SF Kids Spotlight: January '07
Always a family favorite, Lionel Bart's famed musical Oliver! (January 12-27) takes hold of the Stage 1 Community Theatre in Newark. Directed by Barbara Williams, this perennial charmer is based on Charles Dickens' novel about a precocious orphan boy whose street smarts and natural charm eventually yields great riches.
Philadelphia Kids Spotlight: January '07
By Cooper Robb
As a longtime company member at People's Light & Theatre Company, Peter DeLaurier is best known for his skills as an actor. But he is also a playwright of note, and this month PLTC is producing the world premiere of his adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's literary classic Anne of Green Gables (January 18-February 11). Montgomery's tale concerns a young girl who is reluctantly taken in by a stodgy brother and sister who need help running their small farm. It's the perfect family fare.
LA Kids Spotlight: January '07
By Les Spindle
Family-friendly fare this month includes The Falcon Theatre's new kids-oriented musical comedy The Root Beer Bandits (January 20-March 25); the evergreen Broadway musical Annie at the Orange County Performing Arts Center (January 30-February 11); and the ever-busy Santa Monica Playhouse's new spin on old fairy tales called And Awaaay We Go to Wonderland! (January 30-February 11).
London Kids Spotlight: January '07
By Dan Bacalzo
You've heard the expression "men are pigs," right? Well, this one happens to be an enchanted prince whom Princess Flora seeks to free from the evil spell before she marries him. Based on a Romanian folktale, The Enchanted Pig is a terrifically tuneful family show, presented by the Young Vic company (December 1-January 27).
Las Vegas Kids Spotlight: January '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.
Chicago Kids Spotlight: January '07
January offers competing versions of Homer's tale of the adventures of Ulysses, both of which are suitable for younger audiences. A highly visual adult version of The Odyssey by adaptor/director Mary Zimmerman has been cut down to family length and size by Lookingglass Theatre Company, where it's performed by an ensemble of adolescent actors (January 21-March 28), while Vittum Theatre offers The Search for Odysseus (January 27-February 18).