Performing Arts – Plan Ahead Calendar


We love theatre and music and all the performing arts. We also 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. The lovely thing about children’s theatre is that there are almost always books to go along with the performance. We’ve added reading ideas below many of the performances in the form of Amazon affiliate links, from which we receive a commission. Of course you can get most of these books from the library or local booksellers, like the Red Balloon Bookshop.

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PLAYING NOW OR SOON

• 12/13/18-12/14/18: An “Eventually” Christmas Holiday at the Mill | Perpich Center for Arts Education After reading the book “Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs,” students developed this musical. Gig presents a profound, multi-textured, hilarious, mesmerizing look into the lives of America’s often forgotten individuals – the worker.  FREE, but Reservations Requested.

• 12/13/18-12/16/18: An “Eventually” Christmas Holiday at the Mill | Mill City Museum, Minneapolis A Christmas Play based on 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party. Recommended for ages 8+ Tickets $16-$20/pp.

 


• Every Thursday-Saturday: ComedySportz Twin Cities | Calhoun Square, Uptown Minneapolis • Family-friendly improv comedy show, played as a sport. Thursday, Friday and Saturday @ 8pm. • Recommended for grade school and up • Tickets are $10 on Thursdays; $14 adults/$12 for children, students and seniors on Friday/Saturday. (Check Goldstar for discounted tickets!)


• Now-12/17/18: A Year with Frog and Toad | Youth Performance Company @ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center • Based on the Film and Broadway musical of the same name • Recommended for All Ages • Tickets $12.00-$15.00. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

• Now-12/18/18: The Chanukah Guest | Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company • Based on the children’s book by Eric A. Kimmel • Tickets $20.00.

• Now-12/21/18: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond, WI • The epic tale of the Herdman clan as they take on small-town gossips and takeover the local Christmas Pageant based on the book by Barbara Robinson • All Ages • Tickets $10-$12

• Now-12/22/18: A Charlie Brown Christmas | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • Everyone’s favorite classic Christmas special on stage • All Ages • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

• Now-12/23/18: Women Beware Women | Classical Actors Ensemble performing at Performing at the Gremlin Theater, 550 Vandalia Street, St. Paul • What happens when “happily ever after” meets a dark and dangerous world? • 13+? • Tickets $18.00-$42.00.

• Now-12/23/18: Measure for Measure | Classical Actors Ensemble performing at Performing at the Gremlin Theater, 550 Vandalia Street, St. Paul • When law doesn’t equal justice, what recourse do we have? • 13+? • Tickets $18.00-$42.00.

• Now-12/23/18: Black Nativity | Penumbra Theatre | This musical was created by Poet Langston Hughes | Tickets $15-$40.

• Now -12/23/18: Santaland Diaries | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • Based on the book by David Sedaris. You may want to read (or better listen to the book read by the author) before deciding whether to share with the kids. Sedaris is hilarious,  but not a children’s writer. • Teens/Adults? • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE).

Now-12/27/18: Mary Poppins | Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • Enjoy a Holly Jolly Holiday with Mary Poppins. • All Ages •  Tickets $14-$16.


• Now-12/29/18: Little Red Riding Hood | Sidekick Theatre, Bloomginton • Musical based on Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale. • Tickets $18. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).


Now-12/29/18: Winnie the Pooh | Old Log Theatre, Excelsior • Musical based on everyone’s favorite bear of very little brain. • Tickets $14-$16


• Now-12/29/18: A Christmas Carol | The Guthrie | This Twin Cities favorite may be best suited for families with older children. Tickets $15+.

• Now-12/30/18: Elf, The Musical | Ordway • Musical based on the movie, but there is still a book to go with it! • 6+ • Tickets $56+. Check our Goldstar affiliate link for discounted tickets.


• Now-1/6/19Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis •  Back by popular demand, the Seuss classic. • All Ages • Tickets $15+Use this Link For a 20% Discount on Tickets. But hurry, this offer expires December 1, 2018.


• Now-2/23/19: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn | Chanhassen Dinner Theatre • Musical based on the movie. • Under 5 not admitted.  Tickets $51-$91.


 • 12/14/18-12/20/18: Home for the Holidays Minnesota Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall • Combines music performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and storytelling by Kevin Kling with a Minnesotan slant on Christmas and family traditions. • Ages 6+ •  Tickets.


• 12/14/18-12/23/18: Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy| State Theatre • More than 150 dancers, artists and production professionals collaborate to create this annual Holiday show. • Tickets $30-$75. Check our Goldstar affiliate link for discounted tickets.


• 12/15/18: Holiday Festival Series- Sing-a-Long | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • Ages 3+ • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE).

