The 2010/11 arts season has arrived! There's a lot of kids' entertainment to choose from out there, but we've gathered information on some of our favorite venues. Check our Web site (www.seattleschild.com) for even more options, including shows recommended for older kids and teens. Get your tickets early – some shows sell out well before opening day.
Top-quality musical revivals, premieres of bound-for-Broadway shows and touring Broadway musicals are presented in a beautifully restored 1926 vaudeville theater.
In the Heights (PG) Sept. 28 through Oct. 17; A Christmas Story: The Musical! (PG) Nov. 26 through Dec. 30; Guys & Dolls (PG) May 12 through June 5; Oklahoma! (PG) July 8-31.
Auburn Avenue Kids. Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave., Auburn. 253-931-3043. www.auburnwa.gov/community/arts_entertainment/bravo.asp.
A season full of family entertainment is offered in the heart of downtown Auburn. Recommended for ages 4 to adult.
Thistle Theater's Tale of Two Bad Mice Sept. 25, Disney's Pirates of Penzance Oct. 9 and 10; Doktor Kaboom! Oct. 16; Steve the Pretty Good Nov. 20; Science Circus Jan. 22; Storybook Theater's Jack and the Beanstalk Feb. 19; 5th Avenue Theater's Rosie the Riveter March 12; The Emperor's New Clothes April 16 and 17; Book-It Theater's The Secret Garden May 14; The Jungle Book Musical July 23 and 24.
Bellevue Youth Theatre. 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue. Some performances take place at Meydenbauer Theatre in Bellevue. 425-452 -7155. www.bellevuewa.gov/bellevue_youth_theatre.htm.
Actors of all ages and abilities are included either as actors or in a backstage role in these productions, sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Bellevue Public Schools.
Dracula (PG) Oct. 29 through Nov. 7; Rapunzel (G) Nov. 18-21; Miracle on 34th Street (PG) Nov. 26-28; The Magical Mrs. Claus (G) Dec. 9-12. Check back for winter/spring productions.
Book-It Repertory Theatre Family Fun Series, Seattle Center House Theatre, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; 206-216-0833. www.book-it.org.
The Family Fun Series brings classic literature to life onstage. Adult tickets are $12, tickets for kids 14 and younger are $10, and series packages are available.
The Prince of the Pond by Donna Jo Napoli (grades K through six) Sept. 25; Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine (grades K through eight) Feb. 19; The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (grades K through eight) June 18.
Book-It Theatre's Mainstage Season brings literary classics to the stage in an attempt to inspire audiences to read. Adult tickets are $32 to $36, tickets for seniors are $25 to $30, and tickets for students are $20. www.book-it.org
Red Ranger Came Calling by Berkeley Breathed (G) Nov. 23 through Dec. 23; Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (PG) Feb. 8 through March 6; Prairie Nocturne by Ivan Doig (PG-13) May 25 through June 26.
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma; 253-591-5894 or 800-291-7593. www.broadwaycenter.org.
Broadway Center offers a full season of varied performances. Ticket prices vary.
Offerings appropriate for families include Cirque Mechanics Boom Town Oct. 1 and 2; The Sound of Music Sing-Along Nov. 27; Zak Morgan's Holiday Show Dec. 10 through 12; Peking Acrobats Jan. 9; Imago Theatre's ZooZoo Feb. 27; Tears of Joy Theatre's Stellaluna March 26.
Centerstage! KidZone. The Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road, Federal Way. 253-661-1444. www.centerstagetheatre.com.
Federal Way's community-based, professional theater. Ticket prices range from $5 to $25; package price available.
Sleeping Beauty Nov. 27 through Dec. 23; The Gingerbread Boy Jan. 8; The Frog Prince April 8 and 9; Derek Evans as Theodore Roosevelt April 23 and 24.
Early Music Guild, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; 206-325-7066. www.earlymusicguild.org.
The Early Music Discovery series features three one-hour family concerts that are a good introduction to early music. Tickets for each concert: general admission $10, students and seniors $5.
Baroque Cello Master Class Oct. 10; Seattle Historical Arts for Kids: Merry It Is Feb. 6; Commedia April 10.
