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KID'S NIGHT ON BROADWAY
February 24th - March 2nd
The Broadway League & KNOB National Ambassador
Idina Menzel star of Broadway's new musical "If/Then"
invite you to.......
Kids' Night on Broadway....when young people age 6-18 can see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult
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 1st
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.
ANANSI THE SPIDER
March 3 - 7 @ 10:30 am
From Africa’s Ivory Coast, the clever and funny spider Anansi risks her life to acquire the Tooth of a Leopard, the Stinger of a Hornet and the Wings of a Fairy in order to get back all
of the world’s stories -- which have been stolen by the Sky God.
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 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.
March 23, 29 & 30 @ 11 am & 3 pm
The legacy of cinema’s greatest clown inspires this award-winning theater work by one of Sweden’s leading children’s companies. Based on Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 silent film The Kid, this version blends classic theater techniques with technological innovation, using mime, half-mask, music, film projection, and an inventive set to channel Chaplin’s limitless creativity
Ages 5 - 8
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.
Saturday February 9th @ 11 am
Composer Cy Coleman wrote On the 20th Century with Comden & Green as well as the musicals Seesaw, Little Me, Sweet Charity and Wildcat – which marked the Broadway debut of Lucille Ball – and worked with lyricists Dorothy Fields, Carolyn Leigh and David Zippel. Coleman, whose hit songs include the standards “Witchcraft” and “The Best Is Yet to Come,” is known for bringing a unique jazz sensibility to Broadway.
Ages 4 - 11
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.
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!
Leave it to Ludwig / March 16th @ 2 pm
Beethoven’s instrumental music creates powerful stories. But what is the tale? His music tells of everyday human life, full of action and emotions. Beethoven himself will appear in Alice Tully Hall to help a young pianist play his music as he meant it to be played.
Featuring the music of Beethoven
THE CHOCOLATE SHOW!
February 1 - April 16
On the final night of her reign as World Queen of the Cocoa Bean, the glamorous and eccentric Cookie Conwell fulfills her lifelong dream of hosting The Chocolate Show!, where she must choose her successor.
Who will be the next to wear the solid chocolate crown? How will Cookie handle the transfer of power? And, oh yeah, is chocolate really bad for dogs? These pressing questions and more are answered in this 90-minute mouth-watering musical comedy celebrating the world's favorite obsession.
Join Cookie and the fabulous Chocolate Layer Players for this delicious theatrical event filled with catchy songs, hilarious comedy sketches, audience participation (volunteer-only) and, of course, lots of chocolate!
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
February 1 - March 9
Saturdays @ 11 am - Sundays @ 10:30 am
The fairy tale features such elements as the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the characters of the evil queen and the seven dwarfs, who were first given individual names in the Broadway play Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1912) and then given different names in Walt Disney's 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Ages 6 - 12
DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.
February 8th - March 30th
Saturday & Sundays @ 2 pm (full week of performances 2/16 - 2/22)
In this popular tale, a spoiled, cruel prince was cursed years ago and turned into a beast. In this strange form he must earn the love of a maiden and learn to love her as well.
At first, she believes him to have no redeeming values, but eventually sees the good in him, despite his flaws. This is, of course, the lesson to be learned from the story, and the universal hope in all of us – that we will meet someone who wants us, despite our flaws.
A "junior" version of the musical for middle and high school students. This version only included a selected number of the songs, including "Belle", "Belle (Reprise)", "Home", "Home (Tag)", "Gaston", "Gaston (Reprise)", "Be Our Guest", "Something There", "Human Again", "Beauty and the Beast", "The Mob Song", "Home (Reprise)", and "Beauty and the Beast (Reprise)".
Dotty Dot: A New Children's Musical! depicts a day in the life of a very bossy little girl and her gang of quirky friends as they adventure to put on a play (which Dotty will OBVIOUSLY direct)!
However, when Dotty gets too bossy and her mother forces her to come inside, will the neighborhood kids be able to work together to save the show?
As Dotty learns the true meaning of friendship, kids young and old will celebrate this hilarious new musical. Filled with memorable songs, colorful characters and valuable lessons, Dotty Dot is a surefire delight for all ages!
every other Saturday @ 2 pm
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?
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.
The Frog Prince
February 1 - 23 / Saturday & Sunday @ 2 pm
Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful princess who had a golden ball. One day, while playing in the garden, the ball fell into a well, in order to get her beloved ball back the princess makes a promise with a frog. The princess must learn to keep her promises and will soon find out that this is no ordinary frog.
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!)
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.
Saturday March 29th @ 11:30 am
One of New York’s fastest rising bands, Caveman, with the recently formed pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band, The Pizza Underground (Macaulay Culkin + friends) will kick off the series. Comedians Seth Herzog (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) and Craig Baldo (Last Comic Standing) host the event.
Kids and their parents will be given the unique opportunity to experience an authentic, awesome and “of the moment” rock show in the comfort of a world class performing arts center in the heart of Greenwich Village. “We love to hear great new music -- and so do our kids.” says Kidrockers founder Beth Lorge. “We want to create an opportunity for kids and parents to discover artists and get to see them play live in a fun, safe and comfortable environment.”
