Alliance Theater is Pleased to Present its TODDLER TAKEOVER AND PRE-K PLAYFEST



Speakeysie News Desk 5/9/2021

TLANTA, April 27, 2021 — The Alliance Theatre is pleased to announce the 2021 Toddler Takeover & Pre-K Playfest as a virtual streaming experience May 10 – 16, 2021.  This one-of-a-kind virtual arts festival features productions from all over the world that are developed specifically for children who are newborn through 5 years old.  Audiences will have the chance to watch, listen, sing, play, and create with activity guides, audio adventures, and virtual workshops to go along with each production, all from their own home.  The festival includes filmed productions by South Korea’s Brush Theatre, Canada’s WeeFestival of Arts & Culture for Early Years, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre’s Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young, and the Alliance’s family concerts.  Toddler Takeover is on sale now at

Pre-K Classrooms are also invited to stream Toddler Takeover & Pre-K Playfest with group pricing options.  Teachers and administrators can reach out to for details.


When you purchase a $10 pass to Toddler Takeover & Pre-K Playfest, you will have access to all shows and extra content from May 10 – 16, 2021. 


Images from this year’s productions are available for download here –


Doodle POP

By Brush Theatre, South Korea
Music by Jinsuk HAHM

Directed by Yongkyun YEOM
A mischievous duo starts to doodle… and ends up creating a whole imaginative world! They invite us along on their sea adventure with a tiny little turtle. What will happen as we follow their vivid drawings into this beautiful watery world, and will they return the turtle to the sea safely? This touching and playful non-verbal show uses live musicians who perform the accompanying score and sound effects, stunning interactive animation projections and live whiteboard drawings, and an abundance of theatrical imagination.

Includes recorded performance, activity guide, and video-based workshop.

Old Man and the River
Presented by WeeFestival of Arts & Culture for Early Years, Canada

Created by Lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones
Inspired by the story by Thomas Morgan Jones
Concept, Dramaturgy and Direction by Lynda Hill
Original Design by Kelly Wolf
Original Music by Nicky Phillips

A grumpy little old man lives in his little house in the woods by the river. Every day is the same and he likes it this way – until one day, a magical creature leaps into his world and everything changes! This beautifully designed puppetry work performed without words to an enchanting musical score, reveals a storybook world where rivers sing, trees laugh, and curious dragonflies come to visit. With its themes of friendship, communication, play, and adjusting to change, Old Man and the River is perfect for the youngest theatregoer.  Old Man and the River was developed and premiered by Theatre Direct as part of the 2014 WeeFestival of Arts & Culture for Early Years. Since then, it has performed for thousands of children and their families in Toronto, throughout Ontario and across Canada.

Includes recorded performance, activity guide, and video-based workshop.

Alliance Theatre Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young

In My Granny’s Garden
Directed by Rosemary Newcott
Inspired by In My Granny’s Garden written by Pearl Cleage & Zaron Burnett Jr. and illustrated by Radcliffe Bailey

Inspired by Pearl Cleage and Zaron Burnett Jr.’s children’s book of the same name, In My Granny’s Garden invites the youngest audiences to explore the glory of growing your own food. Watch a tiny seed become a field of corn, green beans, collard greens, and bright red tomatoes. Step into a visual feast inspired by world renowned artist Radcliffe Bailey’s original paintings, and discover the one superpower that fuels Granny’s garden. This streaming play promises to leave you nourished in body and soul. 

Includes recorded performance, 3 audio episodes, 6 garden concerts, cast album, 3 meditative moments, and activity guide.

(Knock, Knock) the Sounds of Winter
Written & Directed by Samantha Provenzano and Olivia Aston Bosworth
Original music and Sound Design by Multiband Studios

Come in from out of the cold and celebrate community, family, and warmth! Welcome to The Apartment Building. Below us, above us, and beside us, the residents are preparing and trying to stay warm. Join us on a floor to floor adventure, meeting and celebrating with a variety of friends who all call The Apartment Building home. Surprises hide behind each door — all you need to do is (Knock, Knock) and listen closely.

Includes 4 video episodes, 4 audio episodes, and activity guide.

Sounds of the West End
Conceived and Directed by Ameenah Kapla
Inspired by In the West End written by Will Power and illustrated by R. Gregory ChristieOriginal Compositions by Eugene H. Russell IV, Okorie “OKCello” Johnson, and Akumba Bynum-RobersonTheme Music and Sound Design by Multiband Studios

Inspired by the children’s book In the West End by Will Power and R. Gregory Christie, this aural adventure will immerse you in the sounds of Atlanta’s historic West End neighborhood. From the talk on the sidewalks to the whoosh of the MARTA trains, join us for a rhythmic and tasty trip through the epicenter of vegan cooking in Atlanta. 

Includes 4 video episodes, 6 audio tracks, activity guide, and Google Earth experience.

Alliance Theatre Family Concerts

Songs to Grow On

A Woody Guthrie concert for children! – A family friendly concert event featuring American folk music legend Woody Guthrie’s classic children’s songs. Drawn primarily from Guthrie’s iconic album Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child, this cycle of songs captures the whimsy, joy, and wonder of childhood in three chords & a whole lot of fun. Join Woody and his dog Arlo as they serenade Atlanta families with songs that celebrate the human spirit. 

Includes recorded performance and activity guide.

Beautiful Blackbird Live!

Featuring original music composed by Eugene H. Russell IV and inspired by Ashley Bryan’s children’s book Beautiful Blackbird this family friendly concert will have you on your feet celebrating the uniqueness of each and every one of us. Shake your tailfeathers and dance to the music! 

Includes recorded performance, activity guide, animated short, and cast album.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Music for the Very Young: Meet the Voice

Learn from a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus how to warm up your body, mind, and voice to sound your best!  Join in fun vocal exercises and even a few yoga poses to get ready for singing.  Fun for all ages!



May 10 – 16, 2021

Toddler Takeover takes over the internet! For one week this spring, children who are newborn through 5 years old will experience a one-of-a-kind virtual arts festival featuring productions from around the world. Watch, listen, sing, play, and create with activity guides, audio adventures, and virtual workshops to go along with each production.  All-access passes are only $10.  Learn more and register at


Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theater in the Southeast, reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually.  Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance received the Regional Theatre Tony Award® for sustained excellence in programming, education, and community engagement.  In January 2019, the Alliance will open its new, state-of-the-art performance space, The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre.  Known for its high artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works, the Alliance has premiered more than 110 productions including nine that have transferred to Broadway.  The Alliance education department reaches 90,000 students annually through performances, classes, camps, and in-school initiatives designed to support teachers and enhance student learning.  The Alliance Theatre values community, curiosity, collaboration, and excellence, and is dedicated to representing Atlanta’s diverse community with the stories we tell, the artists, staff, and leadership we employ, and audiences we serve.

Kathleen Covington​Associate Director of Marketing & CommunicationsAlliance Theatre
Tony Award recipient for Regional Theatre
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