Children's Performing Arts Series

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Children's Performing Arts Series


2016-2017 Season Tickets


Affordable! Flexible! Fun!

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Click here to purchase all four shows! 


• Patron level includes reserved seating admission to all four shows. 
• Party level includes reserved seating admission to all four shows, plus 2 great after parties with the casts of "The Adventures of Bella and Harry" and "The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!" 

Returning season ticket holders who renew by May 2nd will be seated first, then others will be assigned in the order purchased. Tickets will be delivered via email or USPS. If you do not wish to sit in balcony, please choose "floor only."

Click your choice image below to purchase a customized 3-Show Pass!


The Shows



"The Adventures of Bella & Harry - 
Let's Visit London!
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 2 p.m.
Join sibling Chihuahuas Bella and Harry as they travel to London with their family and discover the amazing sights and sounds of the beautiful and exciting city of London, including the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and Stonehenge. Based on the bestselling Mom’s Choice Award-winning children’s book series, The Adventures of Bella & Harry (18 titles and counting).

Lightwire Theater's "The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise & the Hare"
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 2 p.m.
Dazzling visuals bring Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale and Aesop’s famous fable to the modern stage for an electrifying performance! In a darkened theater, actors wearing full body costumes made of vivid electroluminescent wire bring the stories to life. Poignant choreography, a wide range of music and kid friendly
humor enhance the clear, fast-paced stories. Lightwire Theater was the 2012 runner-up on ‘America’s Got Talent” and tours multiple shows internationally.

"The Little Mermaid"
Saturday, March 25, 2017,  11 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Adventurous mermaid Arabelle is fascinated with all things human. 
In defiance of her Father, King Poseidon, she ventures to the surface of the ocean and falls in love with the Prince Max. Then she encounters the evil Morgana, who offers her a dangerous deal to become human. Will Arabelle and Prince Max overcome impossible odds and find their way to happiness?  Featuring attractive staging and a humorous script, the show is presented by The Panto Company, a well-known British children’s theater company with a US touring group.

"The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!"
Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m.
Off Broadway’s improvised, interactive musical pirate adventure filled with boatloads of laugh-out-loud moments! Flung into the future by a musical-loving sea witch, a crew of misfit pirates-turned-actors must now perform the greatest pirate epic ever seen on stage! Cast members seamlessly—and hilariously—weave audience suggestions into scenes, songs and more! The show was nominated as “Best Family Show 2014” by the Off-Broadway Alliance Awards.



And don't forget the 

After Parties!


Party #1
Have You Seen the Queen?  
Following the “Bella & Harry – Let’s Visit London” show! From Big Ben to crowns and capes, this party will rock all things British! Kids will have a ball travelling to “London,” where they will sample British treats, meet Bella and Harry, and enjoy games and crafts inspired by “Merry Olde England!”

Party #2
BIG Buccaneer Bash!

Following “the Greatest Pirate Story Never Told” show! Grab your bandana and prepare to buckle your swash! Kids will join the pirate crew and “meet the mateys” (the show’s cast). Learn your pirate name and dig for buried treasure! The party will feature a ship’s-worth of pirate themed crafts, games
and snacks.


Season ticket holders enjoy reserved seats,
even for sold out shows!
Returning season ticket holders who renew by May 18 will be seated first,
then all other seats will be assigned in the order purchased. Being a season
ticket holder will also give you the opportunity to keep your same seats or
move to better seats next year.
Choose your package
A 4-Show Season Package will secure tickets for all four season shows.
A 3-Show Season Package will secure tickets for your choice of any three shows.  Just select the package with the three shows you want!
Choose Your Level
Patron level
includes reserved seating admission to shows only. 
Party level includes reserved seating for shows, plus two great after parties
with the casts of "Bella & Harry - Let's Visit London," and "The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told."
Ticket Prices:
4-show Party-level season package $54.00
3-show Party-level season package $45.00 
4-show Patron-level season package $36.00
3-show Patron-level
season package $27.00  
4-show Military Patron season package $32.00
3-show Military Patron
season package $24.00  

Seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so buy as early as possible! 
Buy Tickets Online at
or by calling 325-677-1161.




