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Ogres, Zombies, Freckles and Touchdowns fill the WST for Kids' 2015-2016 Season!

April 14, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PA: Celebrated for its commitment to encouraging parents (and grandparents) to read and learn with their kids, the Walnut Street Theatre for Kids 2015-2016 Season will feature four great musicals based on popular children’s books, along with a family-favorite holiday classic. These hour-long musicals deliver real-life lessons in a welcoming, kid-friendly environment that’s both creative and affordable. They’re written especially for kids in grades K-6 and their grown-up friends. The Walnut takes pride in bringing families together through reading, learning and the arts.

The 2015-2016 Walnut Street Theatre for Kids Season will feature four spectacular musicals including SHREK THE MUSICAL Jr. (October 3 - October 24), ZOMBIE IN LOVE (February 4 – February 13), FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY THE MUSICAL (March 31 – April 16), MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY (June 3 – June 5) and Philadelphia’s favorite holiday tradition, Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL (November 28 – December 20).

The season begins with a trip to a faraway kingdom for SHREK THE MUSICAL JR.! Shrek the ogre is content to live alone in his swamp – until a bunch of fairy tale misfits arrive. In this hilarious musical adventure, he teams up with a wise-cracking donkey to save a feisty princess and a crew of fairy tale creatures. Based on the Oscar-winning film, audiences will enjoy SHREK THE MUSICAL JR. Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 11:00 am, and Sunday, October 4 at 11:00 am.

Up next is ZOMBIE IN LOVE. All Mortimer the zombie wants is to find a date to Cupid’s Ball, but all of the girls are totally grossed out by him. Will Mort find someone who likes him just the way he is? Audiences will fall in love with this sidesplitting yet touching musical that’s perfect for the entire family Saturday, February 6 at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm, and Sunday, February 13 at 11:00 am.

Then, FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY THE MUSICAL takes the stage. Strawberry is a regular little girl who loves being seven. But, she doesn’t love when her friends tease her about her freckles. Through singing, dancing, and a story of friendship, kids discover that you can have big ears or freckles – we’re all different. The lovable characters and songs will fill the Walnut Street Theatre Saturday, April 2 at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm, and Sunday, April 3 at 11:00 am.

Finally, MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY will have audience cheering for the home team. The Smedley Tornadoes are the worst football team ever. They seem hopeless... until Miss Viola Swamp, the meanest substitute teacher in the whole wide world, shows up. She’ll teach the kids that teamwork and determination is all they need to win in this fun-filled musical Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm, and Sunday, June 5 at 11:00 am.

WST for Kids Season subscriptions are priced so that any family can attend these enjoyable productions at an affordable cost. A subscription to the four-show series only costs $36 ($9 per show) in the Upper Mezzanine and $42 ($10.50 per show) in the Orchestra or Front Mezzanine. Subscriptions are on sale now. Performance times are Saturdays at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm and Sundays at 11 am. Call 215-574-3550, ext. 6 for subscriptions. Single tickets are just $14-$16 and go on sale August 16, 2015.

Special Holiday Attraction – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Walnut Street Theatre is proud to present Philadelphia’s favorite holiday tradition, Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL at 10:30 am on December 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18; and 11 am on November 28 and December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20. This musical adaptation follows the heartwarming journey of the bitter, old Ebenezer Scrooge on one remarkable Christmas Eve. With the help of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, old Ebenezer discovers what it truly means to be merry. Great for kids K-9th, this hour-long adaptation uses original and traditional carols to highlight Dickens’ powerful story. Single Tickets are $14-$16 and are on sale in mid-August. For tickets, please call the Walnut Street Theatre at 215-574-3550 or visit for more information.