WELCOME TO ALL AGES AND RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 3-13. ADULTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A CHILD.
LA MAMA FOR KIDS
THE WONG KIDS IN THE SECRET OF THE SPACE CHUPACABRA GO!
January 28th - February 16th
By Ma-Yi Theatre Company - Co-created by the Children’s Theatre Company and in partnership with The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Violet and Bruce Wong just don’t fit in with the other Earth kids. Sure, they have super powers, they’re just not very good ones. But when an evil beast called the Space Chupacabra appears, intent on universal destruction, The Wong Kids must travel to outer space in order to stop it… if they can only stop bickering. Using a mix of action-driven storytelling, puppetry, and visual magic, THE WONG KIDS transports its audience into the far reaches of the galaxy
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.
Bach, Beethoven & Brahms (new program) Ages 3 - 5
James Judd, conductor
Saturday March 8th @ 10 & 11:30 am
Sunday March 9th @ 11:30 am & 1:00 pm
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.
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."
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
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.
Measure for Measure
February 28 - March 16
New York's Fiasco Theater sheds new light on one of Shakespeare's darkest comedies with live music and moxie. When the Duke of Vienna disguises himself as a friar among his people, he finds the city unraveling in an ethical free fall. Before he reclaims his dukedom, can he help the chaste Isabella save her brother from the condemnation of the villain Angelo? Last seen on the New Vic stage with their acclaimed production of Cymbeline, Fiasco's creative and collaborative ensemble will once again color complex characters and illuminate perplexing plots to tell this singular tale of morality and manipulation in MEASURE FOR MEASURE
Ages 13 +
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 - 14: Points of Entry
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.
Saturday, February 1st @ 2 pm
Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Britten’s beloved Guide, composed for an educational film in 1946, strikes a unique balance between music of the past and future. Through this work, meet the virtuosic musicians and sections of the New York Philharmonic.
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.
March 1st & 2nd @ 11 am, 1 pm & 3:30 pm
"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
March 8 & 9 @ 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.
Junie B. Jones
Saturday March 22nd @ 10 am
Hurray! Junie B. Jones is finally ready for first grade, at last! But getting used to the whole new group of friends, a new teacher, and new glasses is challenging, even for irrepressible Junie B. Follow her adventures as she writes everything down in her "top-secret personal beeswax" journal.
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 @ 2 pm
PUPPETWORKS , INC.
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.
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’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.
Andrea Williams: LeitFarbe
Saturday March 8th @ 1 pm
Leitfarbe in German means “primary color” or “guiding color”. For this live sound art performance, kids and families are invited to paint with conductive paint– creating lines that complete open circuits that trigger sound samples, creating an immersive and interactive sound environment.
Andrea has led soundwalks in New York and the Bay Area, and has shown and performed both solo and with various musicians at galleries and alternative spaces internationally, such as the Whitney Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, Children’s Creativity Museum, NPR, Miami Art Fair, and the Mamori sound artist residency in the Amazon rainforest.
THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE SWEDISH COTTAGE
Bessie's Big Shot
January 14th - April 1st
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
SID THE SCIENCE KID - LIVE!
Sunday April 6th @ 2 pm
In this new musical adventure based on the popular PBS Kids series, Sid and his friends set off on a day of scientific exploration, asking curious questions and discovering why things work the way they do. Full of audience participation, great music, and content based in national science learning standards, Sid the Science Kid – Live! will have your kids laughing and learning at the same time!
Recommended for ages four and up.
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.
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.
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.
Gustafer Yellowgold's Valentine Ball
Saturday February 15th @ 11 am
Don't miss this insanely creative combination of catchy original songs performed by a live band, accompanying beautifully animated on-screen illustrations of a sun creature and his earthly friends. A perennial Just Kidding favorite, the annual Gustafer Yellowgold experience is not to be missed!
Creator and songwriter Morgan Taylor will get families on their feet for a Valentine's weekend ball, singing songs from the hit DVD Year in the Day and other Gustafer Yellowgold recordings.
TADA YOUTH THEATER
GIFT OF WINTER
January 18th - February 9th 2014
Based on the book of the same title by John Leach & Jean Rankin
In a far-away land, a long, long time ago, townsfolk travel to the Ministry of Winter to lodge a formal complaint to save the world from the coldest season. Featuring TADA! favorites: "The Answer is Snow" and "Down with Winter"
Book by Michael Slade, Music by David Evans, Lyrics by Faye Greenberg
A (TOOTH) FAIRY TALE
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.
Leo Lionni's Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch
Saturday March 15th @ 1:30 pm
Leo Lionni’s exquisitely crafted Caldecott Honor books are translated to puppet theatre through the gentle storytelling style which has earned international acclaim for Mermaid Theatre. Swimmy is a tiny fish who uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a poetic mouse, makes everyday life an artful experience. A lovable inchworm shares his facility for measuring absolutely everything. The show features an assortment of innovative puppetry styles and imaginative lighting techniques as well as an original musical score.
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.