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Peg + Cat - Live!

Produced by The Bay Area Children's Theatre

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 Fred Rogers Productions and 9 Story Media Group), 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  received two Daytime Emmy nominations: Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Series and Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program.
- Purdue University Convocations in partnership with the Math Department will be conducting a National Research Study that will assess the impact of live performance on the math skills of some our youngest patrons.

PRODUCER | CREATIVE TEAM

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

BAY AREA CHILDREN'S THEATRE

The Bay Area Children's Theatre has produced the tours for Ivy + Bean: The Musical (in conjunction with Maximum Entertainment), Ladybug Girl: The Musical, Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site: The Musical and Peg + Cat Live.

NINA MEEHAN (PRODUCER & DIRECTOR) Founding company member of Bay Area Children's Theatre (San Francisco, CA) where she has directed such beloved classics as James and the Giant Peach, Little Women, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Pippi Longstocking and many others. She is an award winning Youth Theatre Director, most recently winning Outstanding Achievements in Acting at the Broadway Jr. Festival in Atlanta, GA (2013) for her youth production of Pirates of Penzance. Nina was recognized as one of the 35-faces of Theatre Bay Area and a “Mom who Rocks” by the national family resource website Red Tricycle. She has worked throughout the Bay Area as an actress, educator, storyteller, and director. Nina proudly sits on the Theatre Services Committee for Theatre Bay Area and the Board of Directors for TYA/USA. Nina received her BS in Theatre from Northwestern University and her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. 

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
  • Friendship and Persistence


RECOMMENDED AUDIENCES
PUBLIC AUDIENCE: Ages 3-7
SCHOOL TIME AUDIENCE: Ages 3-5; Grades Pre-K-2nd Grade

FACTS | STATS

Broadcast
• 6 seasons on PBS
• Peg + Cat reaches 98% of US Television Households.
• Peg + Cat reached 1.2 million kids 2-8 via broadcast averaging 5 telecasts per week per PBS station in Jan. 2018.
• Peg + Cat airs on weekdays at 12:30 p.m. on the PBS KIDS primary schedule as well as daily at 9 a.m. on the 24/7 platform.

Streaming
• Peg + Cat was streamed 4.5 million times on mobile and desktop in January 2018.

Website
• Peg + Cat had 570,000 Unique visitors visits to Peg + Cat site on pbskids.org (Nielsen in January 2018).

Publishing
• Candlewick Press: 8 Hardcover books, 6 Paperback books + 6 DVDs
The Big Dog Problem was published in September of 2017.

Awards
• JUST ANNOUNCED ON March 21, 2018 – Emmy Nomination: Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Series
• Nominated for a 2018 Annie Award as Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children. The “Annies” are considered to be the “Oscars” of the animation world.
6-time DAYTIME EMMY® AWARD  WINNER, including:
    - Outstanding Preschool  Children’s Animated Program (2014 & 2016)
    - Outstanding Writing & Music - Preschool Animated Program (2015)
• 5-time PARENT’S CHOICE GOLD AWARD WINNER (2014-2018)
• 4-time KIDSCREEN AWARD WINNER - Best New Preschool Series (2015), 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.

Academic Studies
• 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.

NATIONAL RESEARCH STUDY

Purdue University Convocations in partnership with the Math Department will be conducting a National Research Study that will assess the impact of live performance on the math skills of some our youngest patrons.

To learn more, click here to download the research prospectus.