• 12/15/18: Saturday Puppet Show: Penguin in my Pocket | In The Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre • A Season of engaging puppet shows at 10 a.m. and 12 noon, with puppet-making workshop at 11 am. Tickets $7 Show; $3-$5/Workshop.


• 12/15/18-12/16/18: Classic Nutcracker with Live Symphony Orchestra | Metropolitan Ballet and Kenwood Symphony Orchestra @ Lindbergh Center Auditorium, 2400 Lindbergh Dr. Minnetonka • Minnesota’s only Nutcracker with a Full Symphony Orchestra. • All Ages • Tickets $39-$59Check our Goldstar affiliate link for discounted tickets.


• 12/18/18-12/30/18: Les Misérables | Orpheum, Minneapolis • The true story of King’s rise to stardom featuring pop classics • Recommended for 11+. Tickets prices $54+.


• 12/22/18: Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms in Concert Live to Film Minnesota Orchestra @ Minneapolis Convention Center • Disney film with a full symphony orchestra. • Ages 6+ •  Tickets.

12/28/18-12/29/18: Seussical Jr. presented by Moore Than Dance | Totino-Grace High School, 1350 Gardena Ave. NE, Fridley, MN 55432 | 2pm or 6pm | $15 | Join us for our winter musical production of Seussical Jr. and watch those amazing Seuss characters and stories come to life on stage!

JANUARY 2019 PERFORMING ARTS

• 1/3/19-1/6/19: Star Wars in Concert Minnesota Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall • Journey to a galaxy far, far away to relive the excitement of the original Star Wars movie as the Minnesota Orchestra performs an exhilarating live accompaniment. • Ages 6+ • Tickets.

• 1/5/19-1/6/19: Epiphany Concert by Consortium Carissimi| Chapel of Saint Mary – Saint Paul Seminary • Consortium Carissimi’s annual Epiphany Concerts continue to bring the larger works of the Baroque to the Twin Cities audience •  Tickets prices $25/adult; Under 18 Free.


1/12/19 Xplorchestra: Powerful Percussion | St. Paul Chamber Orchestra @ Ordway, St. Paul • Discover and participate in the captivating world of classical music through this performance geared for families with children ages 5–9. Featuring an SPCO ensemble, this is a 50-minute musical journey that everyone is sure to enjoy. Tickets FREE, but required and sell out fast.


• 1/15/19-2/24/19: Mr. Popper’s Penguins | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis •  It is hard enough for Mr. Popper, a modest painter, to support himself and his family, and the unexpected addition of twelve penguins makes it even tougher. • 4+ • Tickets $15+.


1/18/19-2/18/19:Three Snow Bears | Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • A twist on a classic fairy tale by Jan Brett. • All Ages •  Tickets $14-$16.


• 1/18/19: Young People’s: Future Classics for Secondary Students | Minnesota Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall • A concert that changes lives and may change the course of music, as emerging composers share their most exciting new work with you. • Recommended for grades 6-12 • Tickets & Downloads.


• 1/26/19: MN Youth Symphonies Music & Melody Makers | Benson Great Hall, 3900 Bethel Dr, Arden Hills • This free program provides preschool and elementary students a hands-on experience with the instruments of the orchestra. MYS students demonstrate and help children play each instrument, including strings, percussion, and winds. Participants also watch an orchestra in rehearsal and receive an activity book. Read Anne’s Experience Here. • Free, But Registration Requested


• 1/28/19-2/25/19: Three Billy Goats Gruff  | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond, WI • The tale of a hungry ogre and three billy goat brothers. Gianna reviewed an previous production of this play. • Pre-K-3rd Grade • Tickets $10-$12


• 1/29/19-3/10/19: The Biggest Little House in the Forest | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • A preschool favorite production of a group of animals who learn to share the perfect little house. • PreK • Tickets $15+.



FEBRUARY 2019 PERFORMING ARTS

2/2/19 Free Family Concert | St. Paul Chamber Orchestra @ Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis • 50-minute concert explores the creative process with children ages 6–12 and their families. Tickets FREE, but required and sell out fast.

• 2/2/19: Frozen Movie Sing-Along by VocalEssence | American Swedish Institute • Don your best Frozen attire and sing-along to this Disney classic with Elsa and Anna • Tickets prices $15/adult; Under 18 FREE.


• 2/7/19-2/24/19: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters – An African Tale | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • A musical adaptation of the Caldecott Award-Winning book. This folktale from Zimbabwe, demonstrates that beauty is not the measure of greatness, and strength is found in kindness. • Ages 5+ • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

• 2/8/19-2/104/19: PAW Patrol Live!: The Great Pirate Adventure | State Theater • A live version of the popular cartoon. • PreK • Tickets $25+.



