Childsplay Brings Imagination to Life

Childsplay began 40 years ago. David Saar, graduate student at ASU, wanted to bring a group of actors together to put imagination and wonder in the minds and hearts of children. The mission of Childsplay is “to create theater so strikingly original in form, content or both that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love and respect for the medium, thus preserving imagination and wonder, those hallmarks of childhood that are the keys to the future.”

Jamie Sandomire, Vinny Chavez, Rudy Ramirez and Liz Polen were actors for the Childsplay production of “The Smartest Girl in the World.” Sandomire and Chavez said they do seven or eight plays a year and two or three plays tour around the Valley each year.

Ramirez and Polen feel it is important to take their plays to schools because it will tell a story that may be similar to what a child may be going through. They also want children to use their imagination and wonder to write a familiar story.

Childsplay has done national tours and has also performed in other theaters. Plays are performed for preschool to high school, but most are for age 8 and up. If you are under the age of 18, you can audition to be a part of Childsplay. If you love to perform, they encourage you to do so, even if it is a small part.

To learn about classes or upcoming plays, visit the Childsplay website at

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Karen Golden