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Seattle Kids Spotlight: February '09
Children can visit Little Women at The Attic Theatre (February 13-15) for the touching story of a family. For one non-school performance only, Book-It Repertory is introducing Chicken Sunday (February 21), Patricia Polacco's illuminating story about best friends who come from different religious backgrounds.
SF Kids Spotlight: February '09
Curb your child's sweet fix with a trip to see Willy Wonka Jr. at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, February 12-16. Staged by the Berkeley Playhouse Youth Company, the most edible and whimsical shenanigans abound when a group of children win a golden ticket to a candy factory.
Philadelphia Kids Spotlight: February '09
The Arden Theatre Company is Philadelphia's foremost producer of children's theater, and is currently staging David Wood's stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's popular children's book James and the Giant Peach (through February 8). Wood's adaptation is especially fun for younger kids and adults will be dazzled by Jorge Cousineau's innovative visual effects.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Kids Spotlight: February '09
Audiences of all ages will enjoy the national tour of Annie (Orpheum Theatre, February 12-14), the beloved musical story of an ever-optimistic young orphan girl trying to make her way in New York City. Also perfect for the whole family is the classic musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (February 6-June 20).
LA Kids Spotlight: February '09
The small fry can choose from two separate productions of the fanciful, Tony-nominated musical, A Year With Frog and Toad. Lewis Family Playhouse at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga stages it through February 14. South Coast Repertory's Costa Mesa staging is February 18-March 1.
London Kids Spotlight: February '09
Families may want to stop at the Hackney Empire for The Sponge Who Could Fly, a musical adaptation of -- what else? -- a SpongeBob SquarePants adventure (February 3-8).
Florida Kids Spotlight: February '09
Catch Patrick Flick's musical version of Margery Williams' classic story The Velveteen Rabbit: A New Musical before it closes this month at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater (January 17-February 22). His adaptation will also play at the Maltz Jupiter Theater in Jupiter(February 28).
DC Metro Kids Spotlight: February '09
Shakespeare Theatre Company has a brief offering for the younger set as part of its Youth and Family Series at Harman Hall. Hunchback (February 13-15) tells the tragic story of Quasimodo the hunchback, featuring delicate masks, multiple styles of puppetry, and mechanical towers that enable acrobatic feats.
Chicago Kids Spotlight: February '09
About Face Theatre stages a re-imagined version of John C. Russell's drama of adolescence, Stupid Kids, at the Hoover-Leppen Theater (February 4-March 8), and for a taste of ambition, Nicholas challenges his teacher Mrs. Granger with a new word in Frindle (February 5-13).
Joffrey Ballet to Open Chicago Season with Lar Lubovitch's Othello
Ashley Wheater The Joffrey Ballet, under the leadership of artistic director Ashley Wheater, will begin its season with the local premiere of Lar Lubovitch's Othel