• 2/8/19-2/24/19: Periphery | Youth Performance Company @ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center • Based on the Film and Broadway musical of the same name • Recommended for 4th Grade+ • Tickets $12.00-$15.00. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

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2/9/19 Xplorchestra | St. Paul Chamber Orchestra @ Sanctuary Covenant Church, North Minneapolis • Discover and participate in the captivating world of classical music through this performance geared for families with children ages 5–9. Featuring an SPCO ensemble, this is a 50-minute musical journey that everyone is sure to enjoy. Tickets FREE, but required and sell out fast.

• 2/13/19-2/14/19: Young People’s: The Planets | Minnesota Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall • Experience the power and majesty of Gustav Holst’s famous work The Planets. • Recommended for grades 3-6 • Tickets & Downloads.


2/15/19-2/24/19: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse | Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • This is actually three Kevin Henkes picture books weaved into one story by Kevin Kling. (Gianna reviewed this play when Stages performed it and much of this review is relevant to any production.) Ages 3+ • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE).

• 2/21/19: PBS Kids Live! Really Big tiny Adventure State Theater • 4:30pm Activities; 6pm Show • The story of Dot, Dee, and Del, the PBS KIDS brother and sisters seen every day on PBS stations and Apps. Tickets $28.50-$99.00.


• 2/23/19: Sensory-Friendly: Soulful Voice of the Veena Schubert Club, St. Paul • 10:30am • A sensory-friendly general admission family concert. Tickets Required $0-$5.


MARCH 2019 PERFORMING ARTS

• 3/6/19-3/10//19: Family/Young People’s: Carnival of the Animals | Minnesota Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall • Saint-Saëns’ masterpiece for two pianos and orchestra• Recommended for grades 1-3 • Tickets & Downloads.

• 3/6/19-3/17/19: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory| Orpheum, Minneapolis • Musical based on Roald Dahl’s classic book • Recommended for 6+. Tickets.


• 3/7/19-3/8/19: Seussical  | Old Gem Theater, New Richmond, WI • Musical based on favorite books by Dr. Seuss. • All Ages • Tickets $10-$12


3/8/19-3/24/19:Owl Moon | Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • “When you go owling you don’t need words or warm or anything but hope.” • All Ages •  Tickets $14-$16.

• 3/9/19: Winter Youth Juggling Showcase | Hopkins High School, 2400 Lindberg Drive, Minnetonka • Showcase for JUGHEADS Youth Juggling Company jugglers. • FREE.


• 3/12/19-4/14/19: The Hobbit | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis •  Bilbo Baggins becomes an unlikely hero in this J.R.R. Tolkien classic. • 8+ • Tickets $15+.

3/16/19 Start the Music: Spirited Strings | St. Paul Chamber Orchestra @ Ordway, St. Paul • Geared to ages 3–6 and their families. Come early for crafts, games and activities, followed by the SPCO’s string trio accompaniment to the classic children’s tale of The Three Bears in a 30-minute concert. Tickets FREE, but required and sell out fast.

• 3/19/19 PJ Masks Live! Save the Day | State Theater, Minneapolis. • See every 3-year-old’s favorite pajama-clad super heroes live. Tickets $39-$59.


3/21/19-4/7/19: Dandelion Girl | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • 8-year-old Payton faces bullies in her own non-violent way in this world premier story. • Ages 6+ • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.


3/22/19-3/31/19Little Women, The Musical | Loft Stage, East Ridge High School • Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of the March sisters. Ages 6+ • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE).


3/23/19 Xplorchestra: Spirited Strings | St. Paul Chamber Orchestra @ Humboldt High School, W St. Paul • Discover and participate in the captivating world of classical music through this 50-minute performance geared for families with children ages 5–9. Tickets FREE, but required and sell out fast.


• 3/30/19: Tales & Tunes by VocalEssence | Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis • A musical story time withe a craft, sing along nursery rhymes and Nancy Carlson reading some of her most-loved books. • Tickets prices $15/adult; Under 18 FREE.

Pick your favorite Nancy Carlson book to reread before you go.


APRIL 2019 PERFORMING ARTS

• 4/5/19-4/14/19: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged): Revised| Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • The full production is on YouTube if you are unsure if your kids are ready. The creators made a children’s pop-up companion book that can be found on Amazon • Ages 8+? • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE).