Heavier Than Air Family Theatre Company, Green River Community College, Performing Arts Bldg., 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. 253-833-9111, ext. 2400. www.heavierthanair.com.
This mix of professional and community actors has presented family theater for more than 25 years. See theater etiquette rules for children (and parents) online. Shows are for suitable for ages 5 and older. Individual tickets prices are $10 (tickets for Snow White are $8), and season tickets are $20.
Annie Dec. 10-19; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer March 18-26; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs June 10-18.
Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; 425-893-9900. www.kpcenter.org.
This venue hosts a wide variety of performances, including these family shows. Ticket prices vary.
A Jazz Holiday featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas Dec. 17-19; KPC's Old-Time Holiday Show Dec. 17-19; Ken Waldman: From Kodiak to Kirkland March 5; John Carney's Wonder Cabaret March 12; Chinese Acrobats of Hebei May 8.
Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S.W., Lakewood. 253-588-0042. www.lakewoodplayhouse.org.
Lakewood Playhouse has a theater-in-the-round design, giving audience members a unique perspective of the action on the sets. Single ticket prices range from $15 to $25.
Sherlock Holmes and the Doom of Devilsmoor (ages 10 and older) Sept. 24 through Oct. 24;The Best Christmas pageant Ever (all ages) Nov. 26 through Dec. 23; Ring Around the Moon (ages 10 and older) Jan. 14 through Feb. 6; My Name is Asher Lev (ages 12 and older) Feb. 25 through March 20; The Joy Luck Club (ages 12 and older) April 22 through May 15; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (ages 14 and older) June 3-26.
Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle; 206-523-2579. www.nwpuppet.org.
Resident company Carter Family Marionettes as well as guest puppeteers produce innovative puppet shows. The Center's international puppet museum is open 30 minutes before or after each performance. Shows are recommended for kids 4 and older, except for The Burning House, recommended for children 10 and older. Tickets prices are: adults $10.50, seniors $9, children $8.50 (tickets for The Burning House are $28 adult, $25 seniors and youth). Subscriptions are available.
Sorcerer's Apprentice Nov. 6-21; Love for Three Oranges Dec. 11-19; Anansi the Spider Jan. 8-23; Jack and the Dragon Feb. 5-20; Adventures of Monkey King March 5-20; The Burning House April 29 through May 8.
Pacific Northwest Ballet, McCaw Hall, 321 Harrison St., Seattle; 206-441-2424. www.pnb.org.
Seattle's resident ballet company is one of the largest in the country. Each season brings performances of both classic and cutting-edge dance. The following performances will particularly appeal to kids and families, and all four can be purchased as a Magical Fairy Tales package.
Nutcracker Nov. 26 through Dec. 27; Cinderella Feb. 4-13; Pinocchio (Pacific Northwest Ballet School performances) March 20 and 26; A Midsummer Night's Dream April 8-17.
The remainder of Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2010-11 season includes productions suitable for older children and teens: Director's Choice Sept. 24 through Oct. 3; All Tharp Nov. 5-14; Contemporary 4 March 18-27; Giselle June 3-12.
Pied Piper from Village Theatre, Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett; Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett; 206-257-8600. www.villagetheatre.org.
Pied Piper hosts guest theater companies, puppeteers and entertainers. Come for pre-show activities with Imagine Children's Museum, and stay after most performances for a post-show discussion. Ticket prices: general $15, seniors and youth $13. Subscriptions are available.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical Oct. 30; The Elves & the Shoemaker Dec. 18; Giggle, Giggle, Quack Feb. 12; Swimmy Frederick Inch by Inch March 13; Seussical April 30.
Village Theatre Mainstage, Francis Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah. 425-392-2202. Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. 425-257-6600. http://villagetheatre.org.
Village Theatre shows play first in Issaquah, then move to Everett to complete the run. This year, several productions are appropriate for children and families.
Anne of Green Gables (all ages) Nov. 10 through Jan. 30; Sleuth (ages 8 and older) Jan. 19 through March 27; Iron Curtain (ages 8 and older) March 16 through May 22; Jesus Christ Superstar (ages 8 and older) May 11 through July 31.
Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St., Seattle; 206-441-3322. www.sct.org.
Seattle's premier children's theater. Tickets are $22 to $37 adults and $17 to $31 children. Various season ticket packages are available.
