Theater for Families

Theater for Young Audiences

Theater for Young Audiences at the 14th Street Y

“Ever since I was a child, I can remember sitting in the theater, waiting as the lights go down for the magic to start. From the age of two our mother would schlep us to see new worlds and experience foreign types of movement, sounds and music.  She believed in exposing us to all parts of our imagination, building paths towards new unknowns.”

— Ronit Muszkatblit, Artistic Director for Arts + Culture + LABA

Here at the 14the street Y Theater, we also believe that all children should experience that magic, sit excitedly for unknowns, and meet new characters for their imagination to take into new worlds.  We want to create a platform that will enable artists to weave their magic for our kids. That is why we have started incubating and supporting a Theater for Young Audiences series,  this year we are launching this series with 5 new plays and events that will share the creative process with the children.

Let the magic begin we can’t wait to share it.

The Not-So-Spooky Ghost

THE NOT-SO-SPOOKY GHOST // theater for young adults

WonderSpark Puppets

Suitable for ages 3+

October 20 – 21, 27 – 28

Written and directed by Chad Williams

A timid ghost, his skeleton father and a mysterious scarecrow have lots of laughs in this all-ages show. The little ghost can’t scare a soul to please his Big Bad Dad, but help is on the way as the audience and some friends scare up some fun fright. Hand puppet show in a traditional puppet booth.


Fox Fables

FOX FABLES // theater for young audiences

WonderSpark Puppets

Suitable for ages 3-6

November 3 – 4
Written and directed by Chad Williams

This puppet adaptation of an Aesop’s Fable is about a fox who loses his precious tail and with it his identity. He tries to be several other animals instead–with hilarious results–before realizing the moral lesson of this ancient story.


Layer The Walls

LAYER THE WALLS // theater for young audiences

Ages 7+

November 7 – 11
Created by Liz Parker & Rachel Sullivan
Directed by Spica Wobbe

Set within a tenement that is about to be torn down and whose interior is plastered with 40 layers, this show uses masks, toy-theater techniques and puppets designed by Spica Wobbe to imagine the proud and perilous histories of the building’s Italian, Jewish and Irish occupants.



THE FANTASTICAL DANGEROUS JOURNEY OF Q // theater for young audiences

Ages 5+

Rebel Playhouse

December 1 – 16

Written by Ric Averill, music by Dax Dupuy, Directed & choreographed by Sarah Sutliff, Music direction by Christina Bottley

Q, an upper elementary student struggling with gender and identity issues, faces the daily difficulties of preoccupied parents, bullying peers, and communication with challenging teachers… but with a bag of tricks everyday objects grow and are endowed with powers that allow Q to face larger than life threats head on! This new hour long musical features song, dance, and puppetry.


Old Turtle

OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH // theater for young audiences

Rebel Playhouse

Ages 5+

May 4 – 19

Written by Catherine Bush, music by Dax Dupuy, Directed & choreographed by Sarah Sutliff, Based on the Children’s Book by Douglas Wood

In Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the villagers discover only half of the truth, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to search for the missing half. With the help of Old Turtle, and many animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth and make it whole again creating a better world for everyone.