Playful People Productions of San Jose announces an exciting roster of in-person musicals for adults, teens and children stretching through 2022, and structured with attendee health and safety paramount. Registration for the programs, as soon as they become available, will be done online at https://www.playfulpeople.org/registration. For more information, families can visit www.PlayfulPeople.org or call (408) 878-5362.
The fun begins with Disney’s Aristocats KIDS, based on the 1970 musical film. In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionaire bequeaths her entire estate to Duchess (her high society cat) and her three little kittens – but her greedy and clumsy butler has other plans. Now it’s the turn of the alley cat, Thomas O’Malley, and his gang of swing jazz cats to save the day. “The Aristocats” is based on a story by Tom McGowan and Tom Rowe, which centers on the true story of a family of cats who inherited a fortune in 1910. Disney’s The Registration Aristocats CHILDREN opens August 15 and is suitable for aspiring artists, ages 4-10.
November will feature MTI All together now – A global event celebrating local theater! Musical Theater International offers this unique opportunity for schools and theaters around the world to locally produce and present an exclusive musical review featuring songs from MTI’s beloved shows: including Mamma Mia, Come From Away, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Bois, and more. Registration for All together now opens August 15 and welcomes artists 11 years and older.
Following the enthusiastic response to the day in July Taiko Taiko Workshop, Playful People and the San Jose Beat Institute introduce six-session course starting October 2 and meeting on October 1st and 3rd Saturdays. South Bay Beat Institute instructor Rome Hamner will lead a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 students. In addition to the basics of the art itself, learning the Japanese and Japanese-American percussion art of taiko improves teamwork, self-control, communication, and self-esteem. Playful People Productions will provide masks as needed, hand sanitizer, water, and clean, socially remote battery stations for the workshop. Taiko Drum is suitable for children 10 years and older (age exceptions considered individually).
The new year starts with performances of The Pirates of Penzance, one of Gilbert and Sullivan most popular comic operas. With songs such as “I’m the very model”, “For, oh, for the pirate Sherry” and “When the foreman bares his steel”, The Pirates of Penzance is a classic musical adventure chock full of swashbuckling buccaneers, distressed maidens, cowardly cops, orphans in conflict, the epitome of a modern major general, and more. Registration for The pirates of Penzance opens August 15 and welcomes artists 13 years and older.
Playful People celebrates the middle of winter with Disney’s Frozen Kids and Disney’s Frozen JR. Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, the two children’s shows bring Elsa, Anna and Arendelle’s Magical Land to life on stage. Featuring all the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, these shows also include five new songs written for the Broadway production. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR., A slightly longer version than Frozen KIDS, develops the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa, the discovery of hidden potential and the powerful bond of brotherhood. Frozen CHILDREN, occurring February 18-20, is recommended for ages 4-9; JR frozen, from February 25 to 27, for 10-14 year olds.
In April, the association presents a special event production which has been suspended due to the Covid – AXOLORIS, an original and interactive musical by Sean Mendelson. Coinciding with Earth Day 2022, Axoloris is a show about a group of teenagers who not only discover the importance of protecting their community from an energy crisis, but also a journey towards self-discovery. AXOLORIS is recommended for ages 10 years and over.
Rodgers and Hammerstein The sound of music then comes into play, at the end of April and the beginning of May. The Sound of Music is the heartwarming true story of a woman moving from convent novitiate to housekeeper to wife, and a family’s astonishing journey to escape Nazi Germany. Favorite songs from the musical include “My Favorite Things”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and the title track “The Sound of Music”. This production will be aimed at ages 13 and up, with special auditions for young artists who wish to audition for the children of Von Trapp.
All shows, workshops and projects will be structured to adhere to the most recent Covid guidelines and to keep the safety of participants and staff paramount.
Playful People Productions was founded in 2010 as a positive, inclusive, family-oriented theater company, and has been operating as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization since 2017. While initially offering classes, camps and shows for children, the company has grown to offer similar classes for adults and stage multigenerational shows where family members can perform together. More recently, the organization has returned to its usual spaces at the Historic Hoover Theater in San Jose, but is continuing some of its pandemic-friendly online programming (POP, Playful Online People) as well as video-on-demand classes.
The mother-daughter team Barbara Galiotto and Katie D’Arcey are trained in Positive Discipline; both worked as early childhood educators; and as professional directors of children’s theater. The duo have around 50 years of experience in the world of musical theater between them and, with a small team of permanent staff and a range of talented directors, teachers and support staff, offer theater experiences from beginner to advanced for the whole family.
To register, visit https://www.playfulpeople.org/registration.
For more information visit www.playfulpeople.org or call (408) 878-5362.