A warm-hearted musical tale, "The Velveteen Rabbit" plays at Nerinx Hall High School Dec. 14, 21, 22 and 23, 2013.
The magic of live theater awaits you and your family! This winter, discover a wide variety of performances filled with poignant and sweet tales, hilarious escapades, stirring music, thrilling dancing, wild imagination, a bit of mystery, and much more from local and touring companies.
'The Velveteen Rabbit' The Imaginary Theatre Company of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis performs this literary classic. Meet a little boy and his curious stuffed bunny who wants to know what it's like to be "real." Perfect for the holiday season, your family will enjoy this uplifting musical that celebrates loyalty and the power of love. This performance is appropriate for all ages and is about 45 minutes long. See the show Dec. 14, and 21-23, 2013, at Heagney Theatre at Nerinx Hall High School. Tickets are $7. Learn more.
'Elf: The Broadway Musical' Based on the 2003 movie, "Elf" is the sugar-coated tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. The problem is Buddy doesn't realize he's actually human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities make it painfully obvious. The epiphany launches Buddy on a journey to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help people remember the true meaning of Christmas. This performance is appropriate for ages 5 and up and is about two hours long with one intermission. See "Elf" Dec. 17-29, 2013, at Fox Theatre. Tickets range from $25 to $80. Learn more.
'Peter and the Wolf' Experience Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" with the St. Louis Symphony, Steven Jarvi conducting. Student actors in costume from STAGES St. Louis will narrate and play Peter, his animal friends, the Grandfather, the hunters and a very hungry wolf. This production was developed in conjunction with a STAGES St. Louis artist residency at Special School District Litzsinger School. The performance is appropriate for ages 5 and up and is about 45 minutes long. See it Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Powell Hall. Tickets range from $8 to $19. Learn more.
Celia and Wack-A-Doo KDHX's Grandfather Stark, host of Musical Merry-Go-Round, brings Celia and Wack-A-Doo to the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts as part of the museum's "Reset" program series. Guitarist and vocalist Celia performs a sing-a-long family show with interactive music and movement and the four piece band Wack-A-Doo gets your toes tapping with upbeat vintage swing and Americana style. The free shows are appropriate for all ages. See Celia at noon and Wack-A-Doo at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. All ages. Learn more.
Ballet Memphis in the 'Wizard of Oz' Red shoes, witches, Munchkins, and all of Dorothy's friends are featured in this beloved story, brought to the ballet stage with choreography by Steven McMahon and music by Holst, Britten, and Vaughn Williams. Be sure to look for the Munchkins who are performed by 20 local COCA dancers. This Dance St. Louis presentation is appropriate for kids ages 6 and up and is about one hour and 35 minutes long. See it Jan. 24-25, 2014, at Touhill Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $15 to $55. Learn more.
'Seussical' Adapted from the Broadway version, TheatreworksUSA's "Seussical" features Dr. Seuss's best-loved stories in an unforgettable musical caper. The mischief-maker Cat in the Hat, sweet elephant Horton, an imaginative Who, the one-feathered bird Miss Gertrude McFuzz, the lazy Maysie La Bird, and more characters find themselves intertwined in an incredible adventure. The performance is appropriate for ages 5 and up and is about one hour long. See the show Feb. 2, 7 and 8, 2014, at Florissant Civic Center. Tickets are $7. Learn more.
'The Snail and the Whale' Tall Stories, last seen at COCA in "The Gruffalo," present their latest collaboration with author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. Through songs and storytelling, "The Snail and the Whale" is about a tiny snail who takes a ride on the tail of a humpback whale. When the whale finds himself beached, he suddenly needs the help of his tiny passenger. How will the snail save him? This journey is presented through the eyes of a young girl. The performance is best for ages 3 to 10 and is about 50 minutes long. See it March 22-23, 2014, at COCA. Tickets range from $16 to $20. Learn more.
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