Welcome to the Festival
May 3, 2017
Is there a more thrilling feeling than the curtain opening up when a show begins? If you’re reading this, it’s probably because the EQT Children’s Theater Festival caught your attention and you want to know more. As the 2017 Festival approaches, we want to make sure everyone knows that it will be a safe, easy, and successful endeavor. Use this post as a guide to answer your questions about the Festival.
TRAVEL + PARKING
The first matter of importance is getting to the Festival. Whether you plan to drive or utilize public transportation, we always suggest planning ahead to ensure that your journey is as smooth as possible. You can let go of that dreaded question lingering in the back of your mind whenever you think of traveling downtown: “Where will I park?” We have you covered! Just call 412-456-6666 or visit the Box Office at Theater Square in advance to purchase one of our limited pre-paid parking vouchers for the Theater Square Parking Garage. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's award-winning real-time parking website, ParkPGH, shows you exactly how many of the 5,000 parking spots in the Cultural District are available, plus thousands more within a very short walk. Not too scary after all!
DIGITAL FOOTPRINT 2017
Next, check out our Festival’s digital footprint to see where the shows and activities are located so you can plan your day! The stars on the map distinguish the performance centers for each of our renowned international shows! As you stroll through the Cultural District you will come upon more than 40 free activities, public art, gallery installations, interactive art, outdoor pop-up performances, food trucks with a variety of tasty selections, and of course our Frog Stop Scavenger Hunt. There’s literally something for all ages to enjoy.
TICKETS AND PERFORMANCES, PLEASE!
If you haven’t purchased your tickets for the Festival featured performances yet, never fear. You can order them online, call us at 412-456-6666, or even purchase tickets for the performances at the Box Office at Theater Square when you arrive to the Festival.
If you’re worried about getting a babysitter for the wee ones, bring them to the Festival instead! We highly recommend seeing Pulse, a show that uses soft textures and lively games to invite infants and toddlers into a safe, positive, and friendly environment that will stimulate their sense of creativity and play. If you saw Peek at the 2016 EQT Children’s Theater Festival last year, you’ll be delighted to know the creators of that show are the masterminds behind Pulse as well. Many children may be familiar with the beloved and best-selling Elephant and Piggie children’s books by Mo Willems, and we are delighted to host Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play! In addition, we have Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters- An African Tale, Simple Gifts, and The Way Back Home for the older children, ages 3 and up. Finally, if that wasn’t enough to blow you off your feet, how would you like to build a city? Yes, a city made out of thousands of cardboard boxes and mazes, just waiting for imaginations of all ages to take over!
ACCESSIBILITY / SENSORY-FRIENDLY
We are committed to making the Festival accessible for all:
- Wheelchair-accessible restrooms will be located in Theater Square.
- Guide animals will be welcome in all Festival locations.
- ASL interpreters are available for performances upon advance request.
- A sensory-friendly performance of Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play! will be held on Saturday, May 20 at 1:30pm at the Byham Theater. This one-of-a-kind show will be adapted to serve the needs of guests on the Autism spectrum and mindful of their sensory sensitivities. Trained ushers and expert volunteers will be available on site in the theater to assist you. There will be no loud noises, bright lights, or abrupt surprises, and a comfort zone and fidgets are available at all times in the performance venue and during the performance. More information about this performance can be found on our Sensory-Friendly page.
For more questions about accessibility, or if you would like to request an ASL interpreter, please Contact Us.
If you’re still craving more knowledge about the Festival, please visit the PLAN YOUR VISIT section of the website. See you at the Festival later this month!