith Theater Oct. 19.

Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is the first and only performing arts center in Beverly Hills. The venue, which opened its doors in October 2013, transformed a Beverly Hills city block into a vibrant new cultural destination in the heart of Los Angeles with two distinct, elegant buildings: the historic 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office, now called the Paula Kent Meehan Historic Building; and the new, contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater. Within the treasured Post Office, existing spaces are re-imagined into the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, a theater school for young people, a café and gift shop – all scheduled to open by the year’s end. Together, these two structures embrace the city’s history and future, creating an arts lover’s dream come true – all within walking distance of some of the finest dining, hotels and shopping in Los Angeles.

The Wallis is a proud sponsor of the L.A. Parent Shooting Stars Cover Kids Contest, coming Oct. 11 to Plaza El Segundo.

The Wallis will feature a number of acclaimed productions for family audiences in its second season. The Theater for Young Audiences’ season commences in the Lovelace Studio Theater Oct. 7-19 with The Man Who Planted Trees. Performed by Scotland’s The Puppet State Theater Company, this multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the tale of a shepherd (and his dog!) who plant a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. The production is recommended for ages 7 and up.

Lifeboat, coming in March, is based on a true story of courage and friendship.

Lifeboat, coming in March, is based on a true story of courage and friendship.

Next up is The Queen of Colors, Jan. 5-18, from Germany’s Erfreuliches TheatErfurt. Making its West Coast debut, this bold and beautiful tale adapted from the children’s book by German author Jutta Bauer is recommended for ages 4-7.

The season concludes with the return of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company. Their production of White last season was a sold-out hit, and this season they present Lifeboat March 10-22, based on a true story of courage and friendship and recommended for ages 10 and up. Discounted subscriptions are currently available for the Theater for Young Audiences season.

The Man Who Planted Trees comes to the Lovelace Studio Theater Oct. 7-19.

The Man Who Planted Trees comes to the Lovelace Studio Theater Oct. 7-19.

There will also be two exciting events for families in the Bram Goldsmith Theater. On Oct. 19, Grammy winner Dan Zanes and Friends will present a concert The New York Times calls “true children’s music, but executed with such sweet (and un-gooey!) humor, casual multiculturalism, and shambling groove that you can call it your own.” The Wallis will also be presenting the off-Broadway hit POTTED POTTER – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff from Feb. 25-March 1. Written and performed by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, POTTED POTTER is perfect for ages 6 to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).

For more information about The Wallis, and to purchase tickets to these family-friendly productions and the entire 2014-2015 season, visit www.thewallis.org.

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