The Borrowers (ages 8 and older) Sept. 30 through Oct. 31; Morgan's Journey (ages 3 to 8) Oct 21 through Nov. 14; Lyle the Crocodile (ages 5 and older) Nov. 18 through Jan. 9; Go, Dog. Go! (ages 4 and older) Jan. 13 through March 13; The Man Who Planted Trees (ages 7 and older) April 7 through May 1; Jackie and Me (ages 8 and older) April 28 through June 5.
Seattle Opera, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; 206-389-7676 or 800-426-1619. www.seattleopera.org.
Seattle Opera's Family Days this season will be for the Jan. 23 matinee performance of Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and the May 15th matinee performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute. These two operas are particularly family-friendly.
The full season at Seattle Opera includes productions suitable for older children and teens, including Lucia di Lammermoor Oct. 16-30, and Don Quixote Feb. 26 through March 12.
Seattle Symphony, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; 206-215-4747. www.seattlesymphony.org.
Two family concert series are offered during the school year. Subscription tickets are available as well as limited single tickets (Discover Music tickets for adults are $20, students and seniors $15; Tiny Tots tickets are $12).
Discover Music! is a series of concerts designed for ages 6 to 11: Symphony Festal! Oct. 16; Mozart's Magnificent Voyage Jan. 22; Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals March 12; My Many Colored Days May 14; Seattle's Summertime Favorites June 4.
The Tiny Tots Series features half-hour concerts with musical games, stories and songs for infants and kids through age 5. Playdate with the Classics Oct. 1 and 2; A Halloween Symphony Serenade Oct. 30; Merry Matching Tunes for Tots Nov. 12 and13; Holiday Symphony Serenade Dec. 11; A Safari Valentine Feb. 11 and 12; Garden Full of Songs March 18 and 19; Count Yourself Silly April 9; Melodies from the New World May 20 and 21.
Seattle Theatre Group, The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; 1-800-745-3000. www.theparamount.com.
Seattle Theater Group offers several family shows this season. Single ticket prices vary.
Nickelodeon's STORYTIME LIVE! Oct. 23 and 24; Global Dance Party Dec. 3; Intiman Theatre's Black Nativity Dec. 10-19; More Music @ The Moore March 11; Billy Elliott The Musical (ages 8 and older) March 17 through April 3; Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz April 15; Recess Monkey and Johnny Bregar May 7; Marry Poppins May 12-29; DANCE This July 8 and 9.
SecondStory Repertory Children's Theatre, 16587 N.E. 74th St., Redmond; 425-881-6777. www.secondstoryrep.org/childrenstheatre/season.html.
Hour-long productions feature audience interaction, and kids get to sit on the stage. Shows are appropriate for grade school-aged children; families with younger children are welcome to attend the first two Sundays of each run. All tickets are $10; season subscriptions are available.
Harriet's Halloween Candy Oct. 29 through Nov. 14; Sleeping Beauty Jan. 7-23; The Boy Who Cried Wolf March 4-20; A Year with Frog and Toad May 6-22.
SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St., Redmond; 425-881-6777. www.secondstoryrep.org.
The theater's holiday production is suitable for the whole family. Tickets are $21 to $27.
Of Kings and Cabbages and Crimson Crabs: Holiday Stories from Around the World Nov. 26 through Dec. 19.
Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N., Seattle; 206-633-1883. www.stonesouptheatre.org.
Stone Soup Theatre, in operation since 1999, specializes in productions of one-act plays. Two shows in this year's lineup are especially recommended for families. The Real Inspector Hound & The Boundary (ages 10 and older) Oct. 28 through Nov. 21; A Child's Christmas in Wales (ages 5 and older) Dec. 2-24.
StoryBook Theater, 11730 118th Ave. N.E., Suite 100, Kirkland. Shows also take place at Kirkland Performance Center (Kirkland), Museum of History & Industry (Seattle), and Carco Theater (Renton); 425-820-1800. www.storybooktheater.org.
Storybook Theater performances, produced by adult professional actors from Studio East, are interactive musical comedies created for children 3 to 10 and their families. Each show lasts 55 minutes. Single tickets are $9; season tickets available.
