Performing Arts – Plan Ahead Calendar

We love theatre and music and all the performing arts, but we recognize they take some pre-planning. We’ll keep a running list of current and upcoming performances on this page so you can peruse ahead and pick your favorites.

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DECEMBER 2017 – Performing Arts Schedule

Now-12/30/17: Snow White and the Seven Vikings | Old Log Theatre, Excelsior
A family-friendly adaptation of the classic fairy tale with a Norse twist. • Age 2+ (lap passes $5) • Tickets $14.00-$16.00.

Now-2/17/18: Life Could Be A Dream | Old Log Theatre, Excelsior

A high school quartet tries to win the local radio contest on Big Whopper Radio. • Age 6+ • Tickets $30.00-$40.00

Now-2/17/18: Honest Magic Show | Old Log Theatre, Excelsior

Sundays at 6 p.m. A mix of sleight of hand, audience participation, and a handful of things which have no logical explanation. • Age 6+ • Tickets $15.00

Now-12/28/17: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. | Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins

The junior production based on the Broadway musical, based on the animated movie, based on the classic fairy tale. • All Ages • Tickets $5.00-$16.00.

Now-12/22/17: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul

So good, you could see it twice. • Age 7+ • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

DECEMBER 2017 - Performing Arts Schedule - The Grinch

photo by Kaitlin Randolph

Now-1/7/18: Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis. 
Read Gianna’s Review. • All Ages • Tickets $15.00-$64.00.

Now-12/28/17: The Prince Meets His Match | Sidekick Theatre, Bloomington

A musical fairy tale about a proud prince and a poor, kindhearted maiden. • All Ages • Tickets $9.00-$18.00

Now-12/22/17: The Nutcracker | Continental Ballet Company @ Schneider Theater, Bloomington

Based on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis • Recommended for 3rd grade & up • Tickets $12.00-$15.00

Now-12/31/17: Annie |  Ordway, St. Paul •

One of the best-loved musicals of all time brings to live the extraordinary story of an orphan who ends up in the lap of luxury • 6+ • Tickets: $34+.

Now-12/22/17: A Year With Frog & Toad | Old Gem Theater 

The adventures of  Frog and Toad, over the course of a year, from their spring’s awakening to winter’s Christmas celebration. • All Ages • Tickets: Adults $12; Students/Seniors $10.

12/15/17: Symphony Concert: Transformations | GTCYS @ Ted Mann Concert Hall • Transformations explores the emotionally transformative power of music. The University of Minnesota will also feature a live stream of this concert, which can be found here. • All Ages • Tickets: $6 – $14.

12/15/17-12/17/17: Family Concert: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis • Full-length film complete with John Williams’ legendary score performed live by the Minnesota Orchestra • Tickets: $41.25-$90.00.

12/15/17-12/17/17: Academy of Russian Ballet Nutcracker Ballet | Eden Prairie HS Performing Arts Ctr, 17185 Valley View Road
This authentically Russian classical version of Hoffman Christmas story set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, faithful to the original Marius Petipa choreography • All Ages • Tickets $22.00-$32.00.

12/16/17-12/17/17: Metropolitan Ballet Nutcracker Ballet with Live Orchestra | Hopkins Auditorium, 2400 Lindberg Drive
Minnesota’s only Nutcracker with a full symphony • All Ages • Tickets $29.00-$59.00.

12/21/17: A Minnesota Orchestra Christmas: Home for the Holidays | Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

Heartwarming show of songs and stories featuring a new work by Minneapolis’ own storyteller laureate Kevin Kling • Tickets: $12.00-$70.00.

JANUARY 2018 – Performing Arts Schedule

1/6/18Lupita Doesn’t Want to Sleep  | In the Heart of the Beast Mask & Puppet Theatre, Minneapolis
This story by Gustavo and Julie Boada follows feisty Lupita as she finds ways to keep playing at bedtime. Performed in Spanish and English. All Ages •  Suggested Ticket Price $7 at the door.

