Performances for Children

Movement theatre family friendly performances are appropriate for birthday celebrations and for in-school performances.
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Find Out About a Special Opportunity for ALEXANDRIA CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
for after school workshops sponsored by RunningBrooke Foundation Move2Lean

Virginia Commission for the Arts – Teaching Artist Roster


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.

The Mouse in House Education Guide

Mouse in House






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






Paul Gillis Photography

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 this 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, releasing a great streak of imagination in those who surround it.

Penelope’s Pen






 Penelope’s Pen Education Guide


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.