Buffalo’s Theatre of Youth Announces Lineup for 48th Season!

September 6, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Theatre of Youth (TOY) is proud to present its 48th Season with five productions based on popular children’s books including a holiday musical! Public performances are held Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the historic Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen Street, downtown Buffalo. Flex subscriptions and single tickets, starting at $15, are on sale now. For more information including specific performance times, please visit www.theatreofyouth.org or contact the Box Office at 716-884-4400, ext. 304.

Theatre of Youth is Western New York’s only professional theatre of adult actors dedicated to performing for young audiences. The 2019-2020 theatre season marks TOY’s 48th year!

Both the young and young at heart have wondrous experiences at Theatre of Youth. Artistic Director Meg Quinn sums it up best. “Young people find the world to be fascinating, scary, confusing and hilarious! We tell stories that comfort and empower them as they grow and learn about themselves and the world around them.” This will mark Quinn’s 28th year as Artistic Director.

The 2019-20 Season at TOY:

PETE THE CAT – A NEW MUSICAL October 12 – 27, 2019
Recommended ages: 4+
Based on PETE THE CAT series of books by KIMBERLY and JAMES DEAN
Music by WILL ARONSON. Book and Lyrics by SARAH HAMMOND
PETE THE CAT was originally commissioned, developed and produced in New York City by TheaterWorks USA.
The ever cool, guitar-playing Pete the Cat gets caught for disturbing the peace and is sentenced to live with the Biddle family to learn some manners. However, the groovy blue cat creates distractions for the super organized, second-grader Jimmy Biddle. When Jimmy draws a blank on a school art project; it turns out Pete is the perfect pal to help him out! Join Jimmy and Pete as they embark on a wild adventure of artistic inspiration, friendship, and creative confidence.

Recommended ages: 5+
Book by ROBERT KAUZLARIC. Music and Lyrics by GEORGE HOWE.

Nothing brightens the dull days of winter like a troupe of tap-dancing penguins! Based on the unforgettable classic, Mr. Popper’s Penguins tells the warm-hearted tale of Mr. Popper, a man who dreams of becoming an Antarctic explorer. But when he receives a gift of a real live penguin, the Antarctic comes to his house and he soon has an entire family of little penguins! How will he support his new family? Join TOY this holiday season to find out in this exuberant musical treat!

MISS NELSON IS MISSING January 25 – February 9, 2020
Recommended ages: 6+
Music, Book and Lyrics by JOAN CUSHING. Based on the book “Miss Nelson is Missing” and “Miss Nelson is Back” by HARRY ALLARD. Illustrated by JAMES MARSHALL.

Spitballs flying across the room, paper airplanes sailing every which way and uncontrollable children send the nice, gentle, long-suffering teacher, Miss Nelson, over the edge. But the students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson is suddenly missing and is replaced by Miss Viola Swamp, an awful, super-scary, meanest–substitute-teacher-ever who assigns a horrendous load of homework and wields her ruler like a sword! In desperation, the students set out to find their beloved Miss Nelson….but will they get her back before it’s too late – for them?!

THE OUTSIDERS March 14 – April 5, 2020
Recommended ages: 12+
Adapted by CHRISTOPHER SERGEL. From the book by S.E. HINTON. Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois.
The Outsiders is a searing story of real kids in real situations with real consequences seen through the eyes of young Ponyboy. Territorial battles between the have-it-made rich kids — the Socs — and Ponyboy’s tough, underprivileged “greaser” family and friends are just a part of life. But even in the midst of urban gang warfare, somehow Ponyboy can’t forget a short poem that speaks to their fragile young lives. This heroic story of belonging, friendship, and maintaining hope in the face of struggle is a powerful reminder of what young people encounter every day.

GO, DOG, GO! A MUSICAL May 9 – June 6, 2020
Recommended ages: 4+
Adapted from the book “Go, Dog, Go!” by P.D. EASTMAN.
Published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Copyright © 1961 by P.D. EASTMAN. Copyright © renewed 1989 by MARY L. EASTMAN. All rights reserved.
Music composed by MICHAEL KOERNER. “Do You Like My Hat?” Lyrics by MICHAEL KOERNER.
Produced by Special Arrangement by Plays For Young Audiences.

Get in gear with GO, DOG, GO! These playful pups delve into life with gusto, creating a visual spectacle for the audience to feast upon. They drive in cars. They sing and dance. They climb trees. They snorkel. They howl at the moon, and even ride a Ferris wheel! Authors Gregory and Dietz play inside the classic story to explore the buckets of bliss, wonder, longing and discovery. One and all will enjoy this big little musical world of rollicking doggy fun!

As part of the TOY experience, families will also enjoy a Talk-Back and photos with the cast after all performances. In addition, TOY offers Sensory-Friendly Performances. Please visit the website for a schedule of these performances.

Year-round theatre workshops are now offered for grades K-12. In this supportive environment, young people learn to develop creative confidence; creative thinking skills practiced through theatre and drama are transferable to everyday life.

Sponsors in the 2019-20 Season are: Wegmans (Season), Independent Health (Wellness Series), Hamister Family Foundation (Education), The Buffalo News (Media) and National Fuel (Sensory). Additional support is received by the City of Buffalo, Erie County, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Cullen Foundation.

Titles, dates and times subject to change.


About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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