• 4/6/19: MN Youth Symphonies Music & Melody Makers | Benson Great Hall, 3900 Bethel Dr, Arden Hills • This free program provides preschool and elementary students a hands-on experience with the instruments of the orchestra. MYS students demonstrate and help children play each instrument, including strings, percussion, and winds. Participants also watch an orchestra in rehearsal and receive an activity book. Read Anne’s Experience Here. • Free, But Registration Requested.

• 4/12/19-5/12/19: The Most Magnificent Thing| Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • The design process comes alive! A stem-inspired story! • All Ages •  Tickets $14-$16.


4/13/19 Start the Music: Spirited Strings | St. Paul Chamber Orchestra @ Sanctuary Covenant Church, Minneapolis • Geared to ages 3–6 and their families. Come early for crafts, games and activities, followed by the SPCO’s string trio accompaniment to the classic children’s tale of The Three Bears in a 30-minute concert. Tickets FREE, but required and sell out fast.


• 4/24/19-5/19/19: Spring Show 2019: Bon Appétit! | Circus Juventas, St. Paul • A delectable buffet of artistic delights honoring all things culinary. The Spring Show is actually 3 separate shows showcasing the talents of beginner to intermediate students • All Ages • Tickets.


• 4/26/19-5/19/19: Hidden Heroes: The Black Women of NASA| Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • Based on the book Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA. By Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris. • All Ages •  Tickets $14-$16.


• 4/28/19-6/23/19: Roald Dahl’s MATILDA, The Musical | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis •  The story of Matilda whose dreadful parents hate her and headmistress is a horrible, nasty, name-calling, life-sucking tyrant who puts kids in cupboards with nails and broken glass. • 6+ • Tickets $15+.


MAY 2019 PERFORMING ARTS

• 5/3/19-5/19/19: Tuck Everlasting | Youth Performance Company @ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center • Based on the Film and Broadway musical of the same name • Recommended for 3rdGrade+ • Tickets $12.00-$15.00. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).


• 5/7/19-6/7/19: Peter Pan| Old Gem Theater, New Richmond, WI • The classic tale of a free-spirited child who wouldn’t grow up. Join Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and the Lost Children as they lead the Darling children on the adventure of a lifetime. • All Ages • Tickets $10-$12


• 5/8/19-5/9/19: Young People’s Concert: The Tin Forest | Minnesota Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall • The beloved children’s book The Tin Forest comes to life in this magical concert.• Recommended for grades 1-3 • Tickets & Downloads.


• 5/11/19-5/12/19: Early Baroque meets Jazz by Consortium Carissimi| The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music • What does the music of Claudio Monteverdi and Jeremy Walker have in common? Italian Poetry of G.B. Marino and a figured Bass line. •  Tickets prices $25/adult; Under 18 Free.


• 5/12/19: Family Concert: The Tin Forest | Minnesota Orchestra @ Orchestra Hall • Family version of the Young People’s Concert • Tickets & Downloads.

• 5/11/19: Okee Dokee Brothers | Hopkins Center for Arts • Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative • Tickets $30.

• 5/21/19: VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Community Concert | Ordway, St. Paul • Celebrate Mexico through new music sung by students. • FREE, Tickets Available 3/18/19.


JUNE 2019 PERFORMING ARTS

6/1/19-6/16/19: Through the Narrows: a Watch it, Make it, Take it Event | Z-Puppets, Minneapolis • Watch the puppet show then participate in the make & take event. • Ages 12+ • Tickets $7-$25.

6/26/19-7/18/19: Junie B. Jones, Jr., The Musical | Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul • The exploits of the precocious Junie B. Jones come to the stage. • Ages 5+ • Tickets $12.00-$16.00.

• 6/2819-8/4/19: Willy Wonka | Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • Based on the 1971 movie based on the Roald Dahl Book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. • All Ages •  Tickets $14-$16.

 

JULY 2019 PERFORMING ARTS

• 7/19/19-7/28/19: Freaky Friday| Merrill Community Theatre, Woodbury • Musical based on the book and Disney films • Ages 8+? • Tickets $8.00-$22.00 (Military FREE).

• 7/26/19-8/11/19: Summer Show 2019 | Circus Juventas, St. Paul • A fairy tale mashup told in the high-flying, acrobatic style of Circus Juventas • All Ages • Tickets on Sale June 24, 2019.


AUGUST 2019 PERFORMING ARTS

8/7/19-8/2519: Inch by Inch| Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • Theatre for the Very Young. • Ages 0-5 •  Tickets $14-$16.


OCTOBER 2019 PERFORMING ARTS

10/15/19-10/20/19: Expectation Station | DanceCo @ Avalon Theatre, Minneapolis. • Hold the date, coming back by popular demand.  Read our 2017 review here.

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