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Theatre is by nature a group activity, and what better group to enjoy it with than your family? But how can you tell which shows are best for all ages, both in terms of subject matter and in terms of ticket prices? To help you choose wisely, TDF offers this regularly updated list of productions perfect for the whole family.

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ALADDIN

starts February 26th

Disney's smash hit movie Aladdin finally makes its way to the Broadway stage! Directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) and featuring the classic Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice score with songs like "Friend Like Me" and the Academy Award-winning "A Whole New World," Aladdin will use a new book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). Aladdin is sure to bring joy and laughter to the whole family!

 

 


THE AMAZING MAX AND THE BOX OF INTERESTING THINGS

October 2nd - April 19th

Bursting with striking visual magic, laugh-out-loud comedy, amazing juggling, and loads of audience participation, this magic show is an out of control roller coaster ride designed to make you and your kids laugh harder than you ever have.

 

 


ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MUSICAL

January 18th - April 27th

Saturdays & Sundays at 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm in January

Angelina and her friends, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki, and even their teacher, Ms. Mimi, are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy! Angelina and her friends will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig and of course, ballet, and they are excited to show off their skills to their famous visitor. Angelina is the most excited of all, but will she get the starring moment she hopes for? Based on the CG-animated series, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps on PBS KIDS®, ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MUSICAL is a family-friendly show that will have the entire audience dancing in the aisles.

Ages 3 - 12


BAMfamily

 

BAMfamily offers smart, stimulating, and unconventional arts programming to inspire every member of your family. This year marks the first-ever BAMfamily season—a diverse lineup of performances, workshops, and participatory events.

The Cat Who Went to Heaven

April 12th @ 11 am & 3 pm  April 13th @ 3 pm

Music and lyrics by Nancy Harrow
Directed by Will Pomerantz

Adapted from the Newbery Award-winning children’s book by Elizabeth Coatsworth, this captivating performance introduces kids to the cultural traditions of Japan. Using breathtaking bunraku and shadow puppetry, and an original jazz score featuring shamisen and koto instrumentations, this inventive musical tells the story of an artist and his loyal cat in ancient Japan.

Ages 7 - 10


THE BERENSTAIN BEARS LIVE! in Family Matters the Musical

Adapted from the classic children's books by Stan and Jan Berenstain and approved by the authors themselves, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical brings everyone's favorite bear family to musical life. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Papa Bear can't stop eating junk food, Brother Bear's grades are slipping, and Sister Bear still has a lot to learn about talking to strangers. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right.

 


 

BLUE MAN GROUP

"Tubes" has become a cult sensation, with audiences pouring in from all over the world and sold out performances every night of the week. "Tubes is a potpourri of physical stunts, visual gags, art commentary, audience participation and all-out sensory assault" as described by TIME Magazine. Blue Man is a curious, gentle being from inner space who wants to "blesh" with the audience through sound and color. Blue Man Group is backed up musically by a three piece band.
For ages 6 years and up.

 


 

CARNEGIE HALL FAMILY CONCERTS

This diverse and educational weekend concert series is designed to give children and their families the opportunity to attend interactive and educational live performances at Carnegie Hall. Tickets start at $9.

Natalie Merchant

Saturday April 26th @ 3 pm

Based on Natalie Merchant’s recent book-and-music project Leave Your Sleep, this concert features nursery rhymes and lullabies by 19th- and 20th-century poets set to Merchant’s beautiful melodies, with chamber orchestra, and projected illustrations by Barbara McClintock.

 


CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY: MEET THE MUSIC

The Chamber Music Society's Education Department offers programs for every level of musical knowledge—even the youngest music lovers are welcome at CMS! Meet the Music! presents musical journeys into the up-close and friendly world of chamber music for kids 6 & up and their families. Three programs in Alice Tully Hall are hosted by the irrepressible Bruce Adolphe and promise a fun (and funny!) time for the whole family!

