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Kids briefs: Mascot skate way around Schenley Park

More than two dozen area mascots will be at the Citiparks Mascot Skate at Schenley Park, Oakland.

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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 8:56 p.m.

The Pirate Parrot, Steely McBeam, the Pitt Panther and the Eat'n Park Smiley cookie will be among two dozen of the region's favorite mascots skating Saturday with Pittsburgh fans at Schenley Park Skating Rink.

The 26th annual Citiparks Mascot Skate, presented by Wish 99.7 FM, offers a two-hour public skating session with mascots, along with music, refreshments and a view of the Downtown skyline. Skaters are encouraged to bring cameras for pictures with the mascots.

The event is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Oakland rink on Overlook Drive. Admission is $4; $3 for age 17 and younger and 60 and older.

Skate rental is $2.50; skate-sharpening is $3.50. Details: 412-422-6523 or

McKeesport Little Theater stages ‘Little Mermaid Jr.'

The red-headed mermaid Ariel can become a “part of your world” at the McKeesport Little Theater, which is staging “The Little Mermaid Jr.” for the next two weekends.

The one-hour show — featuring performers in middle school from the Second Stage Players — is based on the popular Disney film and the Broadway musical. The junior version contains all of the songs from the movie, along with three songs from the Broadway show.

The storyline is the same: Ariel lives in a magical world beneath the ocean's surface, but longs to explore the world above, especially after she meets a handsome prince. Ariel has to defy her father, escape the clutches of a sea witch, and charm the prince with her singing voice.

Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 20. Tickets are $12; $7 for students, with group rates available for 10 or more. Details: 412-673-1100 or

‘Tarzan and Jane' monkey around at Gemini Theater

The zany, wild story of a popular jungle boy and his sidekick will unfold on stage at the Gemini Theater, which is opening “Tarzan and Jane” on Saturday.

The play is the Gemini company's musical adaption of the story — based on the “Tarzan the Ape Man” books by Edgar Rice Burroughs — and the performers invite the kids in the audience to come on stage and become a part of the show during some scenes. “Tarzan and Jane” tells the story of Jane, a woman on an expedition in Africa, and how she meets Tarzan, a guy who has been raised by gorillas in the jungle. The two monkey around together through comical adventures.

Show times are 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 3. Tickets are $10 to $12, and reservations are recommended.

Details: 412-243-5201 or

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