FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE

Children’s Programming Increasingly the Academy of Music’s ‘Cup of Tea’

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – From next week’s stage adaptation of the true story “Three
Cups of Tea” to the March production of “Willy Wonka, Jr.,” the Academy of Music
Theatre is expanding its slate of programming for the community’s youngest
members.

The calendar for the next several months reflects opportunities for youngsters to be
delighted by productions on screen and on stage at the downtown historic theatre.

On screen, the selection includes; “Kids Best Fest,” throughout February vacation
week – including “The Eric Carle Museum’s Picture Book Art Day,” February 21-25.

On stage, “Three Cups of Tea,” February 8; “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical,”
March 4, and a cast of youths’ ages 7 to 14 will perform “Willy Wonka Jr.,” March 11.
And, puppeteers and marionette artists will perform the timeless tales “Jack in the
Beanstalk,” April 19; “Sleeping Beauty,” April 20; and “Pinocchio,” April 21.

In many cases, the Academy of Music is offering special rates for youth and
their chaperones. The recommended ages for each production are listed on the
Academy’s online calendar.

In addition, this summer the Academy of Music will again offer four weeks of
musical theatre training, in separate two-week sessions geared to ages 7 to 11, and
11 to 14.

“This program is designed to nurture each child’s self-esteem and to foster
self-discipline, arts appreciation, creative thinking, trust and teamwork,” said
Debra J’Anthony, executive director of the Academy. “We provide a supportive
environment that encourages participants to have the confidence to try new things
and to believe in their own abilities as they express their talents and have fun on
stage.”

About “Knuffle Bunny – A Cautionary Musical”
Friday, March 4, 7 p.m.
$12, General Admission; $10, Children under 12. Box Office fees may apply

It sounds so simple, just a quick trip to the Laundromat with Daddy, Trixie, and
her beloved Knuffle Bunny. But, before you know it things go horribly, hilariously
wrong. Chock full of adventure, song, and gigantic dancing laundry, Knuffle Bunny: A

Cautionary Musical tells a tale of family, best friends, baby steps, and memories that
last a lifetime. Based on his beloved Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, six-time
Emmy Award winner Mo Willems joins Grammy Award–winning composer Michael
Silversher to lovingly celebrate the heart and heartache that can only come from
a family visit to the local Laundromat. A Kennedy Center production. Mo Willems
will be available to answer questions. One hour. Appropriate for young children and
their families.