Peg + Cat - Live!


Produced by Casa Manana

Peg + Cat Live! is created by Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley, the co-creators of the Peg + Cat PBS Kids TV series.

Based on the Emmy-winning PBS Kids show PEG + CAT (produced by The Fred Rogers Company and 9 Story Entertainment), this totally awesome musical features wild comedy, countless favorite songs from the show, and Peg’s super coolest pal Ramone! When Peg’s Mom asks Peg and Cat to mail some really important letters they come face to face with a really big dog. Really Big Problem! To solve it, they’ll need math—bar graphs, size comparison, position words, fair sharing, and a whole lot of counting. They’ll also need to count on each other, and the audience too, for their problem to be solved.

Research that shows Peg + Cat teaches kids math but also improves family attitudes toward math.

• Peg + Cat featured at the April 21, 2016 White House Symposium on Early STEM Learning.
• NSF grant has placed Peg + Cat materials in 65 Head Start classrooms in Pennsylvania with dissemination plans in the works.
• NSF grant beginning to focus on the social-emotional elements of problem solving found in Peg + Cat for use in preschools.
• Working with Vanderbilt University to test an interactive Peg + Cat storybook online that encourages dialogic reading between parent and child.

PRODUCER | CREATIVE TEAM


ABOUT THE PRODUCER:

CASA MAÑANA (PRODUCER) Peg + Cat Live   is produced by Casa Mañana, the same theatre who produced the acclaimed tours of  Mr. Popper's Penguins, A Year with Frog & Toad, Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells and Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale. Located in the heart of the cultural district of Fort Worth, TX, Casa Mañana Theatre specializes in professional Broadway and Children's Theatre and arts education, and has done so for more than 50 years. As a performing arts organization, Casa Mañana strives to create, nurture and advance live professional theatre unparalleled in artistic excellence for the enrichment and education of its diverse community and its future generations of artists and patrons. Recently, Casa Mañana’s Performing Arts Conservatory was listed first in regional theatre training programs by backstage.com.  Learn more at www.casamanana.org.

CREATIVE TEAM:

Peg + Cat Live! is created by Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley, the co-creators of the Peg + Cat PBS Kids TV series.

Billy Aronson’s work in the theater includes the original concept/additional lyrics for the Broadway musical Rent. His plays have been published in 6 volumes of Best American Short Plays, and collected in Funny Shorts. TV writing credits include The Wonder Pets, Beavis and Butt-head, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. With artist Jennifer Oxley he created the PBS Kids show Peg + Cat, which has won Emmy Awards for music, design, writing, acting, and Best Animated Preschool Show. With wife Lisa Vogel he created their animated offspring Jake and Anna.

Jennifer Oxley was born in Hollywood, California and caught the filmmaking bug early – she made her first film at the age of seven. Since then she has directed fifteen short films for Sesame Street, as well as the award-winning adaptation of Spike Lee and Tanya Lewis Lee’s children’s book, Please, Baby, Please. Her latest film, The Music Box, was acquired by The Museum of Modern Art for their permanent children’s film collection. Her work in children’s television includes directing and artistic credits. Jennifer won an Emmy award for her role as director on Little Bill, and she created the look and animation style of The Wonder Pets. Most recently Jennifer teamed up with Billy Aronson to create the hit PBS Kids animated series Peg + Cat!

CURRICULUM | AGES


CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

  • Measurement
  • Shapes
  • Patterns
  • Problem Solving
  • Brainstorming
  • Overcoming Obstacles


RECOMMENDED AUDIENCES
PUBLIC AUDIENCE: Ages 3-6
SCHOOL TIME AUDIENCE: Ages 3-5; Grades Pre-K-1st Grade

FACTS | STATS


  • Peg + Cat reaches 98% of US Television Households.   
  • 550,414 unique visits to Peg + Cat site on pbskids.org (Nielsen - June 2017)
  • 5.249 Million streams (Nielsen - June 2017)
  • Peg + Cat launched its 2nd season in  spring 2016, with 25 engaging new episodes
  • Peg + Cat Save the World! - The March 2016 one-hour special, featuring Sandra Oh as President of the US,  reached over 1 million kids in its premiere week!
  • 4 hardcover and 3 softcover Peg + Cat books are published by Candlewick Press, The Big Dog Problem will be published in September of 2017.
  • Peg, the show’s star, was recognized by Common Sense Media as one of TV’s Best Role Models of 2014.
  • Peg also has been widely praised as a great S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) role model for girls.


Awards:

  • 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards Winner -Six awards, including Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Music.
  • 2015 Kidscreen Awards Winner for Best New Series, Best Animated Series, Best Voice Talent, and Best Music.
  • 2015 Canadian Screen Awards Nominee for Best Pre-School Program or Series and Best Direction in Animated Program or Series.
  • Three consecutive Parents Choice Gold Awards.