Theatre for Young Audiences



Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) plays a key role in Slidell Little Theatre’s mission statement “…to educate…” and was created to introduce and engage young audiences in live theatre. TYA is a branch of theatre arts that encompasses all forms of theatre that are attended by or created for younger audiences. SLT participates in the internationally recognized program. At SLT, it focuses on many different forms of theatre methods and expressions, explores a wide variety of themes and life lessons, provides an educational experience, and is entertainment-centered. It brings to life favorite story book characters.


 SLT has designed the program as a venue for elementary school field trips and as a family event. We provide two shows during the theatre season, one in the Fall using a show from local play writes, and one in the Spring featuring popular children’s characters. The shows are geared for elementary age children offering fun events like “Pajama Night” for the Saturday evening performance. Some of our past shows are Boxcar Children, A Year with Frog and Toad, Knuffle Bunny, Miss Nelson is Missing, Cinderella Bastitella, How to Become a Pirate, to name a few.


For the 2019-2020 Season, we are offering:


"James and The Giant Peach"

Book By: Roald Dah

Adapted by: David Wood

Production Dates: November 8, 2019 thru November 17, 2019


The story of Roald Dahl’s classic tale is faithfully told by James himself and the insect characters – Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird, and Earthworm. The play begins at the end of the story, when James and his friends are living in the giant peach stone in Central Park, New York. A tour guide brings a party of tourists (the audience) to see this major attraction, and James and his friends tell the story of how they came to live in New York. The insects play the other roles, like James’s cruel Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, and the epic journey across the Atlantic is acted out with live action, puppetry and storytelling in David Wood's masterful adaptation.




"The Reluctant Dragon"

Books by: Kenneth Grahame

Adapted by: Mary Hall Surface

Production Dates: February 2, 2020 thru February 15, 2020
This adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame classic was nationally successful in its original productions. It is a charming tale of an unlikely friendship. The village of Guildermere blames the dragon who lives upon the downs for their dying crops and sour milk. But this dragon is a peace-loving, poetry-spouting fellow who would much prefer a cup of tea to a battle. When Saint George arrives, the dragon and his young friend, Glaston, face quite a challenge indeed. While true to the spirit and language of the charming original, this adaptation embraces the dramatic power of what happens when misunderstanding escalates into prejudice and violence. An enormous success in its original productions. Music in book.

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