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Grown-ups welcome

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Seven at One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid

This is the season when grandma and grandpa, mom and dad, all look for entertainment that will please their youngsters. Lots of shows, like Balanchine’s Nutcracker at NYCB, are not just kid- but also adult-friendly. Here is a short list of some of the things you might want to do to occupy the holidays:

Bookish children will enjoy hearing their favorite authors read to them in Symphony Space’s interactive Thalia Kids Book Club series, produced in cooperation with Bank Street Bookstore. The series unites eager young readers with the creators of the books that inspire their imaginations. Each event includes a creative writing project, a discussion with the audience, and fun.

On December, 2 Newbery Award-winning author Katherine Paterson visits the series, and on Monday, December 4, Neil Patrick Harris will celebrate his middle-grade novel The Magic Misfits. More events, including a Judy Blume birthday celebration, are planned for winter and spring 2018.

Click on the link above for more information.

Christmas Past, Future and Present will make their appearance in a new site-specific parlor performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol taking place in the Chelsea townhouse and theater space, Torn Page from Thursday November 30 to Friday December 15.

Produced by Origin Theatre Company, the one-man version of the story, uses an adaptation of Dickens’ own little-used original performance text. The Origin’s A Christmas Carol features the distinguished African-American opera singer and actor Elmore James, and is directed by Erwin Maas and is set in the Chelsea home of the actors Rip Torn and Geraldine Page. The immersive staging transforms the Chelsea home, filling the 19th century townhouse with the sights, sounds and smells of both a large Victorian home, and a more modest dwelling circa 1853. Mince pie and mulled wine, prepared on the premises, will be served during the performance. A small, multi-racial chorus singing period carols, will also evoke the season.

More information can be found on the Origin Theatre’s website.

This December, Axis Theatre Company will present the 16th annual production of its beloved family holiday show, Seven in One Blow, or the Brave Little Kid. Written and directed by Axis Artistic Director Randy Sharp in an adaptation of the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, this festive, interactive winter play was created for kids, but resonates equally well for adults and features a Video Cameo from Debbie Harry.

Axis will stage Seven in One Blow, or the Brave Little Kid on Fridays at 7pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm, with an additional performance on Tuesday, December 19 at 7pm.

Click on the link to the Axis webpage above to find out more.

Puppetry that blends the avant-garde, pirates and Pinocchio at Just Kidding.
During the 2017-18 season at Symphony Space, families are invited to experience marionette shows with three acclaimed practitioners: November brings the antic Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers in Everybody Loves Pirates; December will see the expert National Marionette Theatre with the children’s classic Pinocchio, and the New Year brings the ingenious Milo the Magnificent to the stage.

Information and tickets is found on the links above.

This A Christmas Carol is playing more to the parents (and grands) than to the kiddies, but come see David Hyde Pierce as the iconic curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge in Crispin Whittell’s adaptation of the beloved Charles Dickens novella, directed by Joe Dowling. Joining David Hyde Pierce are John Glover, Harriet Harris, Edward Hibbert, Julie White, Matthew Amendt, Matt Bradford Sullivan, and Kaliswa Brewster, plus others to be announced. The occasion is The Acting Company’s one-night-only benefit reading on December 11 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Following the reading, the evening will continue with an exclusive cast dinner (jacket and tie required) at the nearby Union Club.

For performance-only tickets, please  visit www.hunter.cuny.edu/kayeplayhouse.

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Posted in children's shows, Children's Theatre, dark comedy drama, drama, in repertory, noir, puppets

What I Learned Today

The kiddie show format can be very instructive, and not just for the kiddies. You and I can learn a great deal from shows like that put together by puppeteer Joshua Holden and with live music by Jeb Colwell in The Joshua Show: Episode 2, running at HERE Arts Center through September 30th. Joshua and Jeb are out to make us happy. The Joshua Show: Episode 2 plays in repertory with The Flatiron Hex.

