Arcade’s very own
comedy show
designed for kids!


Join Arcade on 11/12, 4-6pm or 11/13, 11am-1pm to be considered for the cast pool of the newly revamped Penny Arcade! Arcade will select participants from this audition to be eligible performers in quarterly weekend ‘runs’ of Penny shows (4-5 shows over a Saturday/Sunday) throughout 2023. This is a paid opportunity.
Arcade is updating the show with its target audience aged 4-8 (and their families) in mind, by designing a fresh, engaging, interactive theater experience that introduces these very young comedians into the world of improv. In order to share the joy of comedy in a way that meets the Penny audience where they are, we are looking for folks who:
  • Love the foundational skills of improv and/or theater performance
  • Enjoy presenting to Early Childhood audiences (or think they would)
  • Are excited be a part of a highly interactive theater experience
  • Respect very young children as valid artists and full human beings
Improvisors, actors, Teaching Artists, Early Childhood educators with a love for performance, and anyone else who thinks they could contribute joyful skill to this project are invited to attend our audition/workshop. Anyone interested in being cast in a Penny show will come to learn about the new Penny Arcade, collaborate with fellow potential cast members, and submit their official interest in joining the Penny Arcade cast pool.
penny arcade cast on stage celebrating

Watch Your Ideas Come to Life!

Penny Arcade is an improv comedy show designed for kids 4–11 years old and fun for the entire family. At the start of the show, kids draw, write, and craft at our Collaboration Stations. Then the Penny Players bring those ideas to life on stage with a fun 45-minute improv comedy show — there’s even opportunities for kids to get in on the act! Every show is different!

Space is limited for this interactive show—consider purchasing your ticket in advance to reserve your spot!

Our “Pay as You Wish” Option

Arcade Comedy Theater believes that all families should have access to a fun, interactive comedy show like Penny Arcade. Thanks in part to a grant from PNC Charitable Trust and proceeds from full-price tickets and individual donors, Arcade offers a “pay as you wish” ticket option. You can choose the price that you and your family are most comfortable with. The “pay as you wish” option is available online, if you’d like to reserve your ticket in advance and ensure you have a seat. Also available in-person at the box office the day of the show.

award for City Paper best of Pittsburgh reader's poll

Voted 2020
“Second Best Comedy Troupe”
“Third Best Children’s Party Entertainer”
Pittsburgh City Paper

best of the burgh 2019 logo

Voted 2019 and 2020
“Best Improv Comedy Troupe”
Pittsburgh Magazine

How Does It Work?

Before the show, the audience participates in Collaboration Stations which use crafts and literary prompts to generate ideas used in the show by the players.

It’s showtime! We create an energetic 45-minute show based on the ideas from Collaboration Stations.

Every show features opportunities to volunteer and go on stage to tell stories, interact with performers, and play games!

penny arcade cast on stage celebrating

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