Storybook Musical Theatre is a non-profit,tax-exempt [501 (c)(3)] professional theater under contract with Actors Equity Association; Theater for Young Audiences. The company founded in 1992 provides children of all backgrounds an opportunity to experience quality theater productions at affordable prices.
Our mission is the cultural enrichment and education of children and their families by introducing them to and developing a life-long appreciation for musical theater through original adaptations of folk tales, and children's literature.
In 1992, Storybook rented two small theater venues that seated audiences from 200 to 400 people. Since that time, the popularity of Storybook has grown and so has the size of the theaters. Each theater now holds over 400 people. The company is presently in residence at Gratz College Theater in Melrose Park just north of Philadelphia. There are 26 original musical adaptations, written by Artistic Director Patricia Goldberg with music and lyrics by either Kevin Arruda or Jeff Reim, in Storybook's repertoire of shows. Storybook takes every opportunity to:
produce high quality musical productions nurture children's imaginations and creative thinking skills
help build theater audiences of the future create a memorable family experience
make study guides available to educator's to help in their curricular endeavors
Along with our yearly productions, Storybook has undertaken an educational outreach program. Starting in 1995, Storybook created the outreach program called "Page to Stage". As part of this program, Artist/Teacher teams representing Storybook go out to schools and help bring the many aspects of theater to children in the elementary school setting. One of the goals is to stimulate reading, writing, and thinking skills. The program has been continuing at various school districts in the area. Storybook also does pre-show and teacher workshops. Many foundations now help support Storybook's Educational Outreach programs. In February 2011, Storybook initiated Theatre Classes for Children from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. We thank St. Peter's Church of Glenside for allowing Storybook to use their classroom space and stage. Storybook began its Educational Theater Initiative in 2015. Funds raised through this program help bring students from schools who may not have the opportunity to experience live theater due to monetary constraints. This program helps to defray some of the costs for students and enables Storybook to continue to fulfill its mission.