Performances for Children

Performances for children explore narrative through movement and theatre making a connection to school curriculum such as language arts.  Performances are appropriate for birthday celebrations, for in-school performances, or for public presentations for all ages.
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drawing by Cynthia Jabar


The Big Meow
The Big Meow is family-friendly performance inspired by the book by Elizabeth Spires.  It is the story of an ever-hopeful fluffball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats, but is ostracized for a “loud as a lion’s roar” meow.  The Big Meow is a story of hope, disappointment, courage and the need for belonging.  These simple themes are part of every neighborhood, but in this wonderful tale told through the experiences of  Little Cat, a potential weakness is a unique strength.

The Big Meow Education Guide


The Big Meow






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Penelope’s  Pen
This new dance and theatre production for the young at heart is inspired by Frank Dormer’s,”The Obstinate Pen.” Children will love Jane Franklin Dance’s lighthearted 30-minute performance, which follows Penny, Aunt Pearl, and young Penelope on a silly and enlightening adventure.  A pen that has a mind of its own comes alive when touched, releasing a great streak of imagination in those who surround it.

Penelope’s Pen






 Penelope’s Pen Education Guide



Mouse in House
This work for children, adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spires, is about a mouse who forms a friendship with reclusive 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson. The mouse’s life changes forever when a gust of wind blows one of Emily’s poems her way. Moved by Emily’s evocative words that capture her own feelings, the mouse becomes determined to be a poet herself. Young audience members learn that everyone can write about their feelings and that even a common mouse is capable of creating beautiful poetry.

The Mouse in House Education Guide

Mouse in House


Please confirm all performances, locations and times as the schedule is subject to change.

Contact janefranklindance at or 703-933-1111 for information about birthdays and group rates.

Funding Available for in school  performances through the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Directory and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Paul Mellon Arts in Education Program. These shows are presented through Arlington County’s Humanities Project.


Please note there are no refunds on tickets.