LA Kids Spotlight: May '07
By Les Spindle
Family audience fare includes Anne of Green Gables, presented by the Laguna Playhouse's Youth Theatre program (May 11-20), and Santa Monica Playhouse Young Professional Company's musical The Silver Key: A Search for a Way Out (May 25-31), set in a magical world and intended for audiences age eight to adult.
London Kids Spotlight: May '07
Watermans Arts Centre is being turned into a child's weekend wonderland. Saturdays feature family cinema and drama workshops while Sundays are ripe with dance classes and theatre. During May, catch the Theatre of Widdershins production of The King's Got Donkey Ears (May 6). This tale of mythical mayhem and asinine antics is lovingly retold with Widdershins' unique blend of puppetry, storytelling and original music. A perfect treat for the May Day Bank Holiday!
Las Vegas Kids Spotlight: May '07
Forget the pricey pyrotechnics of Cirque du Soleil, and run over to Circus Circus to see amazing feats at The World's Largest Permanent Circus. Every half hour from 11am to midnight, every single day, world-renowned circus acts perform live. Different acts perform at each interval, so you can get hours of enchanting family-friendly entertainment for free.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner's Love & Other Social Issues to Play L.A.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner Love & Other Social Issues, written by and starring Malcolm-Jamal Warner, will play the Assistance League Playhouse in Los Angeles, June 1
Florida Kids Spotlight: May '07
For family entertainment, there's plenty to choose from. People Fair Productions presents Disney's extremely popular High School Musical at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (May 3-5). At the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, choose from either Franklin's Class Concert (May 5) or Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, adapted and directed by Vyatcheslav Dolgachev from a translation by Aleksandr Kheyfets (May 5-6). Finally, Theatreworks USA presents the lively musical Junie B. Jones on May 6 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
DC Metro Kids Spotlight: May '07
African Continuum Theatre Company has an offering that they suggest you might wish to take the kids to see. The Oracle (May 10-June 3) is Ed Shockley's tale of a young African princess on a long journey; she meets magical characters, faces serious challenges, and returns home with a new understanding of her role in the world. Live actors and puppets tell the story at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
Chicago Kids Spotlight: May '07
Two of the month's musicals are family-oriented fare, even if one wouldn't take the really young ones: The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire opens the much-loved anti-War musical Shenandoah (May 2-July 1), while the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents The Fantasticks at the MacAninch Arts Center in West Suburban Glen Ellyn (May 4-26).
Boston Metro Kids Spotlight: May '07
Anyone with pint-size companions, and even those without, must absolutely not miss the return engagement of Frogz! at the Cutler Majestic (May 30-June 3). Seattle's Imago Theatre wowed audiences as guests of ART two years ago, and who knows when they'll be hopping this way again.