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The Network is pleased to offer activities for children and families. From pancake breakfasts with popular children’s book characters to performances of popular children’s plays and musicals, the Network provides opportunities for younger patrons to experience theatre and hopefully make a connection with art.

Children’s Spring Theatre


On May 21-22, 2015, the Network will present If You Give a Pig a Pancake, another adaptation by James Bowen and John Manfredi based on another of Laura Numeroff’s hit children’s books.

Tickets are on sale now! Showtimes: 10am and 12pm on May 21 and 10am on May 22. $15 per ticket; group options available.

If you give a pig a pancake, she’ll want syrup to go with it. If you give her some of your favorite syrup, she’ll probably get all sticky and will want to take a bath… This children’s favorite tells the tale of a little girl who tries to keep up with the demands of a bossy little pig.


Past spring productions include children’s favorite If You Give a Mouse a Cookie based on the book by Laura Numeroff and starring Eric Eilersen and Sarah McEneaney.

Summer Star Camp

Just Announced July 18-31, 2016!

Perform with professional actors on stage at Performance Network! Professional theatre training for the aspiring student! Ages 8-18 years old. Camp students will have classes in core theatre arts curriculum including acting, movement, and voice and rehearse alongside our faculty of professional actors under the direction of award-winning artists John Manfredi and Suzi Regan among others. Additional Master Classes will include Stage Combat, Improvisation, Acting for the Camera and Technical Design.

  • $700 for two weeks and a weekend of performances
  • Reservations can be made for 20% down ($140)
  • Scholarships available for students demonstrating financial need
  • 8-9am early arrival and 4-5pm late dismissal available for additional cost
  • 20 slots available

The 2015 production was Untangled: The True Story of Rapunzel

School Stage Season

Our 2015-2016 School Stage Season is ready! We are passionate about sharing quality professional live theatre with kids of all ages- at your place or ours. Give us a call and let’s talk about the possibilities. Contact Suzi Regan at (734) 663-0681 ext. 108 or


We come to you. This is a wonderfully humorous, story telling look at Mr. Twain’s work through the eyes of Huck Finn. It includes stories from both “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn.” This show was developed over 30 years ago by Wayne David Parker and has toured nationally


We come to you. A musical journey through which we get a glimpse of a day in the life of a bully, and discover that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and kindness starts at home.


Artist/Teachers come to you. This can be done in one afternoon or can be spread out over a few weeks or even a semester.

  • Part I: We introduce the principles of play and story writing…who, what, where and problem to solve. Students write stories.
  • Part II: Students read stories aloud and a determined number of stories are chosen to stage. Students are divided into groups and roles are assigned.
  • Part III: Students stage, rehearse and perform these stories that are narrated by an artist/teacher as students use improvisation to act out the story.


You come to us. Othello is the greatest soldier of his age. A general, a leader of men and fearsome defender of Venice against its enemies. But his success has created enemies, those that consider him an outsider and are driven by ignorance and jealousy. This new telling of Shakespeare’s tragedy adapted by Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s playwright in residence, James Bowen, and the Network’s Executive Director, John Manfredi, travels through time as it explores the universal themes of love, pride and prejudice. Daytime weekday matinees available for school groups. Talk back with artists and supplemental materials provided.


You come to us. There are 11am matinees on Thursdays or we can adjust to your scheduling needs.

  • Dickens: An A Capella Carol (3-12th grade)
  • Why Not Me? A Sammy Davis Jr. Story (6-12th grade)


Artist/Teachers come to you. This can be done in one afternoon or over several weeks.

  • Part I: We introduce the principles of the playwright…dialogue, plot, character development, etc. Students write first draft of 10 page play.
  • Part II: Students read plays aloud. Artist/teacher and student feedback is given. Students are asked to write a second draft.
  • Part III: Students rehearse a staged reading of the plays and perform for each other or for the entire school. These plays will also get a reading at the Performance Network as an event in the February Play Festival.
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