1/6/18 & 1/8/18Annual Epiphany Concerts  | Consortium Carissimi @ St. Paul Seminary Chapel, St. Paul

Featuring Palestrina’s motet Salve Regina for three choirs and baroque trombones and The Missa Papae Marcelli of 1561 for male voices and baroque trombones, along with Carissimi’s compositions for soprano voices with bass continuo, all ending with a delightful Piva. All Ages •  Tickets $25/general admission; $20 Seniors 65+; $10 Students 18+; Youth under 18 always free.

1/11/18-1/21/18: Forever Flight | Southern Theatre, 1420 S. Washington Ave.. Minneapolis, MN

A lonely boy needs a friend — so he folds one out of a piece of paper! When his paper plane flies too far, it’s up to him to journey across land, air, sea, and even outer space to find it — and grow up along the way. All Ages •  Tickets: Children: $8.00; Adults: $20.00; Lap children: FREE.

1/13/18Nalah and the Pink Tiger | In the Heart of the Beast Mask & Puppet Theatre, Minneapolis

The story of Nalah, written and performed by Anne Sawyer, celebrates the joyful explosiveness of a child’s imagination. Original soundtrack by Matt Larson. All Ages •  Suggested Ticket Price $7 at the door.

1/20/18It and Git – Or How Change Makes the World Go Round | In the Heart of the Beast Mask & Puppet Theatre, Minneapolis

A story of two amoebas along the dangerous and miraculous path to becoming human, created and performed by Theresa Linnihan. All Ages •  Suggested Ticket Price $7 at the door.

1/22/18-2/23/18: Stone Soup | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond

An audience participation story of greedy yet poor villagers who live lonely and hungry lives until a crafty stranger cooks up a magical pot of soup • PreK-3rd Grade • Tickets: Adults $12; Students/Seniors $10.

1/23/18-3/18/18: The Wiz | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis

Produced in partnership with Penumbra Theatre, this adaptation of the Wizard of Oz has become a stage classic. • All Ages • Tickets $15.00-$64.00.

1/27/18Gary’s Garden | In the Heart of the Beast Mask & Puppet Theatre, Minneapolis 

A new show created and performed by Seth Eberle teaches children where food comes from about where food comes from and how plants grow.  Ages 2-7 •  Suggested Ticket Price $7 at the door.
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Gary’s Garden at In The Heart of the Beast

FEBRUARY 2018 – Performing Arts Schedule

2/2/17-2/18/18: Most Valuable Player | Youth Performance Company @ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
The Jackie Robinson Story • Recommended for 3rd grade & up • Tickets $12.00-$15.00.

2/3/18: Martina the Cockroach, and Perez the Mouse / La Cucarachita Martina y el Raton Perez | In the Heart of the Beast Mask & Puppet Theatre, Minneapolis

Bilingual version Cuban/Puerto Rican folk tale about Martina the beautiful and hardworking dancing cockroach. All Ages •  Suggested Ticket Price $7 at the door.

2/7/18-3/3/18: Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul
Based on the middle grade novel of the same name. • Grades 3+ • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

2/10/18: Loon’s Song | In the Heart of the Beast Mask & Puppet Theatre, Minneapolis

As the constellations move into their spring location, Grandfather Turtle waits with anticipation for the return of his beloved granddaughter, Loon. All Ages •  Suggested Ticket Price $7 at the door.

2/15/18-2/17/18: Family Concert: Westside Story | Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
Full-length remastered film complete with Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score performed live by the Minnesota Orchestra • Tickets: $12.00.

2/17/18: Tiger Man  | In the Heart of the Beast Mask & Puppet Theatre, Minneapolis

Can Tiger Man’s speed and strength and magic drum save the day when the Evil Onie crashes their super party? All Ages •  Suggested Ticket Price $7 at the door.

2/27/18-2/28/18: Romeo and Juliet performed by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo | Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis
Northrop Family Series: Ballet performance of Shakespeare’s tragic love story • Tickets $32.00-$74.00. (Ask for the 50% Discount for Children).

Disney on Ice - Performing Arts Schedule

2/28/18-3/4/18: Disney on Ice: FROZEN | Target Center, Minneapolis
All of our favorite friends–Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Tinkerbell and a snowman • Tickets $11+

MARCH 2018 – Performing Arts Schedule

3/3/18: Okee Dokee Brothers |  Ordway, St. Paul
One of our favorite bands is back in the Twin Cities for the Ordway Family Series• All Ages • Tickets: $16.00-$20.00.
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Image Courtesy Okee Dokee Brothers

3/3/18: Borderline performed by Company Wang Ramirez | Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis

Northrop Family Series: combines hip-hop, contemporary dance, acrobatics and ballet • Tickets $21.00-$46.00. (Ask for the 50% Discount for Children). 

3/4/18: Family Concert: Stories in Music | Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

A family concert sure to delight audiences of all ages • Tickets: $30.00-$69.00.

3/6/18-3/11/18: School of Rock | Orpheum, Minneapolis

Traveling Broadway Musical. Find more information and study ideas in our directory • Age 8+ • Tickets $39+.

3/22/18-3/25/18: Pinkalicious | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond

Pinkalicious develops Pinkititis after eating too many pink cupcakes. Musical based on the book of the same name. • All Ages • Tickets: Adults $12; Students/Seniors $10.

3/31/18: Family Concert: TAO Drum Heart | Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

A fusion of explosive Japanese Taiko drumming, contemporary costumes and eye-popping choreography • Tickets: $30.00-$70.00.

APRIL 2018 – Performing Arts Schedule

4/3/18 • Power Rangers Live | State Theatre, Minneapolis
Cashing in on 25 years of cheesy children’s programming • All Ages • Tickets $39.50+.

4/7/18-4/8/18: Swan Lake performed by Houston Ballet | Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis

Swan Lake ballet, performed with a live orchestra, tells the story of a maiden transformed into a swan and the Prince who swears eternal love • Tickets $33.00-$76.00. (Ask for the 50% Discount for Children).

4/14/17: GTCYS Symphony Family Concert | GTCYSOrdway 
Symphony performs professional repertoire, including a complete symphony every season and works by living composers. • All Ages • Free and Open to the Public.
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies

Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies

4/14/17: Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny | Mermaid Theatre @ Ordway

Part of the Ordway Family Series. • All Ages • Tickets $16.00-$20.00.

4/15/17: Symphony Series Concert ft. Philharmonia East | GTCYS @ Ted Mann Concert Hall

Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith leads Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies’ premier Symphony orchestra in a series of outstanding performances at Ted Mann Concert Hall. • All Ages • Tickets: $6 – $14.

4/18/18: Keigwin & Co Celebrates Bernstein | Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis

Northrop celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday • Tickets $10.00-$30.00. (Ask for the 50% Discount for Children).

4/20/18-4/21/18: Family Concert: Cameron Carpenter Plays Rachmaninoff | Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

Carpenter’s signature International Touring Organ uses sophisticated technology to reproduce the sounds of many different American pipe organs at the touch of a button • Tickets: $12.00-$96.00.

MAY 2018 – Performing Arts Schedule

5/1/18: Disney Junior Dance Party | Orpheum, Minneapolis
Traveling interactive sing-along concert with costumed characters from popular Disney shows • Age 1-5 • Tickets $29.50+.

5/2/18-5/19/18: The Princess’ Nightingale | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul

A twist on the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale about a magical competition between a prince and princess to learn the wonders of their land. •  Tickets $12.00-$16.00.
Based on the Film and Broadway musical of the same name • Recommended for 3rd grade & up • Tickets $12.00-$15.00.

5/4/18-6/8/18: Pippi LongstockingOld Gem Theater, New Richmond

A musical adaptation of the book, follow Pippi Longstocking and Mr. Nilsson on one outrageous adventure after another • All Ages • Tickets: Adults $12; Students/Seniors $10.

5/18/18-5/19/18: Family Concert: Cirque Goes to the Movies | Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

Minnesota Orchestra plays favorite film scores while acrobats perform • Tickets: $25.00-$65.00.

JULY 2018 – Performing Arts Schedule

7/13/18-7/29/18: The Wizard of Oz | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul
Dorothy and Toto’s adventure in the Land of Oz • All Ages • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.


OCTOBER 2018 – Performing Arts Schedule

10/15/18-10/21/18: Save the Date | DanceCo @ Avalon Theatre, Minneapolis.
Save the date for another all ages MEA weekend performance from DanceCo.

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