PULLMAN, Wash. — Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 for a series of four children’s shows to be featured during the 2002-03 season at Washington State University’s Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.

The shows are geared toward children in grades K-5 and their parents but can be enjoyed by all age groups.

“We feel it is important to introduce children to theater and music and to make this family experience affordable,” said Leo A. Udy, director of the coliseum.

The series kicks off Sept. 17 with performer, songwriter and music educator Greta Pedersen. She has appeared on television and radio programs like “Romper Room” and “Pickleberry Pie.” Pedersen’s video, “Music is Magic,” is a regular feature on The Learning Channel.

“Beauty and the Beast” comes to Beasley’s stage Oct. 28. American Family Theater presents this classic in a live and energetic musical production.

“Cinderella” is next in the series and scheduled for Feb. 3. Stylized puppets and costumes are used to tell this story in an original production based on the French classic.

The series will conclude April 2 with “Alice in Wonderland.” American Family Theater will present a live production of the Lewis Carroll classic.

Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and last about an hour. Afterward, children will have the chance to meet the actors and ask questions.

Tickets may be purchased as a series (all four shows) or individually. A series ticket is $16 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Individual tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

Tickets can be purchased at Beasley Coliseum, the Cougar Depot, and all TicketsWest outlets. For more information, phone (509)335-3748 or visit the Beasley Coliseum Web site at www.wsu.edu/beasley.