Inspector Pulse's Mother  May 11th @ 2 pm

It’s Mother’s Day, and Inspector Pulse, the wacky private ear, wants to give his mother a beautiful piece of music he composed himself as a present, but all he can think of is the song “This Old Man!” What can he do? With the help of musical friends, Inspector Pulse investigates what makes music say “I love you.” Can he compose a fitting tribute in time for Mother’s Day?

Featuring the music of Fauré, Brahms, and Dvorák.

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo in the lobby from 1:00-1:45 PM

 


EEEK! A MOUSICAL

April 5 - May 31 / Saturdays @ 11 am

This musical fable is brought up to date in a fun & lively show for all ages. Bara, our City Mom (JULIA MENN) is finding the hectic pace of life a little bit frustrating, with all the new technology and longs for an escape to the Country to visit her sister, Clarisa (VICKI OCEGUERA) and her family. A few hours proves to be all the Peace & Quite this gang can take! And, when the country mice go to the city they find the throngs of people and honking horns are a little too frightening! Does each family realize their Happiness, may not be everyone's Happiness??? Does this fable make the point that each of us is different and we should love and respect our differences? Ya Darn-Tootin'.


FANCY NANCY THE MUSICAL

Returns September 14, 2014

Saturdays & Sundays @ 11:00am & 1:00pm

Fancy Nancy and her friends, Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, "Deep Sea Dances." Nancy is positive, that's fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn't the one she wanted?

 


 

THE FANTASTICKS

This beloved musical love story features music by Harvey Schmidt and book and lyrics by Tom Jones. Jones also directs THE FANTASTICKS, which was originally directed by Word Baker. A young boy and girl fall madly in love at the hands of their meddling fathers, but soon grow restless and stray from one another. Will their separation provide a deeper appreciation for the love they once shared or create a permanent gulf between them?

Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' beloved score features such classic tunes as "Try To Remember," "Soon It's Gonna Rain," "Much More," and "I Can See It."

 


GALLI'S FAIRYTALE THEATER


The Galli Theater has been bringing the excitement and magic of fairytales to children for more than 25 years.

Each year, the Galli Theater produces 9-10 modern and innovative adaptations of fairy tales that entertain children and teach them valuable life lessons. The plays and productions awaken a sense of liveliness in children, actors and parents alike that can help reveal the genuine person and his or her inner vision and power, thus celebrating childhood.

Sleeping Beauty

April 5th - 28th (no shows 4/19 & 4 /20) /  Saturday & Sunday @ 2 pm

The Galli Theater’s Sleeping Beauty tells the story of a royal pair whose longtime wish for a baby has finally come true. To share their joy with the kingdom, they plan a feast inviting all of the fairies of the land but one. The jilted fairy finds out about the party and makes not only and unannounced appearance, but also casts a curse on the royal child. The curse is altered into one that results in the entire kingdom taking a 100 year nap. Only the right prince arriving at the right time, will wake the princess out of her sleep.

For ages 4 and up.

 



GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW:

Hailed by David Letterman of The Late Show, as "The Greatest Bubble Artist in the World", Fan Yang holds the Guinness World records for the biggest bubble ever blown.
For ages 3 years and up.

 


THE GREATEST PIRATE STORY NEVER TOLD

November 2nd - April 26th

Saturdays @ 11 am

Captain Henry Martin and his stalwart crew have been flung into the future by a bumbling Sea Witch to perform the greatest pirate epic ever seen on stage! But with their script torn asunder, the crew is forced to improvise their show as it unfolds, based upon their audience’s suggestions! Don't miss this interactive, family musical, where you help write the story (and may even wind up on stage!)


HOLLOW

A heart-breaking triangle, a heart-racing chase - a mystery unsolved for centuries - the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Careless lovers taunt a fragile man with a treacherous dance that spins out of control. One man will triumph and both men will lose, several will squander their souls. Dark secrets lurk in the Hollow, echo through the woods and drive men mad. The crush of their steps as they run from the truth is deafened by their pounding hearts. Reckless they race although keenly aware that one false stride may lose them their head.

