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Theatre for Young Audiences

About the program:
Each spring, Fresno State students enroll in a course to bring children's theatre productions to elementary and middle schools throughout the San Joaquin Valley. This touring company of student actors has been a tradition at Fresno State for over 50 years, and have toured more than 40 schools and over 16,000 children in a single season.

2018 Tour:


About The Play:

Wondrous Tales of Old Japan is a collection of amazing Japanese folk tales including worlds where ogres clash with heroes who are born from giant peaches, fishermen fall in love with dragon princesses, and magical dogs that reincarnate. The tales include Momotaro: The Peach Boy, Urashimataro: The Enchanted Fisherman, Yuki Onna: The Snow Woman, and Hanasaka Jiji: The Old Man That Made the Trees Bloom. The play will be presented in the style of Kabuki Theatre, a traditional Japanese popular drama with singing and dancing performed in a highly stylized manner. A rich blend of music, dance, mime, and spectacular staging and costuming.

How to bring Theatre for Young Audiences to your school:
Complete the request form and staff will begin discussions and planning to bring the touring group to your school - Click here to request a performance at your school.

(Note: Fresno State Faculty/Staff can also request Theatre for Young Audiences to come to their classroom.)

Financial Assistance:
Through our Adopt-a-School Program donors can make contributions to held reduce costs for the program, and can identify specific schools they wish to donate to help bring Theatre for Young Audiences to their community.

Tuesday and Thursday mornings. February 27 - May 8, 2018

On campus on Thursday and Friday, April 19 & 20, 2018

$300.00 for 1 performance
$200.00 for each additional performance on the same day 
(Note: For On Campus Performances costs are $5.00 single tickets or $3.00/person for groups of 20 or more)

Audience Size:
Maximum audience size for a performance is 300 people.
If the maximum number is exceeded the school will be billed for additional performances.

All payments are expected 30 days before the performance. 
Nonpayment may result in cancellation of performances.
No refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased for on campus performance.

Technical Information:
Performances last between 50 and 60 minutes and we require no less than 20 minutes to reset the production between performances.
Times requested must be at least one hour and twenty minutes apart.
Access to the performance space 45 minutes prior to the first performance.
An interior performance space at least 14’ x 14’ with audience space for up to 300 people.
Access to: 2 grounded electrical outlets & a private place for costume change.

Free Public Performances:
Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at 11:00am & 2pm in the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre (located in Speech Arts Building)
Free Admission. First come, first served. No tickets, No reservations.