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Kid friendly

Exposing our children (or grandchildren) to theater and dance could really be a year-round endeavor. Nonetheless, many of us choose to show them the grand repertories of kid-friendly shows over the holidays.

NYCB is not alone in mounting a lavish Nutcracker from November through December, but it is a go-to for lots of parents. ABT has yet to release dates for its Nutcracker spectacle, another rousing destination for families. (Those of you in New Jersey can enjoy the American Repertory Ballet’s version.)

Another newer tradition for some people is Peter & The Wolf at the Guggenheim’s Works & Process series which kicks off in early December.Brad Lubman leads Ensemble Signal in Sergei Prokofiev’s score.  Renowned fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi narrates, directs, designs the set and costumes. Mizrahi’s special cast performs choreography by John Heginbotham, at which the familiar characters come to life in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater for ten performances.

Other holiday specials are all around the town. One, at the Axis Theatre, is from the Grimm canon and starts on December 2nd. Seven in One Blow, or the Brave Little Kid written and directed by Randy Sharp is in its 15th year of production.

<p><a href=”″>Axis Company (a Meet the Theatre film)</a> from <a href=””>Theatre Development Fund (tdf)</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Children’s theater gets the year-long treatment at The New Victory Theater. For November in their New 42nd Street studios, the company hosts something called Paper Dreams for 2-5 year olds, and on the mainstage for an older crowd, a magic show, Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic. New Victory productions will charm adults as much as they do  youngsters.

Symphony Space on the upper west side has a series called Just Kidding that offers all-year programming for the younger crowd. There are hootenanies and game shows, puppets, plays and all manner of story-telling for them to enjoy almost every week. For the holidays, they have Just Kidding: National Dance Institute: The Celebration Team! with 100 kids dancing on November 19th and  Puppetkabob: The Snowflake Man on December 17th among other programs. November 13th brings the LIVE Trivia show for the whole family, called the Big Family Quiz Thing.

Also check out the Theater at the 14th Y for children’s fare. This December, for a limited run, there’s Hanna and the Moonlit Dress, based on the beloved Israeli book Hanna’s Sabbath Dress by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi’el and is adapted for the stage by Ronit Muszkatblit and Yoav Gal.

There’s so much holiday fare for you and your children but we share only a select few things here. 

Posted in Children's show, holiday event, kid-friendly, Solomon Guggenheim, Works & Process

Peter and his symphony

In the ’80s I relished attending rehearsals at Tanglewood, not just for the great al fresco setting, but also for thre feeling that I was watching the music unfold. Seeing artists develop and  think through a work puts the creative process in a different perspective.

The Guggenheim, a great venue on its own, hosts a series called Works & Process, which offers an insider view. Sometimes it’s ballets in development, sometimes dramas, such as Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s The Fundamentals by Erika Sheffer this past September.

1-bbu3g 2-_7909-1-draggedIn December, it’s become a tradition at the Museum to have Isaac Mizrahi lead you and your tots (5-years +) through a narration of Peter & The Wolf. In fact, the renowned fashion designer has been narrating Sergei Prokofiev’s classic tale for the past ten years. After so many years, this is more of a “Works” than a “Process,” sure to entertain and amuse.

Peter is a defiant boy, who claims “boys like me are not afraid…” as he risks an encounter with the wolf. In this production Brad Lubman conducts Ensemble Signal, and a cast performs choreography by John Heginbotham to bring the lovely 30-minute story to life. Peter & The Wolf will perform on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 2:30 pm and 4 pm and on December 9, 5 pm and 6:30 pm.

For tickets and information, visit the Guggenheim website.