What happens in the Hollow, stays in the Hollow -

appropriate for ages 10 & up


HONESTLY ABE: A NEW MUSICAL

Sundays @ 11 am thru April 27th

Set in Indiana in the late 1820s, and based on historical fact, Honestly Abe presents the young Abe Lincoln as a lanky, pranksterous boy who loves to read and who can tell a yarn with the best of them. Close to both his mother and sister, while never quite seeing eye-to-eye with his father, Abe dreams of the day he can quit the family farm, leave his life of "rail-splitting" in the past and become a riverboat pilot. However family tragedies, a desire for revenge and the advice of a close friend will cause him to change his plans, setting him on the path toward the law and politics, but not before leaving someone very special behind.

Featuring a five-piece onstage band.

 


iLUMINATE, ARTIST OF LIGHT

Music, art, and the magical light suits of iLuminate bring you a story of adventure and romance told through dance styles from hip-hop, breaking land locking to contemporary jazz using the power of light. "Artist of Light" follows Jacob, a talented but insecure young artist, and his magical paintbrush. When a jealous bully steals the paintbrush and uses it for evil, Jacob must fight to save his town and friends.

 


THE JUMPIN' JUNIPER SHOW

Experience the exhilarating energy of Jumpin' Juniper as she hosts an interactive hour of story, song, film, or dance. Immerse yourself in the excitement of high-quality live performances by celebrated guest artists.

The hour-long monthly performances start at 11:00 am. A well-equipped play room is available in conjunction with the performance. Children and caregivers are free to take a break and return to the show at any time. The playroom then remains open until 1:00 pm.

 


LA MAMA FOR KIDS

SEUCY & BOTO

April 19th @ 11 am

All the creatures in these mythological stories from the Amazon Jungle protect plants and animals of the rainforest from harm and exploitation, inspiring us to respect and care for the mighty jungle so it will continue sharing its wonders with us.

With Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre
Adapted & Directed by Federico Restrepo

An adventure tale for families / Ages 5 & up


 


THE LION KING

Disney's adaptation of its popular animated movie is featuring life-size puppets, exotic masks, and costumes. Directed by Julie Taymor, music by Elton John and Tim Rice. The show follows the adventures of the royal lion cub Simba, and his quest to grow up and learn what it means to be a king.

For ages 6 years and up.


THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

The new Off-Broadway Family Theatre presents its inaugural production of C.S. Lewis' well loved tale The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation, two actors give a tour-de-force performance that's sure to delight children and adults alike.  Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy take you to Narnia, where the White Witch has cast a spell that  makes it eternally winter but never Christmas.  They meet Mr. Tumnus the faun and conspire with talking animals to save Narnia.  Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan , Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil and discover that Love is the deepest magic of all.  Dramatized by le Clanche du Rand, directed by Julia Beardsley O'Brien, and starring Andrew Fortman and Erin Layton.

 

 


THE LITTLE MERMAID

February 16th - April 27th

Once upon a time there was a little mermaid who dreamed of the day when she would finally be old enough to explore the wonders of the world above the sea. When her turn comes, she is not disappointed. In fact she saves a young prince from drowning in a shipwreck and falls deeply in love with him. Now her longing increases, as she desires to become a mortal so she can marry her young prince; but as with all dreams, there are sacrifices. The little mermaid soon learns that getting her wish means making hard choices. She also learns how much she is willing to give up for someone she loves.

The production includes a family workshop 1 hour prior to each performance. Here the audience meets members of the creative team as well as an actor from the production who relate how they turn a book into a musical onstage. Afterword, the children in the audience are invited onstage to create a sea creature that they can bring home as a souvenir.


