Odd Squad LIVE! – All-new, “Oddly Fun” Live Musical Adventure Based on the Emmy-Award Winning PBS Kids Series Comes to The Mendel Center

Attention Odd Squad fans! Things are about to get very odd in southwest Michigan and Ms. O needs help to solve the case. ODD SQUAD LIVE! is springing into action live on stage at The Mendel Center Mainstage in Benton Harbor on Saturday, March 18, for two big shows at 11 am and 2 pm.

 

Odd Squad Live! is an interactive, laugh-out-loud adventure where audience members get to participate in solving a seriously strange case. When agents Orion and Oleanna get turned into grown-ups by villains, it’s up to the kids in the audience to use their math skills and help the agents decode, decipher, and unravel clues. With a little help from Ms. O back at headquarters, the agents and the audience work together to save the day! Lucky audience members will get to join the fun on stage and use amazing Odd Squad gadgets.

 

The side-splitting humor and oddly irresistible fun that earned the Odd Squad writing team a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series” will burst onto the stage in this action-packed, educational, and hilarious live show. Odd Squad LIVE! is filled with the coolest new gadgets, funniest and quirkiest villains like “Father Time” and “Lady Terrible,” and catchy hit songs from the Odd Squad-favorite band, Soundcheck. The stage show will feature Odd Squad “classic” tunes as well as all-new songs.

Odd Squad the television series is a live-action show designed to help kids 5-8 build math, problem-solving and collaboration skills. The show focuses on intrepid young agents who are part of Odd Squad, an agency whose mission is to investigate unusual occurrences. A math concept is embedded in each of their cases as they work together to problem-solve and set things right. Odd Squad premiered on PBS KIDS in November 2014 and airs weekdays on PBS stations.

 

Odd Squad was viewed by more than 33 million people in its first year on TV and averages 34.6 million streams per month on digital platforms (Source: Nielsen NPOWER, L+7, Oct. 27, 2014 – Oct. 25, 2015, Reach includes series & specials, P2+, 6+min., 50% unif.; Google Analytics, October 2014 – June 2016). The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards in 2016, including “Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series” and “Outstanding Direction in a Children’s Series.” The program was also awarded a Daytime Emmy in 2015 for “Best Direction in a Children’s Series.”

 

Odd Squad is created by Tim McKeon (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time, The Electric Company) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric Company, The Backyardigans, Wallykazam!), and produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and The Fred Rogers Company. The show is funded in part by the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

 

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Tickets for Odd Squad LIVE! are on sale now at www.TheMendelCenter.com, at http://bit.ly/2haVD5V, and through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-1221, Monday through Friday, 2 to 6 p.m.  Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans. Contact the Box Office about purchasing group tickets school outings, birthday parties, and family events; pre-show party options; and other special arrangements.

 

Two special meet & greet events with the stars of the stage show are planned for 10 am and 3:30 pm. Tickets for the meet & greet events are $5 per child and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2hqtcNF.

 

Odd Squad LIVE! is made possible in part by the Gast Young People’s Performance Endowment. MailMax is sponsoring this Mendel Center Mainstage performance.