Here’s a look at upcoming kid-friendly theater and dance events. Remember to check each specific event or venue’s COVID protocols.
This beloved reimagining of “The Wizard of Oz” has a soaring soul, R&B, and gospel score featuring hit songs “Brand New Day,” “Ease on Down the Road,” and “Home.” Note: Children under 4 will not be admitted.
‘Paddington Saves Christmas’
“It’s holiday time in the Brown household and Paddington – the famous, accident-prone bear – is here to save the day! But Paddington’s good intentions end up leading to chaos, as one by one, each of his tasks takes on an unexpected outcome! Will Paddington be able to fix everything in time for everyone to properly celebrate the holidays? Find out in this fun-filled holiday comedy!” (ASL-interpreted, audio-described and sensory-friendly performances available.) Read our review of this production.
‘The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley’
“In this all-new Jane Austen-inspired story, we return to the world of the Darcys and Bennets! Lydia’s come for Christmas, the halls are decked, and the aroma of everyone’s favorite orange biscuits fills the air. However, the loyal staff downstairs scramble to keep a secret that could upend the festivities. Amid the chaos of Christmas, a little yuletide forgiveness might be the one gift everyone needs.” (Pay-what-you-can performance Wednesday, Nov. 23.)
‘A Christmas Carol’
ACT’s beloved production of “A Christmas Carol” returns for its 47th season. The timeless story includes all the revelry, music, costumes and magic you know and love, culminating on a very special Christmas Eve when Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the joy of charity and redemption. Accessible performances: Audio description, Saturday, December 10, 2 pm; ASL interpreted, Saturday, December 17, 2 pm; student matinees – November 29 and 30, 11 am; closed captioning available at all performances. A bin in the theater lobby is available to drop donations of nonperishable food for Northwest Harvest.
Note: Children under the age of 5 will not be allowed in the theatre. The production contains loud noises, the use of fog, bright and strobe lights, and images that may frighten very young children.
‘Mr. Dickens and His Carol’
This different take on the holiday classic is a fictional take on Charles Dickens’ past, present, and future: “Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything.” This is a world premiere, commissioned through Seattle Rep’s play-development lab and adapted from the novel by Samantha Silva. Seattle Rep offers “pay what you choose” tickets for all performances and also will have audio-described, open-caption, sensory-friendly and ASL interpreted performances in addition to a Teen Night at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.
Bask in the pageantry and magic of Rodgers and Hammerstein with the bona fide fairy tale Cinderella. It features the classic songs “In My Own Little Corner,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful,” and “Impossible.” Perfect for the whole family.
Note: Masks will be encouraged but optional for most performances of “Cinderella.” However, Village Theatre is offering some fully masked performances at each location. Masked performances are as follows: Issaquah, Nov. 16-17, Dec. 3, 10, 15 (matinee), 17 and 22 (matinee). Everett: January 12 (matinee), 14, 21, Jan. 26 (matinee) and Jan. 28.
Disney in concert: ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will be projected in its entirety on the big screen with dialogue, singing and effects, accompanied by Danny Elfman’s darkly charming score played live by the Seattle Symphony.
Disney Jr. Live
See beloved Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes live on stage in a concert-style show with singing, dancing, acrobatics, and more. Here’s the storyline: Mickey, Minnie, and their pals are getting ready to throw a huge costume party but mysterious green weather keeps interrupting the fun. Can Spidey and his Amazing Friends help save the Costume Palooza?
Nutcracker Sweets at ARC
The magic of “The Nutcracker” comes alive for families in this child-friendly version of this holiday classic ballet. Perfect for young audiences, with roughly a 90-minute run time, “Nutcracker Sweets” features students from ARC School along with members of the professional Company, ARC Dance. Note: This is a favorite tradition for families across Seattle, and most likely will sell out, so act soon!
The traditional holiday classic is a great excuse to get dressed up for an afternoon or evening on the town. Seeing “The Nutcracker” is an annual event for many families and, for some kids, it’s their introduction to a grownup performance. The show runs just over two hours, including a 25-minute intermission. (Speaking of intermission, PNB is offering the family-friendly Nutcracker Suite, with Nutcracker-inspired snacks, confections, and beverages. Those tickets are separate from performance tickets.)
You can also stream “The Nutcracker” at home, a pandemic offering that proved so popular, PNB kept it! Here’s how that works.
Hip Hop Nutcracker
Tap into a unique dance show that combines the traditional story of the Nutcracker with modern-day dance moves. This show brings hip-hop dance and Tchaikovsky’s timeless music into a heart-stirring and inspirational holiday event.
Peppa Pig’s Adventure
Join Peppa on an exciting camping trip in the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of singing, dancing, games and surprises. This is a 60-minute live musical experience.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
This is the first North American tour for the stage production of “Moulin Rouge,” inspired by the Baz Luhrmann film. Described as a “musical mash-up extravaganza,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” celebrates more than 160 years of music, from Offenbach to Lady Gaga. The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the film, plus newer hits as it creates “a world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment.” Note: Recommended for people 12 and older.