 

THE LITTLE ORCHESTRA SOCIETY

 

Celebrating 66 years of performances this season, The Little Orchestra Society™ shares the vitality of live classical music and seeks to build future audiences by presenting innovative concerts that incorporate multiple art forms to foster a deeper understanding and enjoyment of music. With original productions designed by our artistic staff, consulting producers, and program designers, the Orchestra’s mission is to make concertgoing and engagement in the live performing arts a lifelong pursuit.

Peter and the Wolf   Ages 3 - 5

James Judd, conductor

Saturday April 26th @ 10 & 11:30 am

Sunday April 27th @ 11:30 am & 1:00 pm

The Composer Is Dead    Ages 6 - 12

Saturday May 17th @ 11 am & 1 pm


In this delightfully wry murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone has a musical instrument. But the composer is still dead. Help us solve this musical mystery! Book by Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) and music by Nathaniel Stookey. The Orchestra also presents the New York Premiere of Embrace by Brooklyn composer Kenji Bunch. This concerto was written to celebrate the theme of "family", and features Tracy Silverman on electric violin.

w/ JOHN TARTAGLIA (Avenue Q) narrator

 


LUMINOCITY

May 18th - June 15th

Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows, Queens

Venture within the hubbub at the heart of Gotham, where the restless tide of humanity flows through canyons of skyscrapers and shoals of billboards: catch the high-spirits and pulse-racing thrills of the World’s Greatest Circus Artists in one ring under our Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from ringside!

Watch rowdy pups perform amazing tricks, double trapeze artists soaring high above, a bashful clown, an irrepressible flimflam man, and a juggler extraordinaire; teeter-board acrobats flying through the air, a cavalcade of magnificent steeds, and a couple of amazing wire-walkers suspended in mid-air. The show runs two hours, including one intermission.

The celebrated Big Apple Circus Band, under the baton of maestro Rob Slowik, provides the lively musical soundtrack, and your cosmopolitan Ringmaster, John Kennedy Kane, will conduct your tour through this luminous cityscape.

Children under 3 years do not need a ticket.  One child per adult lap.


MATILDA

Winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, Matilda the Musical is more than a show, it’s a phenomenon.

Based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.

 

 


MONDAY NIGHT MAGIC

Every Monday evening @ 8 pm

Each Monday, a different array of the finest stage magicians perform world-class magic in an intimate theatrical setting. The on-stage magic continues during intermission as sleight-of-hand magicians mingle with guests. Monday Night Magic performers have been featured on such television shows as ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's Early Show, NBC's Today Show and most recently on The Wall Street Journal Report.

The New York Press gave it a "Best of Manhattan" award and TimeOut New York dubbed it, "New York's Best Magic Venue."

Ages 8+


MR. CHICKEE'S FUNNY MONEY

April 12th - May 4th 

Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am

When 9-year-old Steven, a self-proclaimed spy and president of the “Flint Future Detectives Club,” is asked to unlock the secret behind a Quadrillion dollar bill, he nearly loses his BFF (a giant flying dog) and risks alienating his parents and school pals as he attempts to become a hero. At the heart of this fantastical journey is a smart, out-of-the-box thinking, and entrepreneurial boy, who discovers that family, friends, creativity and determination are the true keys to success; and sharing the spotlight with others can make one even richer.

Music by Motown legend Lamont Dozier

Ages 6+


THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY JR

April 5 - May 18    Saturdays @ 11 am & Sundays @ 10:30 am

The beloved  1964 children's book written by Jeff Brown has become a literary and pop cultural phenomenon – delighting readers and travelers all around the world

Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill ten-year-old: normal mom and dad, normal little brother, normal life. That's just the problem...for Stanley, life is too normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one's ever seen before. Careful what you wish for, Stanley!One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley's bed comes loose and falls – right on top of Stanley! The next morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat...really, REALLY flat! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley – the ultimate exchange student – scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. He's stamped, posted and cancelled from Hollywood to France to Honolulu and beyond. And whether he's thwarting a robbery at the Louvre Museum in Paris, or “hanging ten” off the coast of Hawaii, Stanley is closing in on his goal of being a three-dimensional boy once more.


