4-6 yrs.

Imagine Dr. King as a Child

photos-medleyphoto-4364389Can you picture it? A young boy in Atlanta, wide-eyed and full of hope. Martin was part of a family, just like you and me. He was someone’s son He was someone’s student.

In honor of Dr. King’s special day, I want to remember him as a child and PLAY! Looking for a way for your family to honor his legacy today? Here are three ideas from the Alliance Theatre to get you started:

  1. READ. Pour yourself into a book on Dr. King and ask questions about the times in which he became the hero we respect today. Our favorite children’s books about Dr. King include:


The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore, Illustrated by Amy Wummer

This board book features minimal words introducing toddlers and preschool aged children to the life of Dr. King. We love this version as it points out the opposite lives African-American and Caucasian children lived in Martin’s day. Talk with your family about some differences you see in your community between people of any background.


We March by Shane W. Evans

How incredibly simple and elegant is this book? In our current political climate, the media is saturated with stories of marching. This book chronicles the civil rights movement’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom from waking up when its still dark outside, to Dr. King’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial. This book is accessible for very young children. Talk with your family about fairness, and what a peaceful protest is.


Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and named Best Illustrated Children’s Book 2001 by The New York Times, this book is essential in your conversations about Dr. King’s life. This book is intense, powerful and absolutely stunning with its’ use of collage. Recommended for elementary aged children.

2. SEE. On view through March 12, 2017 at the High Museum of Art, five photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life are displayed in the Greene Family Learning Gallery. Pay close attention to the photo of him with his family.


Today at the Woodruff Arts Center at 2:30 p.m., teenagers and young adults from the Palefsky Collision Project present Dear Dr. King, a reading of their work celebrating Dr. King’s life and a hopeful view of the future. Tickets are free. For more information, click here.


3. PLAY. As a boy, Martin wanted to be many things before he became the icon he is today. In a TIME article about his early years, it was said Martin wanted to be a fireman, then a doctor, then a lawyer, and finally a minister. Does this sound familiar?

With your family, discuss what they want to be when they grow up and take turns acting out these jobs for each other. Turn your sofa into a boat for future sailors. Imagine your backyard is a jungle for future explorers. Pull out old sheets and hats and get to designing the next en vogue ensemble with your future fashion designer.

You have all you need to become anything you want to be. Its located above your shoulders in that brilliant brain!





Play the Play with Cat the Cat is BACK!

Michelle Pokopac and J.L. Reed in Play the Play with Cat the Cat. Photo by Greg Mooney.

Hey  you the you’s!

The Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young is proud to bring back the ever popular Play the Play with Cat the Cat this winter.

PURCHASE TICKETS: January 10 – February 19, 2017

Michelle Pokopac in Play the Play with Cat the Cat. Photo by Greg Mooney.

Based on Mo Willems’ beloved CAT the CAT series, this play explores the often terrifying experience of making a new friend. Using the rhyming and simple language of the books, this theatrical experience will invite our young audience to identify Cat the Cat’s parade of animal friends, mimic their animal sounds, and even learn a new language! Written and Directed by Scott Warren.

PPCC _D6X8647.jpg
Michelle Pokopac and Kelly Criss Felton in Play the Play with Cat the Cat. Photo by Greg Mooney.

When Cat the Cat meets a newcomer on the scene, the audience shares in the nerves and the joy of the experience, and ultimately makes a room full of new friends themselves. Back by popular demand following its world premiere last season, come play the play with Cat the Cat!

From Head to Toe Performances ADDED!

Back by popular demand, From Head to Toe returns to the Steve Selig Black Box Theater for one weekend only!

Andrea Washington, Matt Baum, Corinne Weintraub and Okorie Johnson in From Head to Toe. Photo by Alphonso Whitfield.

January 5th – 7th, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. For tickets, visit 

Free performances* will be featured as a part of the CreateATL Free Family Festival on January 8th. For more information, click here.

Andrea Washington and Matt Baum in From Head to Toe. Photo by Alphonso Whitfield.

Inspired by Eric Carle’s beloved book of the same name, From Head to Toe invites the youngest audience members to think, observe, and move like their favorite animals.  This interactive theatrical experience will allow the toddlers to help “create” the animals in the book, bring them to life, and mimic their movement in a playful retelling of the classic story.  Featuring a scenic design that mirrors the wonder of Carle’s illustrations and interactive yoga-inspired animal movement, this play moves from “Can you do it?” to “I can do it!”  to “We can do it!”  From Head to Toe is presented in conjunction with the High Museum of Art exhibition I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle.


*limited availability for performances on January 8th. To reserve your ticket, visit the Professional Learning Classroom no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the performance and speak with the House Manager. All patrons must be registered for the free family festival in order to attend January 8th performances. Tickets are first come, first served. The entire party must be present at the time of the reservation.

Create a free website or blog at

Up ↑