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Allison Sheppard and the North American Touring Company of "JAGGED LITTLE PILL." (Photo by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade)

Live theater: Family-friendly shows on Seattle stages, fall/winter 2022

Here's what's on local stages during the fall and holiday season.

Live theater in Seattle:

‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Village Theatre, Everett Performing Arts Center, Oct. 28-Nov. 20, 2022.

Romance! Murder! Doo-wop! Aliens! A wildly entertaining dark sci-fi musical comedy, “Little Shop of Horrors” follows the misadventures of a floral shopkeeper who discovers a seemingly harmless new breed of plant — with a secret taste for human blood. This Broadway classic blends the sounds of rock and Motown and is considered one of the funniest musical comedies.

Note: Audience members are required to wear masks when watching this production.


Jade McLeod and Lauren Chanel in the North American Tour of “JAGGED LITTLE PILL.” (Photo by Matthew Murphy, Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade)

‘Jagged Little Pill’

Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Nov. 8-13

Inspired by the rock album of the same name by Alanis Morissette, “Jagged Little Pill” is an original story about a perfectly imperfect American family that opened on Broadway in late 2019 and received 15 Tony nominations the following year. Important note: This show is recommended for people 14 and older. The producers say: “This production contains strong language, adult themes, drug use, and moments of sexual violence that some may find upsetting.

‘Paddington Saves Christmas’

Nov. 15-Dec. 31, Seattle Children’s Theatre

“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.)


‘The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley’

Nov. 23-Dec. 20, Taproot Theatre Company, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle

“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.)


‘Mr. Dickens and His Carol’

Seattle Rep (Bagley Wright Theater, Seattle Center), Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 2022.

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.


Village Theatre: Issaquah, Nov. 16-Dec. 23, 2022; Everett, Jan. 6-29, 2023.

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.


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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 14-year-old girl.