The latter, although a comedy with puppets, is decidedly not for children. The Flatiron Hex explores a bloody and dystopic New York City. It is a noir look at interconnective living and a world filled with intelligent mainframes and dangerous code. The Flatiron Hex stars James Godwin as computer genius Wylie Walker.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/105488014″>The Flatiron Hex</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user11940600″>james godwin</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

To learn more visit the HERE website

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Bratty brothers and not-so-humble pie

It takes a special kind of imagination to recreate the magic of childishness. It is the province of the brilliantly insightful.

Dennis Lee is a poet who captures the child’s world. His book of verses for the young and mischievous, Alligator Pie, has been adapted by five of  Soulpepper’s artists into a frothy mix of antic play and playful theatrics.

Ins Choi, Raquel Duffy, Mike Ross, Gregory Prest and Ken Mackenzie are the collaborators and stars of Alligator Pie, in repertory at Pershing Square Signature Center through July 29th. The production is delicious. Its appeal to children is undeniable, as witnessed by their rapt attention; it is likewise a treat for the grown-ups accompanying them to see this sparkling tom-foolery.

For more information, a schedule of all the performances during their residence in New York, and tickets, please visit Soulpepper On 42nd Street.

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Your children need some drama in their lives, too

Children’s theater tends to be colorful, and larger than life. Harold

Stories That Dance: Shakespeare and his Legacy are presentMYBed in a workshop by the Manhattan Youth Ballet from March 13-15 at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. The MYB, founded by Ms. Rose Caiola 17 years ago, is based on European classical traditions. The faculty of this ballet academy have received their training in schools such as the The Kirov Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

On Saturday, March 14 at 11 am, Symphony Space’s “Just Kidding” series presents Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band. The Grammy-winning artist and longtime bassist for They Might Be Giants, Danny Weinkauf is the man behind the wildly successful TMBG mega-hit, “I Am a Paleontologist.”  Danny just released his first solo album for kids, No School Today on TMBG’s own label, Idlewild Recordings.  His hit “Champion of the Spelling Bee” reached #1 on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live and was featured in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The series continues with Smithsonian Folkways artist Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower on Saturday, March 21 at 11 am:  Two-time Grammy-nominated, Smithsonian Folkways recording artist Elizabeth Mitchell will be joined by husband Daniel Littleton, daughter Storey, and special guests.

Saturday, March 28th brings us the multiple award-winning, San Francisco-based singer-songwriter, Frances England, brings her full band and multimedia show to perform sweet songs expressing the joys and challenges of childhood.

Take your children to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College where Enchantment Theatre Company’s present The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon on Sunday, March 29th. They are already no doubt familiar with the “Harold” books, which have captivated families for more than fifty years.  The Philly-based Enchantment Theatre Company has adapted this wonderful story that celebrates the unique way in which children’s imaginations transform the world into a wild stage adventure.

HungryCaterpillarOn Sunday, April 19th, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia returns to Brooklyn Center after last year’s highly successful engagement with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favourites. After a quest for food, Three beloved stories come to life through the magic of black light and large-scale puppets, and audiences familiar with Mermaid’s other adaptations of Eric Carle’s books can expect the same attention to detail that has won international acclaim for the company. The Very Hungry Caterpillar experiences an eventual metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly, Little Cloud‘s adventures high up in the sky as it transforms itself into various shapes of things it sees, and The Mixed-Up Chameleon‘s discovery of his own unique nature as he explores his ability to change color.  Adapted, directed, and designed by one of Canada’s most esteemed puppetry creators, Jim Morrow, the production incorporates narration by storyteller Gordon Pinsent and original music by composer Steven Naylor.
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Jim Henson’s legacy lives in the Muppets, Miss Piggy, Wilson & Ditch: Digging America,  Fraggle Rock and the sci-fi cult series Farscape, to name just a few of the productions in which he was instrumental. Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train LIVE! —
Buddy’s Big Adventure comes to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts  on Sunday, April 26th. Created by Craig Bartlett, the PBS KIDS animated television series Dinosaur Train embraces the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains to help develop and encourage basic scientific thinking and skills

For more information about MYB, visit manhattanyouthballet.org, or
http://www.manhattanmovement.com/

To learn more about Symphony Space’s Just Kidding series, please go to www.symphonyspace.org/

The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts features A Target Storybook Series on Sundays from March 29th through April 26th. Visit BrooklynCenter.org to find out more.