This season, COCA Family Theatre Series presents the following performances.
hip hOZ (Oct. 6-7)
An original COCA production, "hip hOZ" takes audiences on a hip-hop adventure down the yellow brick road. Created by COCA instructor and international hip-hop sensation Redd Williams, the performance features the top hip-hop dancers in the region, dazzling choreography and a master mix of songs from The Wiz and contemporary music.
ImaginOcean (Oct. 27-28)
This black-light puppet show has been touring internationally after leaving its off-Broadway venue last season. Created by Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia ("Avenue Q"), ImaginOcean features singing and dancing fish whose repertoire includes everything from R&B to Big Band.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Nov. 17-18)
The renowned Dallas Children's Theater, one of the country's top producers of theater for children and families, returns to COCA with a musical production that questions the guilt of the Big Bad Wolf. Show-stopping song and dance numbers make this lesson in justice perfect for the whole family. "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" is a cheerful (never hammy) adaptation of the book by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith.
In the Loop (Jan. 5-6)
"In the Loop" returns to the COCA stage with its unique mix of hip-hop and modern dance choreography. Featuring COCAdance, COCA's Hip Hop Crew and recent alumni, "In the Loop" promises to deliver cutting edge dance moves and lots of variety. Dance demonstrations follow every performance.
The Mark of Zorro (Jan. 26)
Appropriate for all intrepid adventurers, "The Mark of Zorro" features a world of adventure and intrigue and swashbuckling fun. The masked champion ricochets from one sticky situation to another in a world where adventure is the name and justice is the game.
Guess How Much I Love You (Feb. 1-3)
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is a favorite of COCA audiences year after year. The company returns to COCA this season with an adaptation of the award-winning picture book by author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram. With impressive visuals and its own signature style, Mermaid Theatre presents a creative, gentle piece for young children and their parents.
The Gruffalo (March 23-24)
London's Tall Stories presents this "monster" of a show as part of its world tour. Adapted from the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, "The Gruffalo" is full of songs, laughs and scary fun.
The Passing Zone: Gravity Attacks (March 23-24)
The Passing Zone's performance is the closest thing to a world without gravity. Owen Morse and Jon Wee are expert jugglers who use comedy and audience participation to make this show a "wow" for all ages.
The Family Theatre Series performances are held at Founders' Theatre at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, University City, Mo., 63130. Subscription packages are currently available by calling 314-725-6555. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 20. Visit www.cocastl.org for more information.
Source: COCA news release
"hip hOZ," photo courtesy of COCA.