Little Red Nov. 6 through December 5; Jack & the Beanstalk Jan. 29 through March 6; Sleeping Beauty April 23 through May 15.
Tacoma Children's Musical Theater. 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. 253-565-6867. http://tmp.org/childrenstheater.aspx.
Tacoma Musical Theater's program for families includes fully produced musicals featuring many favorite performers from the mainstage shows. Single tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, students and military and $10 for ages 12 and younger.
A Year with Frog and Toad Oct. 23-31. Seussical Feb. 26 through March 6; Miss Nelson is Missing! June 4-12.
Tacoma Musical Playhouse. 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. 253-565-6867. http://tmp.org.
This theater's 2010/11 season includes several productions suitable for all ages. Ticket prices are $27 for adults, $25 seniors and $20 for ages 12 and younger.
White Christmas Nov. 26 through Dec. 19; The Drowsy Chaperone Jan. 21 through Feb. 13; Hello, Dolly! May 6-29; CATS July 8-31.
Taproot Theatre Company, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; 206-781-9707. www.taproottheatre.org.
Taproot's season runs February through October, with a holiday show before that. All productions are suitable for ages 12 and older. Single ticket prices are $22 to $35 for adults and $10 for people 25 and younger. Pay-what-you-can performances are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each production. Various subscription packages are available.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol (ages 12 and older) Nov. 26 through Dec. 30; The Odyssey (ages) Feb. 4 through March 5; The Beams are Creaking (ages) March 25 through April 23; Brownie Points (ages) May 20 through June 18; Something's Afoot (ages) July 15 through Aug. 13; An Ideal Husband (ages) Sept. 23 through Oct. 22.
Thistle Theatre shows take place at Sunset Hill Community Club (Seattle), Magnuson Park Theatre (Seattle) and Bellevue Youth Theater (Bellevue); 206-524-3388. www.thistletheatre.org.
The 45-minute productions feature handcrafted puppets, original musical scores and Bunraku style puppetry – which has the puppeteers dressed in black to suggest invisibility. Appropriate for kids 3 and older. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for children and seniors. Season tickets are available.
Little Red Riding Hood October; The Gingerbread Boy December; Brother Coyote and Sister Fox January through February; Momotaro (Peach Boy) March; Quest for Planet X (the space musical) May.
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; 206-652-4255. www.townhallseattle.org.
Town Hall offers the Saturday Family Concert series, featuring an eclectic mix of entertainment. Tickets are $5 for adults with children, free (ticket required) for ages 12 and younger, $25 for unaccompanied adults.
Recess Monkey Sept. 18; Elizabeth Mitchell Oct. 23; Amy Denio Nov. 20; Toy-Box Trio & Friends Jan. 8. More shows will be added at a later date.
Another Town Hall series with great family shows is Global Rhythms. Ticket prices vary.
Drumming! Oct. 8; Ordo Sakhna Oct. 28; Seattle Folk Festival Dec. 12; Accordi-O-Rama IV Jan. 23; Arab in America Feb. 20; Väsen March 20; Turkish Music Ensemble April 9.
UW World Series, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; 206-543-4880 or 800-859-5342. www.uwworldseries.org.
This series includes works by contemporary dance companies, world music and theater artists and other performers. The following shows are highly recommended for youth. Ticket prices vary, ranging from $39 to $46.
Compagnie Jant-Bi Oct. 7-9; Martha Graham Dance Company Nov. 4-6; Grupo Corpo Feb. 3-5; Trisha Brown Dance Company March 31 through April 2; Corella Ballet May 19-21.
Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St., Mercer Island; 206-232-4145, ext. 109. www.youththeatre.org.
Productions feature child actors in ambitious, professional-quality, full-length productions. Ticket prices are $17 opening night, $13 to $15 all other performances. Subscriptions available.
Pippi Longstocking (ages 3 and older) Nov. 5-21; Fantastic Mr. Fox (ages 3 and older) Dec. 2-12; Bugsy Malone (ages 5 and older) Jan. 28 through Feb. 13; The Crucible (ages 10 and older) March 4-20; Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing (ages 6 and older) March 10-20; 13 (ages 9 and older) April 22 through May 7; Gulliver's Travels (ages 3 and older) May 20 through June 12.
Chris Stay is calendar editor for Seattle's Child.