THE NEW VICTORY THEATRE

The New Victory--New York City's first and only full-time theater dedicated to young people. the New Victory is committed to creating ever-widening avenues of opportunity for young people, their families and teachers to grow professionally and personally through the arts.

Bello Mania

April 4 - 20 

Nock Nock. Who's there? Back by popular demand, it's Demetrius Alexandro Claudio Amadeus Bello Nock, the gravity-defying dude with the foot-high hair. Returning to the New Vic stage (and his 44-foot sway pole) in BELLO MANIA, "America's Best Clown" (TIME Magazine) delivers brand new wacky antics and favorite daredevil tricks.

Whether you're coming back for more or seeing it for the first time, 2013 Drama Desk nominee BELLO MANIA is bound to be the HIGHlight of your spring break.

Ages  4+


NEWSIES  The MUSICAL

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.

Newsies is inspired by the real-life 'Newsboy Strike of 1899,' when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers

 


NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC YOUNG PEOPLE'S CONCERTS

Each season, the Young People's Concerts take a different approach to explore fundamental musical concepts and the cultural history of classical music. Over the four-concert series, children discover pieces from the entire repertory down to the newest works, while experiencing the inner workings of a major orchestra in a captivating, multimedia format.

Young People’s Concert 2013 - Brahm's Piano Concerto No. 1
A work of genius contains a wealth of past influences along with the seeds of new musical growth. This season, each Young People’s Concert focuses on a single great score, through which we will explore facets of music and the orchestra itself, with host Theodore Wiprud.

Johannes Brahms struggled for years to complete his first major orchestral work. It finally took the form of a concerto for piano and orchestra that still sounds brash and uncompromising

Saturday, April 12th @ 2 pm

 


NEW YORK CITY BALLET FAMILY SATURDAYS

Saturday morning presentations designed especially for family audiences. Featuring short works and excerpts from New York City Ballet's diverse repertory, NYCB artists guide you through the program, offering insights on the music and choreography. These performances are the perfect introduction to New York City Ballet and the world of classical dance! Appropriate for families with children ages 5 and older

Saturday May 10th @ 11 am

An Exploration of Choreography: What is choreography and what does a choreographer do? NYCB artists will answer these questions and more as they guide you through excerpts from NYCB's vast repertory

Hosted by Principal Dancer Daniel Ulbricht.


NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET

New York Theatre Ballet’s mission is to perform small classic masterpieces and new contemporary works for adults and innovative hour-long ballets for young children, all at affordable prices. The mission is carried out in the work of the Professional Company, its Ballet School NY and its LIFT Community Service Program. Together these divisions reach adults and family audiences across the country building a love for dance and diverse audiences for the future.

Carnival of the Animals & Sleeping Beauty's Wedding

May 10th @ 1 pm  

May 11th @ 11 am, 1 pm & 3:30 pm

In a Magical forest, Queen Diana and her shaggy lion rule a charming assortment of animals who live more or less peaceably until a pair of lost children wander in. And then the fun begins.

"New York Theatre Ballet knows how to delight audience young and old. With dazzling choreography performed by talented dancers, the company gives the timeless tale of Cinderella a fresh face..."- Show Business


 

OPERA FOR KIDS

L'elisir D'amore

April 5 & 6 @ 11 am

Mr. Capasso introduces children to the fundamentals of opera and each of the selected scenes is sung by Dicapo’s Resident Artists in costume and with sets to the accompaniment of a piano. Either before the performance or between key events Mr. Capasso elucidates the plot, hints at the complexities of the theatre’s stagecraft, and fires children’s imagination with a taste of grit and magic. The secret to the success of these presentations lays in the fact that Mr. Capasso and his performers never resort to over-simplification

After each performance the children participate in a lively exchange with the singers and crew and are able to ask questions about what they’ve just seen and how things get done. The company’s highly popular one-hour “Opera for Kids” presentations, led with great flair by Mr. Capasso, are aimed at children four years old and up.

