Press Start! A New Children’s Musical

February 8, 2025 — February 16, 2025

Civic Auditorium

The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre’s Penguin Project Production is Press Start!  A New Children’s Musical. Join us as our Penguins embark on a unique adventure as they are transported into the pixelated world of video games. Beloved video game characters, who face running out of lives, organize a musical fundraiser to collect the gold rings necessary to continue playing. Heroes, villains, and sidekicks unite in an unprecedented collaboration, showcasing teamwork like never before. This 8-bit musical promises to captivate audiences, delivering heartwarming moments and unexpected twists. 

by Denver Casado and Brian Dawson 

Produced with special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

  • Director – AnnMarie Miller
  • Music Director -Sarah Aiello
  • Choreographer – Emma Michael
  • Mentor Coordinator – Jeannine Jones
  • Scenic Designer – David Kyhn
  • Costume Designer – Elaine Kauffman
  • Lighting Designer – Delaney McKenzie
  • Sound Designer – Emma Pegouske
  • Technical Director – Phillip A. Miller
  • Properties Master – Christopher Lewis
  • Properties Artisan – Jamie Chapin
  • Photographer/Graphic Designer – Deborah Mitchell
  • Videographer – Katherine Mumma
  • Production Stage Manager – Stacey Jaeger
  • Director of Volunteers – Mike Artis
  • Artistic Director – Anthony J. Hamilton
  • Executive Director – Laura M. Zervic

Performance Dates

  • Friday, February 8, 2025, at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 9, 2025, at 2:00 PM (Sensory Friendly and ASL Interpreted & Audio Described)
  • Sunday, February 10, 2025, at 2:00 PM
  • Friday, February 14, 2025, at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 15, 2025, at 2:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 16, 2025, at 2:00 PM

Civic Auditorium
329 S. Park St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

All performances in the Civic Auditorium feature reserved seating. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. 

Parking is located behind the Carver Center. Street parking is available for free after 5:00 PM on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the box office at 269.343.1313.