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Monday, December 10, 2012

Alliance Theatre for the Very Young Presents Waiting for Balloon

ATLANTA, December 10, 2012 — Beginning December 27, the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young will stage Waiting for Balloon written by folk artist TMarq and loosely based on the classic play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. 

Directed by Rosemary Newcott, Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth, Waiting for Balloon tells the story of two childlike hobo-clowns waiting near the railroad tracks for “balloon.”  The problem is that neither of them knows exactly what “balloon” is.  Through delightful trial and error, exploration and interaction with the audience, the two piece together what makes a balloon a balloon and celebrate all that is discovered while we “wait!”  Waiting for Balloon is a joyous introduction to gentle clowning and the joy of creating puppets from found objects, designed by the creative mind of Puppeteer Michael Haverty. 

Theatre for the Very Young is an artistic experience for children ages 18 months – 5 years that overcomes age, language, and developmental barriers, expanding the consciousness of very young audience members and integrating bi-lingual elements into each show.  Each production nurtures creative thinking, allowing the very young to experience art and culture on their terms. 

“Theatre for the Very Young engages both parents and their pre-school children in creative experiences.  The fourth wall is dissolved as young ones willing become part of the experience,” says Director, Rosemary Newcott.

Tickets for Waiting for Balloon are $10 per person, no matter how young or old. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount of 25% off their single tickets. For additional information about Theatre for the Very Young or to purchase tickets, please contact Olivia Aston at 404.733.4702 or olivia.aston@woodruffcenter.org. You can also purchase tickets online at:

Waiting for Balloon - – Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 - Memorial Arts Building, 3rd Floor, Black Box Theatre:
  • December 27–30, 2012
    • Thursday-Sunday, 9:30am & 11:00am
  • January 3–6, 2013
    • Thursday-Sunday, 9:30am & 11:00am
  • January 12 & 19, 2013
    • Saturdays, 9:30am & 11:00am
Calendar Synopsis
Waiting for Balloon
December 27-30, 2012, Thursday-Sunday, 9:30am & 11:00am
January 3-6, 2013, Thursday-Sunday, 9:30am & 11:00am
January 12 & 19, 2013, Saturdays, 9:30am & 11:00am
Two childlike hobo-clown characters are waiting near the railroad tracks for “balloon.”  The problem is that neither of them knows exactly what “balloon” is.  Through delightful trial and error, exploration and interaction with the audience, the two clowns piece together what makes a balloon a balloon and celebrate all that is discovered while we “wait!”  An introduction to gentle clowning and the joy of creating puppets from found objects.  For tickets - please contact Olivia Aston at 404.733.4702 or olivia.aston@woodruffcenter.org, also available online at

Theatre for the Very Young Season Ticket Packages
Season Ticket packages for the two upcoming Theatre for the Very Young productions are available.  When you buy a package for $20, receive tickets to both productions plus season ticket benefits.
  • Waiting for Balloon - December 27-30, 2012; January 3-6, 2013; January 12 & 19, 2013
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses - March 11-16 & 23; March 29-30, 2013
    Explore the sounds and sensations of nature as you journey through a magical garden.  Children will be actively engaged in this multi-sensory performance as they willingly become a part of the artistic experience.  A “cultural” garden in which children can grow their imaginations, and become gardeners themselves!
Producer Package – $20 (per person, no matter how young or old) –includes a ticket to each TVY production.  In addition to guaranteed seats, all TVY season ticket holders receive:
- 15% off additional single tickets to all Alliance Theatre productions
- 10% off acting classes
- $5 off return tickets to enjoy TVY performances again
For season tickets, contact Olivia Aston at 404.733.4702 or olivia.aston@woodruffcenter.org

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