 


PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE CHILDREN'S THEATRE

Perfect for ages 3 to 12, the Children's Theater series hosts charming, delightful, and educational performances filled with audience participation and adventure.

Charlotte's Web

Saturday April 26th @ 10 am

Based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte, this endearing musical explores true meaning of friendship.

Seussical

Sunday April 27th @ 10 am

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters and stories hit the stage in this unforgettable musical adventure by Broadway veterans Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. The noble Horton the Elephant, the one-feathered bird Gertrude McFuzz, and the antics of the Cat in the Hat steal the spotlight in one of Theatreworks' largest-scale productions to date!

An Autism/Sensory-Friendly Performance planned in cooperation with Autism New Jersey and the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University.   AutismRibbon

Ages 4+

 

 


PEACE, LOVE AND CUPCAKES - THE MUSICAL

March 15th - April 27th

Kylie Carson has a problem. She loves monsters movies, zombies thrillers, and vampire sagas but her classmates at her new school avoid her like the Creature from the Black Lagoon! To sweeten up her image Kylie starts a Cupcake Club. With the help of her new friends they begin spinning out tasty treats. But when Meredith, the most popular girl in school, tries to sabotage the big cupcake party, it may spell the end of the Cupcake Club. Based on the hit chapter book Peace Love and and Cupcakes, The Cupcake Club by Sheryl Berk and her 11-year-old daughter Carrie Berk.

Ages 6 - 12


 

 

PERCUSSION PEOPLE

Come as the group takes you on a journey through the family of percussion instruments. Remember a percussion instrument is anything you can Scrape! Shake! or Strike! to produce a sound. The group will play a variety of traditional percussion instruments such as marimba, xylophone, rope drum, drumset, bongos and djembe just to name a few.

In addition, the group will play some not so standard percussion instruments - so beware! This interactive family concert includes an instrument building workshop prior to the concert where audience members not only enjoy the music but help to create it. The group of rebel-rousing musicians led by music director Michael Sgouros includes 11 year-old percussionist Emily Sgouros.  

Instrument building workshop at 10:30am


PIGGY NATION - THE MUSICAL

@ the Snapple Theatre Center

Saturdays @ 11am & 5pm & Sundays @ 11am

During the design process of the children’s book Piggy Nation A Day At Work With Dad, author Richard Rosser began reading his book to elementary school classes, which led to performing assemblies for large groups of students. The kids responded so positively that it inspired Rosser to adapt the story into a full-length musical with twelve songs and a cast of twenty. Expanding on the children’s book, he added elements of romance and treachery. With composer Alec Wells (theoutsidejoke.com), the two crafted a musical richly layered with Blues, Zydeco, Rock, Rap and Gospel influences.  Full of lessons in thoughtfulness and consideration, it's an hour-long musical perfect for kids ages

Ages 3-10 and their parents and grandparents.

 


PIRATE PETE'S PARROT

In the tradition of the wildly popular English pantomime shows (first produced in the 1700's and still popular today), Pirate Pete's Parrot promises music, mischief, and a boatload of laughs for both children and adults.

The play revolves around Pirate Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot, Polly (who prefers pancakes to boring old birdseed). Upon setting out, Pete decides it can't hurt to pick up some buried treasure as well, to help make the month's rent. Armed with an endearing crew of misfits like Jolly Roger (the insufferably happy second mate) and Miroslav, the Czech mate (get it?), Pete embarks on a journey complete with songs, sword fights, and plenty of audience interaction

every other SATURDAY @ 2pm


PRINCESS PARTICULAR!

