London Kids Spotlight: November '06
Monster Productions presents A Handful of Sand at the Chelsea Theatre (November 28-December 23). A child's sandpit games are magically transformed into a desert adventure, a place where ancient riddles, mysterious mirages and eastern adventures hide around every corner and nothing is quite as it seems.
Seattle Kids Spotlight: November '06
There's great family fare in the 'burbs: SecondStory Repertory's production of Anything Goes (November 2-December 2) and Village Theatre's revival of the beloved Bye Bye Birdie (November 8-January 21). You can also consider the poignant, funny and heartwarming Bud, Not Buddy at Book-It Repertory Theatre (November 28-December 23) in which a 10-year-old boy journeys to find his father.
SF Kids Spotlight: November '06
Over at the War Memorial Opera House, families can watch an abridged version of Rossini's The Barber of Seville (November 5), staged by the San Francisco Opera to accommodate all ages (although it is recommended for children over the age of 12). The two-hour production is narrated in English, while the opera's score is sung in Italian and translated with supertitles.
Philadelphia Kids Spotlight: November '06
Arden Theatre Company brings award-winning author Roald Dahl's beloved tale of The BFG to life (or is that larger than life?). Young orphan Sophie teams up with 24-foot Big Friendly Giant to save the children of England from menacing, decidedly unfriendly giants. The show is full of zany, mixed-up language, fantastical dreamscapes, and eye-popping puppets created by acclaimed Philadelphia puppeteer Aaron Cromie (November 29, 2006 - January 21, 2007).
LA Kids Spotlight: November '06
By Les Spindle
Two classic tales by Roald Dahl highlight the family entertainment scene. At Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration on Tour presents Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka (November 24-26), with music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, based on Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. while South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa offers David Wood's adaptation of Dahl's James and the Giant Peach (November 3-19).
DC Metro Kids Spotlight: November '06
For family audiences, The Kennedy Center has an adaptation of Katie Couric's children's book The Brand New Kid (November 17-December 10), a world premiere musical recommended for kids five and up. The musical follows a perky boy as he begins his first day of second grade and is teased because he looks and speaks differently. In addition, the Olney Theatre Center in Maryland has Cinderella (November 15-December 24), the Disney cartoon turned by Rodgers and Hammerstein into a TV special and then a stage musical.
Chicago Kids Spotlight: November '06
The Chicago Children's Theatre opens its inaugural season this month with Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine, which is not a children's work at all, although it will be accessible to all but the youngest audience members (Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, November 10-December 31).
Boston Kids Spotlight: November '06
Boston Children's Theatre combines its new informal interactive "snack theatre" genre with its 57-year tradition of "live theatre for children by children" in Bears, Bears Everywhere. Mama, Papa, Baby, Pooh, and other favorite bears march and mingle their adventures in and amongst audience members seated at tables (Grand Lodge of Masons, November 11-25).
Balsam, Gross, Mathis, et al. Set for Free Reading of From Up Here
Talia Balsam (© Joseph Marzullo/Retna) Talia Balsam, Scott Ferrara, Emily Grace, Halley Wegryn Gross, Samantha Mathis, Will Rogers, Matthew Stadelmann, and Joel
Lili Taylor to Star in Reading of Itamar Moses' Celebrity Row
Lili Taylor (© Joseph Marzullo/Retna) Lili Taylor, Firdous Bamji, Arliss Howard, Richard Montoya, and Paul Sparks will star in a free staged reading of Itamar M