A new version of the classic story set in depression-era Kentucky narrated by Bradley Whitford (in a special video performance) and featuring the rollicking bluegrass sounds of The Get Down Boys. Multiple award-winning 24th Street Theatre (Walking the Tightrope, Man Covets Bird) specializes in sophisticated theater with emotional depth that appeals to kids as well as adults — appropriate for ages 8+.
Come along on a rip-roaring adventure on the high seas in Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies' Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. Come listen to gentleman Louis de Rougemont as he regales you with his story of bravery and survival, chock-full of exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus -- of course, not all of it might be true, but that doesn't stop Louis! This tall tale was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Play in 2009. Now International City Theatre brings this entertaining yarn for the whole family to the stage in Long Beach. This show is appropriate for ages 5 and above. Everyone needs a ticket. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES ON TICKET PURCHASES
Following extended sold-out engagements around the world, Cavalia is back with its latest equestrian and acrobatic extravaganza: Odysseo. With a production double the size of the original, Odysseo marries equestrian and stage arts with high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels and leads you on a fabulous journey to discover some of the planet's most unforgettable landscapes. You'll be transported to a whole new level of beauty, grace and magic, this time featuring 70 magnificent horses and 45 artists from all over the globe. Odysseo is the world's largest touring production and has the largest touring tent on Earth, the biggest stage, the most breathtaking visual effects and the greatest number of horses at liberty. Be prepared to be amazed and enchanted when Cavalia's Odysseo gallops into Irvine!
Show your kids what the magic of live theater is all about with this performance of a story they probably already know by heart. Sleeping Beauty comes alive on stage thanks to the talented performers at Storybook Theatre, featuring original songs and tons of audience participation. The beloved fairy tale follows a princess who, as a child, is cursed by a dark fairy to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into a deathlike sleep. Children will get a chance to hide Beauty from the evil fairy, and help the prince in his quest. Featuring lots of laughs and thrills, this tale is perfect for the entire family.
Panto at The Playhouse, now in its fifth year, has become a “must do” holiday tradition for Southern California residents. Cinderella Christmas is the latest Holiday Spectacular presented by Lythgoe Family Productions in the style of the traditional British Panto. A Panto is interactive holiday fun for all ages, and the timeless tale of Cinderella will feature comedy, magic, dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance,” and contemporary music from Taylor Swift to the Bee Gees. “Those who have never been to a panto will have a glorious introduction to the form.” – Los Angeles Times. Panto at The Playhouse productions have featured luminaries from the worlds of music, theatre and television, including Sabrina Carpenter, John O’Hurley, Ariana Grande, Ben Vereen, Olivia Holt and Lucy Lawless.
A perfect anecdote to a dreary January is this timeless story, which has been a staple of children's literature for over 100 years. This award-winning adaptation stays true to the cherished book, where a cantankerous and orphaned Mary Lennox is taken away from her home in India to live with her reclusive uncle in the Yorkshire Moors. With the help of a robin (played by a puppet in the production) and new friends, Mary discovers a garden that changes her life, and that of those around her. Recommended for Ages 7 and up.
The spring brings a fun confection from the hilarious writing team behind the very popular The Three Little Pigs, a highlight of MainStreet's 2014/2015 season. In this light-hearted show, when the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem! Featuring an unforgettable score and some contemporary twists to a classic story every child knows and loves, this humorous adaptation is "just right" for the whole family! Recommended for ages 4 and up.