Princess Particular is a little girl who has everything - everything, that is, except her royal parents’ permission to be a ballerina! Our Princess's maids, the Lady in Waiting, and the Chancellor are ready to help make her dream come true - but what will happen when the King and Queen inevitably discover their dancing daughter?

The castle is populated with characters right out of the age-old nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence,” opening the way for witty one-liners and hilarious anachronisms that appeal to both children and attentive attending adults.

every other SATURDAY @ 2pm


PUPPETWORKS , INC.

CINDERELLA

Perrault's godmother of all fairy tales
adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola
(suggested for ages 3 and up)

Jan. 18th  - Apr. 13th

Saturdays & Sundays only @ 12:30 & 2:30 pm

 


 

THE QUANTUM EYE: MAGIC AND MENTALISM SHOW

THE QUANTUM EYE is Sam Eaton's entertaining and fascinating exploration of mentalism, magic, perception and deception, where extraordinary ability and humor blend with the audience to make for a unique performance every time. Join Sam on a journey past the limits of possibility in a show that you will never forget. Magician and Mentalist Sam Eaton has been dazzling New York audiences with his show since 2006, making it the longest-running one-man Off-Broadway magic show in New York.


QUEEN MARLENE'S TOY THEATRE

Follow Queen Marlene of the Toy Museum as she tells the tale of toys from America's past and around the world only to be tricked by Raggedy, the Toy Museum's largest doll, as Raggedy creates mischievous and silly fun! 
See hundreds of old toys from the 1880s-1980s including classic favorites such as Howdy Doody, Shirley Temple, Raggedy Ann, Toy Soldiers, Blocks to Beanie Babies just to name a few. 

Perfect for ages 4 years old and up, and for adults who are still young at heart. The show is interactive, engaging and educational.

 


RESCUE RUE

April 25th @ 5:30 pm /April 26th @ 11 am & 2 pm /April 27th @ 2 pm

 Inspired by a true story, Rescue Rue is an original musical fairytale with puppets that tells one dog’s journey from shelter to adoption, finding her fur-ever home in New York City. The show is making its world premiere at The New York Children's Theater Festival.

Book by Stacey Weingarten
 Music and Lyrics by
 Kate Steinberg & Joshua Zecher-Ross

Ages 3 - 8


RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA

Four-time Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane’s (Sister Act, Xanadu) delightfully romantic and hilarious take on the ultimate makeover story features all the classic elements you remember—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Rediscover some of Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago" in this outrageously fun Broadway musical for dreamers of all ages.

And not to worry... you'll be home well before the stroke of midnight!

Appropiate 5+ (children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre)


ROULETTE KIDS

Roulette’s educational programming is designed to create dynamic events and workshops that give youth and families the chance to interact with innovative, professional composers, choreographers, and musicians of a variety of genres to foster a new generation of artists and creative minds.

Ho Bynum & Language Music

Saturday April 12th @ 1 pm

Ho Bynum will lead a workshop, using Anthony Braxton‘s principles of Language Music, to introduce young people to ideas of group improvisation and composition using sound and a Lego set to create structures for play. All ages welcome, with special guests from the upcoming production of Braxton’s opera Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables).


 

 

THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE SWEDISH COTTAGE

 

Bessie's Big Shot

January 14th - June 29th

Based on the famed PuppetMobile show of the same name, this popular production will makes its Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre debut! Directed by Bruce Cannon and co-written by Douglas Strich, Alexander Bartenieff and Bruce Cannon, this version of the beloved show will feature several new puppets in addition to new and extended scenes.

 It’s a bird … it’s a plane … no … it’s Bessie the cow!  CPF’s original production, Bessie’s Big Shot, follows Bessie the cow’s dream of joining the circus.  Can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on a trapeze high above the crowd? Train Munson the Monkey?  This variety show cheers Bessie on as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.

Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times

 


SEUSSICAL JR.

April 12th - June 15th

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton’s challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Note: For this version, certain plot elements have been simplified. The show is in one act and runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes – perfect for young audiences.


