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Audiences 2 to 102 will have so much fun saving Halloween as they take a musical comedy journey with a bevy of delightful characters, learning super lessons about life, love, laughter, and sugar along the way. This charming Rudie-DeCarlo holiday classic enlists the audience's aid in helping the aptly named Candy, a sweet young girl who goes on a magical adventure to save everyone's favorite holiday for one more year.
Halloween month special: Come in costume and get two-for-one tickets for any future Family Theatre show AND on Saturday, October 31, there's free face-painting for kids and adults before the show! Birthday and tea parties, hosted by a gaily costumed member of the Absolutely Halloween company, are available in conjunction with every performance.
Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Rose is an updated version of the classic tale in the style of a traditional British family pantomime. The show features family-friendly magic with a comedic twist, dancing (with So You Think You Can Dance alums), contemporary music, and more.
Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, spectacular special effects and scary ghosts, it's no wonder the critics have called it "THE Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area." Join the thousands who make this theatrical event a part of their annual holiday traditions.
Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 20th year, this family favorite features the songs "This Time of Year," "Santa for a Day," and "Fah Who Doraze," the delightful carol from the popular cartoon adaptation. Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.
Note: As in years past, The Grinch will be performed on Saturday, December 9, at 10:30am for children on the autism spectrum and their families as well as other families with special needs who may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides.
Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages. Inspired by the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh ("the book of kings"), this action-packed tale follows star-crossed lovers Zaul and Rudabeh, who triumph at the end against all odds. Hamid Rahmanian's graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the region, are rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography, and digital animation, all of which come to life in a "live animation" on a cinema-size screen.
Note: This show is suitable for ages five and up.
Theatergoers with a love for beer and delicious eats are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego's finest food trucks, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting!!!!
In this charming musical adaptation of Frederick, the award-winning book by Leo Lionni, summer is quickly turning to fall and all the mice are out collecting supplies for the cold winter that lies ahead — all except for Frederick, who seems to have his head in the clouds, or so it would appear. When winter finally arrives, it is Frederick who has stored something special that helps save the day. With a foot-tapping score that adds to the fun, Frederick is a perfect introduction to musical theater for our youngest audiences.
Seven-year-old orphan Pip's encounter with an escaped convict begins a series of events that will change his life forever. Some of Charles Dickens' most memorable characters are vividly brought to life in this anarchic and joyful one-man adaptation of the classic tale.
Note: This show is suitable for ages 10 and up.
From the composer and lyricist of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
Filled with world-class magic, fantastic storytelling, audience participation, and incredible live music by Céline Dion's concert cellist, this intimate performance weaves original, thought-provoking illusions, wit, humor, and dazzling live music together with an entertaining theatrical twist.
In this hilarious, musical take on the afterlife, los muertitos — the dead — can't wait to get back to earth on Día de los Muertos — and La Muerte can't wait to finally have a day to relax! But when one soul isn't ready to go back, everyone's holiday is in danger!
When Kris Kringle, a nice, old man from a retirement home, gets a job working as a Christmas Santa at Macy's, his honest and generous spirit unleashes waves of goodwill throughout New York City, and a hint of magic in the heart of a very practical little girl. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy's vocational counselor, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing where his freedom and the joys of childhood fantasy are at stake. This holiday tale is one we want to believe in, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards. Share this perennial holiday favorite with the entire family this season!
The heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940s-era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he's the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Watch the miracle unfold when the belief of a little girl makes all the difference in this iconic story. Staged with live foley effects and a score of favorite holiday tunes, Miracle on 34th Street is sure to melt even the most cynical of hearts.
Peter Pan and Tinker Bell — A Pirates Christmas is a flying, singing, and swashbuckling holiday adventure performed in the style of a British panto. Step into the Balboa Theatre and embark on a wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy, and Peter Pan as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook. Filled with big laughs, magic, dancers, and contemporary songs by everyone from Taylor Swift to the Bee Gees, this family show has a little bit of something for everyone.
Fun (and appropriate) for everyone from 2 to 200 years old, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation. Because there's a rotating cast, audiences see different performers and games each week.
This faithful adaptation of the classic Dahl story pits a young boy against child-hating witches who are holding a conference at an English seaside hotel. During their struggle, the boy is turned into a mouse, but with the help of his loving grandmother, he manages to spoil the witches' evil plot, saving the rest of the world's children from suffering the same fate!
Based on the popular children's book of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden follows the story of Mary Lennox, a young British girl born and raised in colonial India. When the 11-year-old's parents die in a cholera outbreak, she is sent to Yorkshire to live with a reclusive uncle, his invalid son — and a host of ghosts, spirits, and lost souls inhabiting Mary's new home. With the help of the spirits, Mary and a young gardener uncover the mystery of the manor's magical garden, bringing life to the neglected estate as Mary's own personality blossoms alongside the flowers. Filled with amazing music, elegant choreography, and a heartwarming story of forgiveness and renewal, The Secret Garden is the quintessential holiday musical for all ages.
Shen Yun is dedicated to reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization by bringing its profound spirit to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Shen Yun combines ancient legends with technological innovations, historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops, and classical Chinese dance with expressive storytelling, to share beautifully diverse ethnic and folk traditions with you. Filled with an enchanting orchestral sound, this is a mesmerizing experience you won't find anywhere else.
"Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing?" The much-loved children's book is brought to life in a colorful, captivating live musical sure to capture the attention of little ones, their mom, dad, and grandparents!
A concert performance of the 1971 film adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls (WoW) Festival showcases immersive and site-based work. Like previous WoW Festivals, the 2017 edition features multiple performances by acclaimed local, national, and international artists, along with a selection of family-friendly offerings. Confirmed projects include Super Night Shot by the Berlin-based Gob Squad, which takes place at the San Diego Public Library, and a Playhouse-commissioned performative installation titled Model Home by 2017 Tony Award-winning scenic designer and MacArthur "Genius" Grant winner Mimi Lien (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), which takes place at Horton Plaza Park. The WoW Festival also features projects by such local companies as Sledgehammer Theatre and the storytelling group So Say We All, as well as a new version of the 2015 WoW Festival's popular interactive family adventure, The Quest 3.0.