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Curtain Call: Spring Children’s Theater Around Philly and the Main Line

Enjoy one or more of these kid-friendly local productions.

Kids love live concerts and shows, and we’re lucky to have some great companies and theaters in our area! Here’s what’s coming up for the spring and early summer.

‘The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.’

Through April 14

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This fun-filled musical is based on the popular children’s book series about a kid who dreams of adventure, and then gets his wish when he wakes up flat and can easily travel all over the world by envelope! Tickets are $15-18

‘Snow White’

Through June 3

Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Two actors perform all the roles in this world premiere production of the beloved fairy tale. Look for our review later this week!

‘The Little Mermaid’

Through May 20, every Sunday at noon

Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

This one-hour musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story is billed as a “pleasant” performance with no villains, suitable for ages 4 and up. Tickets are $12 — $15.

‘Seussical’

April 12 — 14, 7:30 pm

April 14, 2 pm

Great Valley High School, 225 North Phoenixville Pike, Malvern

 

This is a fun, accessible production of the cute musical based on the beloved author’s goofy books. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

‘Snow White’

April 14: 11 am (sensory-friendly performance) and 3 pm; April 15, 3 pm: Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

April 21, 1 pm: The Ware Center, Millersville University, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster

 

The Pennsylvania Ballet brings turns the fairy tale into a one-hour ballet, danced by members of the Pennsylvania Ballet II company and students from the ballet’s school. It’s appropriate for kids ages 5 to 12; tickets are $20.

‘Dragons Love Tacos’

April 14, 10:30 am: State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton

April 21, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm: Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside

May 22, 10:30 am: Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St., Philadelphia

 

This funny, adorable book comes to the stage in a 50-minute show that will have your kids rolling in the aisles.

‘Newsies’

April 18 — June 10

Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

Inspired by the Newsboy Strike of 1899, this Disney musical is full of great songs and dance routines. Tickets are $33 — $58.

‘Junie B. Jones: The Musical’

April 20, 7 pm

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill

 

Theatreworks presents a musical based on the popular books. Tickets are $10-12 (UDPAC members save $1).

‘Peter and the Wolf’

April 21, 10:30 am

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

The Philadelphia Orchestra brings this kid-pleasing and educational show to a family-friendly Saturday morning time slot. Tickets are $19 — $48.

‘Zuzz the Alien Needs Your Help’

April 21 — 29, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm

Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler

 

This original show, for ages 4 and up, is part puzzle, part play. As the title suggests, the goal is to get Zuzz home, and the audience’s skills are needed. Tickets are $10 — $18.

‘Wild Kratts Live!’

April 22, 1:30 and 5 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

The Kratt brothers put on a great show, with virtual help from their Tortuga colleagues and some of their show’s meanest villains. Tickets are $30 — $54.

‘The Lightning Thief’

April 23, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm

Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside

 

This Theatreworks production of the musical based on the popular books is recommended for all ages. Tickets are $9.50 — $14.25.

‘The Sound of Music’

April 24 — 29

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

You’ve seen the movie as a family, now see the Broadway Philadelphia production! This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is recommended for kids ages 5 and older. Tickets start at $40.

‘Prince Charming’

April 28, 11 am

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill

 

The Pennsylvania Ballet II performs this take on Sleeping Beauty from the prince’s perspective. Tickets are $10-13; UDPAC members save $1.

‘Godspell’

May 3 and 4, 7 pm

May 5, 2 and 7 pm

May 6, 2 pm

Wolf Performing Arts Center, 1240 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Wolf PAC revives the 70s musical based on the gospel according to Matthew with actors in sixth through 12th grades. Tickets are $15.

 

‘PAW Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure!’

May 4, 11 am and 6 pm; May 5, 10 am, 2 pm, and 6 pm; May 6, 2 and 6 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

The hugely popular TV show comes to life in a fun production. Tickets are $24 — $150.

‘Charlotte’s Web’

May 7, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm

Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside

 

Sniffle your way through this production of E.B. White’s lovely (but heartbreaking!) tale. Recommended for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Tickets are $9.50.

‘Aladdin’

May 9 — 20

Gratz College Theater, 7605 Old York Road, Elkins Park

 

The Storybook Musical Theatre presents a kid-friendly Take on the fun story. Tickets are $12 for kids and $14 for adults.

Philadelphia Children’s Festival

May 17 — 19

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

The 33rd edition of this festival is bursting with kid-friendly shows, from My Father’s Dragon from the Enchantment Theater Company to the Human Alphabet Workshop from dance powerhouse Pilobolus. PlazaMania, the festival’s outdoor area, has lots for kids to do, too.

‘Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.’

May 18 and 19, 7 pm; May 20, 2:30 and 5 pm

Rosemont College’s Rotwitt Theatre, 103 Curwin Circle, Bryn Mawr

 

See the Disney version of the Lewis Carroll book performed by third, fourth, and fifth graders in the Wolf Performing Arts Center’s theater program. Tickets are $10.

‘Hansel and Gretel’s Candy Capers’

May 19, 11 am and 3 pm

Rosemont College’s Rotwitt Theatre, 103 Curwin Circle, Bryn Mawr

 

This show features Wolf Performing Arts Center first and second graders, with lots of show-stopping songs. Tickets are $10.

Philadelphia Annual Festival of the Arts (PIFA)

May 31 — June 10

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and various locations, Philadelphia

 

This huge festival always has something fun for kids, plus plenty of reasons to get a babysitter and have an adults-only adventure. Check back for a full preview closer to the event.

‘Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr.’

June 7 and 8, 7 pm

June 9, 11 am and 2 pm

Bluett Theater of St. Joseph’s University, 56th Street and Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Another Wolf Performing Arts Center production featuring third through fifth grade students. Tickets are $10.

‘Aladdin’

June 13 — July 1

Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Another Broadway Philadelphia production brings the Disney stage musical version of the Disney movie musical to Philly. Unobstructed view tickets start at $75.

‘Seussical’

June 15, 7:30 pm

June 16, 2 and 7:30 pm

June 17, 2 pm

Bluett Theater of St. Joseph’s University, 56th Street and Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Wolf Performing Arts Center students in sixth through 12th grades put on the charming show based on the family favorite author. Tickets are $15.

 

 

Lead photograph by Mark Garvin, courtesy Walnut Street Theatre. 

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