'Janet’s Planet' launches 'Tour the Solar System'

Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 8:36pm
Staff reports

Janet’s Planet, a children’s educational television show airing on public broadcasting stations across the country for more than a decade, has announced it will embark on a nationwide live tour, with Tour the Solar System to premiere at Nashville’s Adventure Science Center on Sept. 18. 

Tour the Solar System follows the Janet’s Planet model of marrying the entertaining and educational. Starring creator Janet Ivey, the show will take kids on a journey through outer space and incorporate sophisticated video technology to give the illusion that they are actually watching adventures unfold on the moon or on Mars, or in NASA’s mission control room. Geared for children aged 6 to 10 years old, it employs high-energy songs and functioning robots to teach science lessons. Each show lasts 45 minutes and invites audience participation to further the plot.

“I am overjoyed to be headed to the stage for my first live Janet’s Planet tour, which I have dreamed about for years,” Ivey said in a release.  “My goal has long been to raise kids up to stand in their own magnificence, and I am excited to bring Janet’s Planet to fans throughout the country.”

Tour the Solar System is produced by Ivey and PK Pictures, and JRA Fine Arts will take the show on tour. After its premiere in Nashville, the show will tour 10 cities across the U.S. throughout the fall and winter, beginning in Largo, Fla., at the Performance Art Center on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.  Other cities on the tour include Rochester and Buffalo, N.Y., Newark, Ohio, and Wichita, Kan.

“Janet has helped children across America learn more about science, as well as themselves,” said Beth Curley, president and CEO of Nashville Public Television, the presenting station for Janet’s Planet.  “She builds their self-confidence, their curiosity and their love of learning.  We fully expect this live show to reach even more children and applaud Janet on this tremendous accomplishment.”

Janet’s Planet has received 10 regional Emmy awards and five Gracie Awards and currently airs on more than 100 public television stations nationwide.