Garden of imagination

“The show affects him in the way that it’s supposed to, he looks where he’s supposed to look, and he follows the narrative. It holds his attention for up to an hour, and for a 2-year-old, that’s incredible,” says dad Rob Lawhon. The Alliance’s Theatre for the Very Young program is designed for ages 18 months to 5 years.

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'We are tweens with them'

The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta puts you inside a school assembly, the final assembly at a school that’s closing. Hundreds of real Atlanta tweens wrote essays about what they’d do if their school closed, which gives the improvisational musical its voice. Onstage, four actors represent as many of those voices as possible — in dialogue, dance, songs, poems and a few high-tech surprises.

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