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From Charlie Brown to 'The Nutcracker': Family guide to 2018 holiday shows around Seattle



Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancer Elle Macy as Dewdrop, shown with company dancers in a scene from George Balanchine’s "The Nutcracker." The production runs Nov. 23 through Dec. 28, 2018.

Angela Sterling

As the nights get longer, and the days get wetter, there’s plenty of fun family fare to be had in Seattle’s theaters and concert venues. Here’s a selection of music, dance and theater to be enjoyed around town as 2018 winds to a close. More fall theater here.

 

Hip Hop Nutcracker featuring Kurtis Blow

Paramount Theatre

911 Pine St

7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17

The score is Tchaikovsky’s classical masterpiece. The choreography is fluid, acrobatic hip-hop performed by a troupe of 12 dancers. Featuring the rap stylings of Kurtis Blow.

 

The Velveteen Rabbit

Seattle Children’s Theatre

201 Thomas St

Nov. 1 through Dec. 30

Britain’s leading theater company for young children, Unicorn Theatre, produced this dramatization of the beloved story about a toy rabbit who longs to become real.

Pre-Black Friday special: Half-price tickets when you use the code FAMILYTIME by the end of the day Nov. 25. Details here.

The Nutcracker

Pacific Northwest Ballet

McCaw Hall

321 Mercer St

Nov. 23 through Dec. 28

Every detail of this production is beautifully done. The dancing involves the whole Pacific Northwest Ballet company and almost 200 students from its school. The company’s own live orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s music. The costumes and sets are designed by Ian Falconer, creator of the “Olivia” books, and they are suitably eyepopping and fanciful. Between the action, the music and the beautiful sets, clothes and the general swankiness of McCaw Hall, it’s a spectacle from start to finish. Wear your fancy clothes and get your picture taken in the lobby. 

 

Christmas Carol

ACT Theatre

Washington State Convention Center

700 Union St

Nov. 23 through Dec. 28

ACT Theatre (ACT stands for “A Contemporary Theatre”) stages this powerful Dickens tale every holiday season. Kids must be at least five years old to attend.

 

Christmastown

Nov. 23 through Dec. 24

Seattle Public Theater

7312 West Green Lake Dr N

This film-noir style production follows detective Nick Holiday in his quest for the truth about Big Red.

 

In the Heights

Nov. 23 through Dec. 30

Seattle Repertory Theater

155 Mercer Street

Before Lin-Manuel Miranda changed the world with a musical about the America’s first secretary of the treasury, he created this Tony-award winning show about New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood.

 

Annie

Nov. 23 through Dec. 30

The Fifth Ave Theatre

1308 5th Ave

This musical about a plucky orphan has lots of kids on stage and the catchiest of tunes.

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

http://taproottheatre.org/shows/2018/a-charlie-brown-christmas-2018/

Nov. 30 through Dec. 27

Taproot Theatre

204 N 85th St

Based on the 1965 TV special, this 40 minute show is for all ages.

 

Seattle Symphony Family Concert: The Snowman

11 a.m. Saturday Dec. 1

Benaroya Hall

200 University St

This symphony concert for children aged six to 12 includes a screening of the film of Raymond Briggs’ “The Snowman.” Activities  in the lobby, including an instrument “petting zoo,” start an hour before the concert.

 

The Not-Its!

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Mount Baker Community Club

2811 Mount Rainier Dr S

This five-piece band plays bouncy pop tunes with a loopy sense of humor. Song titles from their new album, “Ready or Not” include Little Bug, Staring Contest, and The Battle of Curriculum Night. Today’s concert is part of the Mount Baker Community Club’s Kindiependent Kids Rock Series.

 

Seattle Symphony The Winds: The Nutcracker

Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8

Nordstrom Recital Hall (upstairs at Benaroya Hall)

200 University St

In this short concert designed for kids 5 and younger, Seattle Symphony musicians present the story of the Nutcracker using the flute, oboe, French horn, clarinet and bassoon. Come 30 minutes before the performance for free activities in the lobby. Part of Seattle Symphony’s Tiny Tots Concert Series.

Times: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m.,10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8.

 

Eli Rosenblatt

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8

Mount Baker Community Club

2811 Mount Rainier Dr S

Eli Rosenblatt incorporates an array of musical styles – including samba, salsa, reggae and klezmer – into his high-energy sets. Today’s concert is part of the Mount Baker Community Club’s Kindiependent Kids Rock Series.

 

Caspar Babypants

Saturday December 8 and Sunday December 9

Saturday’s concerts are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King FAME Center, 3201 E Republican St.

Sunday’s concerts are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Westside School, 10404 34th Ave SW.

Also known as Chris Ballew, the lead singer and co-founder of the Presidents of the United States of America, Caspar Babypants sings danceable, whimsical songs. He plays four concerts as part of Seattle Town Hall’s Saturday Family Concert Series.

 

Latinx Holiday Family Fiesta

4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9

Saturday: Sunset Hill Community Center, 3003 NW 66th St

Sunday: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S

Ballard Civic Orchestra and Seattle World Orchestra are part of the program which includes traditional music, food, and festivities.

 

Jose Gonzales Trio Plays “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

Cornish Playhouse

201 Mercer St

A family concert of Vince Guaraldi’s delightful score for “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

 

The LeeVees

1 p.m Sunday Dec. 9

Stroum Jewish Community Center

3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island

It’s a Hanukkah Family Dance Party, with the LeeVees, a New York City rock band that plays tunes about Jewish life, such as “Gelt Melts” and “How do you spell Chanukkahh? There will be games, food, and candle lighting.

 

Puss in Boots

Dec. 8 through Jan. 6.

Hales Ales Palladium

4301 Leary Way NW

Every year, the Fremont Players concoct a traditional British pantomime, complete with original songs, goofy jokes, and loud audience participation.

 

Disney’s The Lion King

Dec. 13, 2018 through Jan. 6, 2019

Paramount Theatre

911 Pine St

Seattle gets a chance to see the hit Disney musical with songs by Elton John, spectacularly brought to life using puppets.

 

Seattle Festival Orchestra Holiday Concerts

5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 3 p.m Sunday, Dec. 16

Faith Lutheran Church

8208 18th Ave NE

The Seattle Festival Concert puts on two family friendly shows featuring seasonal favorites, such as the Nutcracker and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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