PBS KIDS is launching its first ever live stage show. The PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure show will be a live-action theatrical experience designed to support science, technology, engineering, arts and math- based learning, offers families a live-action musical along with a pre-show lobby experience, including augmented reality games, hands-on activities and meet and greets with favorite PBS KIDS characters. The tour will be presented by Zappos Adaptive.
The U.S. tour kicks off on Jan. 12 in Westbury, New York and will head to more than 100 cities, including Atlanta, Indianapolis and Detroit.
“We’re always seeking ways to engage children through new venues for learning and are thrilled to announce a live tour performance that will do just that,” said Dawn Ciccone, vp, brand licensing, PBS in a release. “The PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure will offer a new way to extend PBS KIDS’ educational goals, creating a live multimedia experience that takes children and their families on an exciting journey together.”
PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure follows the story of three kids crossing their backyard to attend a friend’s birthday party. It becomes an unexpected adventure when the group gets shrunk to the size of grasshoppers.
PBS KIDS has teamed up with Biba, the pioneer of the smart playground movement, to build an augmented reality app that transforms the theatre lobby into an immersive PBS KIDS world, giving families the opportunity to play and explore together. With the app, parents take the helm and guide their children through an interactive social scavenger hunt in search of the key to a virtual bug garden. The experience combines imagination, collaboration and technology to promote healthy play that can be extended to any local playground after the show.
PBS KIDS is collaborating with Gershwin Entertainment Corporation to produce the PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure. Gershwin Entertainment has developed and produced successful theatrical productions, concerts and tours for numerous iconic brands. The stage show is written and directed by Marshall Pailet.