About CPAS

All shows are performed at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Abilene (352 Cypress). Group discounts are available. To learn more about group discounts, call Hollye at 677-1161.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 677-1161. You may also come by the Abilene Cultural Affairs office in the T&P Depot, 1101 North 1st Street between 1-5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

If you have any questions or concerns, call Hollye Jaklewicz at 325-370-6291.



CPAS Mission

Since its creation in 1985, the Children’s Performing Arts Series, a program of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, has provided children from the ages of 3-10 the opportunity to see live Children’s Theatre.


This series consists of three performances yearly by some of the best professional children’s theatre companies in the United States. These performances are all presented at the beautifully restored Paramount Theatre in downtown Abilene.


The major goal of the Children’s Performing Arts Series is to assure that each performance reaches children of all backgrounds. The Series was established to enable families of the Big Country to experience quality live entertainment without having to leave the area. Thanks to our sponsors, free tickets are provided to a number of human service agencies to ensure that children from families with limited resources may attend.


We are pleased to report that over 2,500 patrons attended the performances during the last season. Because of the nominal ticket prices ($8.00 per show) and the number of tickets donated, the Series solicits sponsors for performances.


The Series has continued for nearly 30 years in the same location providing entertainment to delighted families whose children may be exposed for the first time to the beauty of the Paramount and the wonder of quality live theatre and song.



Children’s Performing Arts Series   CPAS Board of Directors 2015-2016
  • Jill Keim, CPAS Board President
  • Sheila Warren, CPAS Board Vice President
  • Aubrey Jarrett, CPAS Treasurer
  • Naomi Wood, CPAS Secretary


Jaime Adams, Marissa Clark, Emily Dean, Leslie Galovich, Tabitha Garcia, Kathryn Glackmeyer, Jennifer Hammett, Kate Haney, Sharon Hasenak, Aubrey Jarrett, EJ Jessup, Jennifer Kent, Jennifer Mansker, Beverly McCallon, Johanna Morrow, Dennise Naredo, Melissa Noonan, Nikki Ramolia, Amber Smith, Jamie Snider, Diane Stearns, Susan Steele, Tamberley Thomas, Marti Wade




2015-16 Season Sponsors

Season Underwriters

  • Dian Graves Owen Foundation
  • KRBC/KTAB Television
  • Mall of Abilene



  • Anonymous
  • Community Foundation of Abilene
  • Greathouse Foundation
  • Shelton Family Foundation
  • T&T Foundation, from the Future Fund, a program at the Community Foundation of Abilene
  • United Supermarkets
  • Abilene Reporter-News
  • Cumulus Radio
  • Hispanic Life Magazine
  • Townsquare Media
  • LaVoz 93.3 FM



  • Abilene Pediatric Dental Associates, PLLC
  • Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union
  • Chick-fil-A North Abilene
  • Carl Childers Advised Donor Fund at the Community Foundation of Abilene
  • Dodge Jones Foundation
  • Cypress Street Station, Home of the Abilene Brewing Co.
  • TMI Creative Media Services
  • WesTex Connect
  • Third Street Printing & Sign Co.




  • Abilene Regional Medical Center
  • Animal Health and Medical Center
  • Condley and Company, L.L.P.
  • First Abilene Federal Credit Union
  • Phil and Jane Guitar
  • Hendrick Health System
  • Kids Village
  • Lee Orthodontics
  • Bill & Linda Lacey, Eagle NDT
  • Dr. Hector Garcia Marrero
  • Schlotzky's Deli
  • Nikki's Swirl Shoppe
  • Wagstaff LLP



  • Adams Pediatrics
  • Market Street
  • Athony Raborn Construction
  • Dr. & Mrs. Jay Capra
  • CBS Insurance, LLP
  • Dian Graves Owen Foundation
  • Beverly & Russell Guthrie
  • Family Vision Associates
  • First Bank Texas
  • First Financial Bank
  • Community Foundation of Abilene, Sandip & Mishi Mathur Donor Advised Fund
  • Security Title Company
  • Key West Concert/Event
  • Marti Wade Photography
  • Piano Man Mike Schuler
  • Stamford American/Noteworthy