SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Play Theater, a musical theater program that provides classes and performance opportunities for local children, will present HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD (AND OTHER LESSONS ON NOT BEING A GROWN UP) on Jan. 29 at 7:00 p.m. and Jan. 30 at 4:00 p.m. at Terrill Middle School.

The cast and crew is comprised of 42 local children ages 6-15. Admission is free.

HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD is an original musical stage production that was premiered by TADA! Youth Theater and was a TV special that aired on NBC on Sept.22, 1981. Based on Delia Ephron's best-selling book of the same name, the musical was adapted for TV by Judith Kahan with music and lyrics by John Forster, through a series of comedy skits and songs. The show lampoons the adult world through the eyes of children; song titles include: "How to Torture Your Sister" and "We Refuse to Go to Sleep."

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Play Theater is sponsored by the Scotch Plains Recreation Dept. and run by Amy Fiore, a Scotch Plains mom of two girls, who has enjoyed a life-long passion for musical theater. She studied and engaged in performance from a young age and continually sought ways to immerse herself in all aspects of theater arts. Amy holds a BFA from Syracuse University in Musical Theater Performance with a minor in Education, and has taught theater, acting and arts administration to children and adults in many places, including Camp Harmony, West Orange Theater Under the Stars, Baruch College and NYU. 

For the past 15 years, Amy has been an arts administrator and was inspired to bring her skills to the Scotch Plains community after working with local kids while directing in the McGinn Elementary School variety show since 2012.  For the last 7 years Amy has helped run NYC's most established children's theater company, TADA! Youth Theater.

New this spring, Play Theater will offer two classes as part of Union County Performing Arts Center's Acting Academy: "Mommy & Me Musical Theater" and "Improv for Teens and Tweens." For more information, visit www.playtheaternj.com and to register for the new classes, click.

Here is a preview of HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD.