SF Kids Spotlight: March '07
For family fare, check out the unforgettable children's fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin (March 3-31), written and composed by Bay Area playwright Ron Lytle, at the East Bay Children's Theatre. This is a musical retelling of the beloved story of a miller's daughter who must spin straw into gold in order to impress the king and save her father from embarrassment. She enlists the help of an elf-like man who is able to achieve the impossible task, but the magical elf wants a very special gift.
Seattle Kids Spotlight: March '07
Children can visit with The Musicians of Bremen at SecondStory Repertory, (March 16-April 1) and Peter Pan at Studio East (March 16-April 1). Finally, if kids think Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like, they might be surprised by what they discover at Seattle Children's Theatre (March 23-May 12).
Philadelphia Kids Spotlight: March '07
Storybook Musical Theatre offers some valuable lessons about greed and false promises with their production of Rumpelstiltskin (through March 11). When a Miller brags to the King about his daughter's talent for spinning straw into gold, the young girl is called upon to demonstrate her skill. Unable to perform the task, she relies on Rumpelstiltskin to get her out of the jam. But before he'll do anything for her, Rumpelstiltskin requires the girl to make a promise to him - one she may not be able to keep.
Los Angeles Kids Spotlight: March '07
By Les Spindle
Family highlights this month include Lee Meriwether's musical adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Theatre West, March 31-July 14), and Santa Monica Playhouse's Sugoi! (Cool!), a Japanese-English one-act musical, featuring members of SMP's American Cultural Youth Ambassadors program. It plays at SMP on March 8 prior to its tour to Japan.
Las Vegas Kids Spotlight: March '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.
DC Metro Kids Spotlight: March '07
Black Rock Center for the Arts teams up with Imagination Stage's nationally-acclaimed Deaf Access Company and the National Children's Museum for An Irish Tale (March 17). Performed by an integrated company comprised of deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing teens, the show relates bits of Irish culture through a blend of charming story, sign language, spoken voice, audience participation, traditional music and dance in a production that is visually striking, intellectually stimulating and accessible to both deaf and hearing audiences.
Chicago Kids Spotlight: March '07
A new musical, Chicago Shakespeare Theater's How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? (March 6 - April 22) reveals some universal truths from Aesop's timeless fables. More musical fun can be found at the Apollo Theatre, where Emerald City Theatre Company continues to present Seussical the Musical (through March 30), bringing the world of Dr. Seuss magically to life.
Boston Metro Kids Spotlight: March '07
Puppet Showplace Theatre (PST) offers a variety of puppet programming throughout the month, each with a two-day engagement. Early on, it's Here Come the Clowns (March 7 & 8), a presentation of humorous vignettes from around the world. Later, PST hosts Sadecky's Puppets in a production of Aesop's Fables (March 10 & 11). Classic tales of Aesop are brought to life, including "The Lion and the Tiger" and "The Pig and the Wolf." For fans of the kiddie classics, Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimy (March 17 & 18) puts an interesting spin on some well-known Grimms Fairy Tales, as a janitor uses his sponges, mops and garbage cans to tell the famous stories.
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