The Raleigh Little Theatre's youth series features some classic storybook characters this season.
Here's what's on the schedule:
- "Merry Christmas, Strega Nona," Nov. 4 to Nov. 20. Long ago, near a little town in Calabria, Italy lived an old witch called Strega Nona “Grandma Witch.” She knew magic and loved to use it to help people. Big Anthony, Strega Nona’s helper, didn’t like to work, never paid attention and almost always got into trouble. Every Christmas Eve, Strega Nona made a big feast for all the people of Calabria with no magic at all because she says, “No magic at Christmastime. Christmas has a magic all its own.” After Big Anthony nearly ruined Christmas by another one of his goofs, it seemed like nothing but a miracle could save Strega Nona’s feast. But Christmas is a time for miracles…and wonderful surprises too. The musical is based on the story by Tomie dePaola.
- "The Adventures of Nate the Great," March 9 to March 25. Nate the Great is the sharpest kid detective ever to solve his neighborhood's mysteries. With his faithful dog, Sludge, and his friends, he solves important cases, always remembering to leave a note for his mother and wear his galoshes! It's the Our Gang comedies meet Raymond Chandler, a spoof of "B" movie mysteries. The mystery is based on the Nate the Great series of books by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat.
- "Dear Edwina Junior," May 4 to May 20. At last, a musical that features a cast of nearly all girl performers! In the classic tradition of "let's put on a show," 13-year-old Edwina Spoonapple decides that she and her pals will do just that. Their “Advice-A-Palooza” extravaganza features such hilarious and endearing songs as ‘Put It in the Piggy,’ ‘Frankenguest’ and ‘Hola Lola,’ offering clever advice on kid-troubling issues that run the gamut from what to do when offered icky food to how to deal with a truly annoying brother. Written in the style of Schoolhouse Rock Live! and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Dear Edwina Junior is the perfect girl power musical for a new generation.
A youth series membership package for all three shows is $26 for kids ages 12 and under and $40 for teens and adults. Individual tickets for the shows range between $12 and $15 for adults and $9 and $10 for kids. Click here for more information about the shows and to get tickets.
And the Raleigh Little Theatre has at least two other shows that will appeal to families.
"Sing Me A Story: A Gilbert & Sullivan Concert" follows the story of a mom whose kids won't settle down for bed so she recreates four Gilbert & Sullivan stories for them. It's performed by The Durham Savoyards, who have performed the comic operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan for nearly 50 years. It's Oct. 29 and Oct. 30. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students.
And its musical "Cinderella," has become a Christmas tradition for families across the Triangle. It's set for Dec. 9 to Dec. 18. Tickets are $25 each. Get $5 off if you purchase a youth series membership.
All of these performances take place at Raleigh Little Theatre's complex at 301 Pogue St. near Cameron Village in Raleigh.
For more about the Raleigh Little Theatre's shows and its theater programs and classes for kids, click here.
I'm adding this post to our 2011-12 Children's Series page where you can find information about other performances for kids this season in the Triangle.