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Check out the 2024-25 Season Shows

This classic, age old tale comes to the Paramount Abilene theater stage filled with song, audience participation along with fabulous stage sets and costumes that the Panto Company USA is internationally known for!

It’s a story of a young girl who has been said to be able to spin straw into gold, a greedy king who locks her up until she does and a strange magical little man called “Rumpelstiltskin” who appears and promises to spin the straw in return for her jewelry. The journey continues through many adventures, twists and turns that make this unforgettable story so exciting and engaging for the whole family.

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A PANTO production
of 

Rumpelstiltskin
Sunday, November 3, 2024
2:00 p.m.

 

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TheatreWorksUSA production
of

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus:
The Musical!

Sunday, February 2, 2025
2:00 p.m.

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Whatever you do, don't let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! With a script written by Mo Willems, the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling, Caldecott Honor award-winning "Pigeon" picture books, and featuring music by Deborah Wicks La Puma (Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!), TheaterWorksUSA‘s Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! is even more fun than staying up late and having a hot dog party!

 

It's not easy being the Pigeon-you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Featuring an innovative mix of songs, and feathers, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! is sure to get everyone's wings flapping.

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A Year with Frog and Toad, TYA
Music by ROBERT REALE Books, Lyrics by WILLE REALE
Based on the book by ARNOLD LOBEL
Produced by Wishing Star Productions, LLC

Sunday, April 13, 2025
2:00 p.m. 

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Based on Arnold Lobel's beloved children’s books and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score by Robert and Willie Reale that bubbles with melody and wit, the show is an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting experience for the whole family. 


This whimsical musical follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad -- through four, fun-filled seasons, meeting new friends like Man Bird and Lady Bird; Father, Mother and Young Frog; Turtle; Squirrel and many more along the way. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

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mEET OUR
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dawn Ripple

"CPAS continues to play an important role in fostering a love of the arts among Abilene's young people. I am honored to serve this organization as we strive to provide a variety of live stage experiences that encourage a lifelong passion for the performing arts. With the help of grants and sponsorships, CPAS is able to provide quality, professional children's theater at an affordable price. I look forward to sharing all of our events with you this season!"

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*Upon attending the show, you voluntarily assume all risks associated with exposure to COVID-19 or other illnesses, and agree not to hold the Children's Performing Arts Series, the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors or volunteers liable for any illness or injury. 

*Using recording devices and cameras is strictly prohibited. No description, account, picture, or reproduction of the event, performance, or exhibition may be transmitted or assisted in transmitting. In case of any display, transmission, or reproduction of the event, you consent to your image or likeness, as well as any image or likeness of minors accompanying you, being used. 

*If the show is canceled with no rescheduled date, a different, substitute show may be scheduled at a later date or a refund may be issued at the discretion of the management.

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