About PlayTime Productions
As one of Wisconsin’s only all-children theatre companies, PlayTime Productions provides a unique experiential learning opportunity for youth aged 8-18. Each production features a cast of approximately 25 children. For many youth, PlayTime Productions provides their first experience as part of a theatrical ensemble. Since its humble beginnings in a park in 1979, nearly 1500 children have participated in more than 60 original productions learning valuable life lessons both onstage and off that shape and strengthen their futures, self esteem, and friendships.
Each year PlayTime Productions shares the magic of theatre with about 4,000 young children and families from throughout the Dane County area as the only local traveling theatre company of its kind. With about 16 community shows for each production, this vibrant and affordable theatre program makes the arts accessible to all by keeping admissions low. Many performances are free to the community. PlayTime Productions promotes a greater awareness and appreciation of the arts, inspiring audiences of all ages.
Under the lights on an open stage the magic of theatre makes everything possible. Keep the magic alive for the thousands of children and families who look forward to and enjoy PlayTime Productions’ wonderful performances each year. Your support enables PlayTime Productions to make this exceptional theatre accessible to children and families on-stage and off. Your contributions are integral in keeping the cost of tuition and admission low and providing scholarships so every child can share in the magic of this educational experience for many years to come.
“I remember the plays I saw when I was growing up… nothing compared to what happened in a dark theater with the music, lights, and real actors. Everyone needs a little magic in their lives.”
founder of PlayTime Productions
Kathy Van Abel
Board of Directors
Samara Kalk Derby
Dan Van Abel
Kathy Van Abel
Board Members Emeriti
David R. Johnsen
Mari Anne Lichtfeld