Family fare for April is highlighted by two shows offered at Santa Monica Playhouse: Beauty and the Beast, in a new adaptation by Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie (April 10-June 20), and And Awaaay We Go to Wonderland (April 4), in which favorite fairy tales are turned upside down.
Family fare includes the internationally acclaimed clown Slava Plumin in the Off-Broadway extravaganza Slava's Snowshow (UCLA's Royce Hall, December 12-January 7); the Actors' Gang's annual offering Holidays on the Sea II (Ivy Substation in Culver City, December 2-17), and the Santa Monica Playhouse presentation of Evelyn Rudie-Chris DeCarlo musical romp All About Santa (through December 21).
Theater that will appeal to family audiences includes Laguna Playhouse's Youth Theatre production of the musical Honk! (through April 9), based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Ugly Duckling and Santa Monica Playhouse's All the World's a Stage (opening April 8), a new musical written and directed by Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie, replete with magic, fairies, mistaken identity, romance, humor, and audience participation.
As the year-end holidays approach, there's a lot of family fare on tap. The Kirk Douglas Theatre brings us Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz's A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (opening Nov. 19), based on a short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. about two children who meet a man who they believe is an angel. South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa offers Bunnicula (opening November 11), described as a rabbit tale of mystery and music. Santa Monica Playhouse's musical matinee series gets an early start on the yuletide season with All About Santa (opening Nov. 5), Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCarlo's frolic about a mysterious visitor to the North Pole. Finally, The Orange County Performance Arts Center hosts Dora's Pirate Adventure (opening November 2), a swashbuckling adventure with a plucky heroine.