By Kathy L. Collins

Center Place of Brandon is offering a lineup of live theatre for the remainder of the 2016-2016 season geared toward children three years and older and their families. Tickets for the shows are $6 for Center Place members; $7 for non-members; and $6.50 for public schools, private schools and daycares (schools). Advanced tickets/reservations are required.

First up is Emperor’s New Clothes by Stages Productions on Wednesday, January 20, Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Shows for the general public will take place at 10:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, January 22.

In February, it will present Animal Stories of the Amazon Rainforest By Katie Adams and Make Believe Theatre. There will be shows on Wednesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 4 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. The public can see the show on Thursday, February 4 at 10:15 a.m.

On Tuesday, March 1 guests can enjoy Are You My Mother? by ArtsPower at 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. for schools. The public is invited to the 10:15 a.m. show.

May will bring The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley by Stages Productions on Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. The public is invited to attend the show on Wednesday, May 18 at 10:15 a.m.

Dawn Galia, executive director of Center Place, said, “We believe that all of the arts are an important part of a child’s life. We believe that the whole community benefits from exposing our young people to the world of fine arts. There are so many ways to become involved in the arts, theater is just one of them. Some children never attend a live theater presentation, and this gives them the opportunity to see something that is amazing, and it is an up close and personal experience.”

There are ways the community can help to ensure children continue to have this opportunity.

“We are always looking for children’s theater sponsors. Some of our sponsors are Kohl’s and Macy’s. If a business would like to be a children’s theater sponsor, they can just call the office. It is also tax deductible, as we are a 501(c)(3) organization,” said Galia.

For more information on Center Place’s theatre, call 685-8888 or visit www.centerplacebrandon.org.