SING HARLEM SING!

Sing Harlem Sing! is a musical from the creators of Mama I Want to Sing! Set in a happening Harlem nightspot from back in the day, it celebrates the soul-stirring power, energy and enthusiasm of the human voice. The play presents a soulful score including gospel, R&B, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll. You’ll enjoy music from Saturday night and Sunday morning.

 


STEVESONGS

Saturday June 7th @ 11 am

Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for the past eleven years. Steve blends participatory songs, clever stories and great melodies to create what the Boston Globe called “not just a musical journey but an entertaining, interactive and educational one.” Steve’s signature songs are educational and entertaining, silly, but always seriously good music. According to Steve, “The experiment from the beginning was making music that both kids and parents would enjoy, so that it could really be a full family experience.” Steve’s band rocks with accomplished musicians and the ever popular Sensational Sillies, Steve’s talented young backup singers.


 

STOMP
The international percussion sensation that arrived at New York's Orpheum Theatre continues its phenomenal run. A high-energy, percussive symphony, coupled with dance, played entirely on non-traditional instruments, such as garbage can lids, buckets, brooms and sticks.
For ages 8 years and up.

 



 

STORY PIRATES

While many children's theater troupes tell stories to children, The Story Pirates believe that every child has a story to tell. This New York City arts education organization exists entirely because of kids. The group of professional actors, improv comedians and teaching artists uses stories written by elementary students as source material for outrageous, over-the-top, side-splitting musical plays. Adding songs, props, music videos and puppets, they bring to life on stage what children scribble down on paper.

At a typical Story Pirates show, story topics run the gamut, from kung-fu ninja babies fighting crime to the eternal love between the devil and a guy she meets at Starbucks. It's a world where cats sometimes fly and Tickle Monsters have been known to take over the world.

At the end of every sold out show, the entire audience is treated to free ice cream and cookies!


SYMPHONY SPACE FAMILY SERIES

JUST KIDDING: Saturday-morning multi-art series for children
For age 4 and older.

Performances resume October 2014

 

 

 


 

 

TADA YOUTH THEATER

 

SAMANTHA SPADE, ACE DETECTIVE: THE CASE OF THE MALTBALL FALCON

April 26th - May 18th

A WORLD PREMIERE Family Musical performed by kids for kids! Samantha, a lonely kid, imagines a world of black and white full of colorful characters- where she?s the go-to gumshoe who always solves the case! (for $25 a day, plus Twizzlers)

Book & Lyrics by Lisa Diana Shapiro
Music by Georgia Stitt

 


 

TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS FAMILY SERIES

Tribeca PAC offers great programs for the entire family with our Family series. These performances offer parents and kids of all ages the opportunities to enjoy a wide variety of theatrical events including plays, musicals, puppetry, concerts and dance.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Sunday May 11th @ 1:30 pm

Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is brought vividly to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score. Join the intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud. Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure.

Ages 3+

 

 


 

WICKED

Wicked is a musical based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire. It takes place in the Land of Oz, and tells the story of many of the characters before Dorothy arrived. Elphaba, a smart, good-hearted, but misunderstood young woman will green skin, meets the pretty, popular, but snobbish Galinda at school. They become friends, and go on a journey together that takes them to the Emerald City, where they meet the somewhat corrupt Wizard of Oz, and eventually forces them to take different paths in adult life. Elphaba becomes the Wicked Witch of the West, while Galinda becomes Glinda, good witch and ally to the Wizard.

 


THE WIZARD OF OZ

Sunday May 18th @ 2 pm

American Family Theater, one of the nation's leading producers of musicals for young audiences, presents everyone's perennial favorite story of Dorothy's adventures over the rainbow as she follows the yellow brick road with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion towards the Emerald City and the mysterious Wizard who can help her get home.

A Target Storybook Series event recommended for ages four and up.