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. Of course you can get most of these books from the library, but if you do order them through our links, Family Fun Twin Cities receives a small commission on sales.

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PLAYING NOW OR SOON

• 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-7/20/18: Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang | Mounds View Community Theatre • Based on the movie and adapted for stage. Interesting fact: The movie was based on a book by Ian Fleming (James Bond author), but is barely the same story. • Tickets $8-$20. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).


• Now-7/28/18: Driveway TourLittle Grandpa’s Big Surprise | Open Eye Figure Theatre in Driveways across the Twin Cities • It’s Little Grandpa’s 100th birthday and everyone was too busy to remember…but not for long!. • FREE. (Find individual dates/address on our calendar).

Performing Arts - Summer 2018

Open Eye Driveway Tour


• Now-7/28/18: 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. (Pay as You Are Able: July 15)


• Now-7/28/18: Singin’ In the Rain | Eagan HS Summer Community Theater • This musical will feature actual rain on stage • All Ages • Tickets $12.00-$15.00


Now-7/29/18: The Best Summer Ever! | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis • School is out, and we see summer through the eyes of nine-year-old Maurice. • 8+ • Tickets start at $10. Read Joy’s review here.

• Now-8/5/18: DreamWorks Madagascar—A Musical Adventure| Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • A musical adaptation of the Dreamworks animated film that will make you want to “Move it, Move it”. • All ages • Tickets $5.00-$16.00. (Pay What You Can: Sunday 7/1/18 – 2:00 PM).


• Now-8/5/18: Mama Mia | Ordway • Tale of family and friendship, told through the music of ABBA. • 13+ • Tickets $34+


• Now-8/10/18: How I Became A Pirate | Old Log Theatre, Excelsior • A family-friendly pirate musical. • Tickets $14-$16.


• Now-8/10/18: Boogie Down to Bremen Town | Sidekick Theatre, Bloomginton • Musical based on the Grimm Fairy Tale. • Tickets $18. (Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).


• Now-9/29/18: Disney’s Newsies | Chanhassen Dinner Theatre • Disney’s musical Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City • Recommended for 7+; Under 5 not admitted. Tickets $51-$91. (There is a book, but I believe it is based on the musical, not the other way around. I’m not often impressed with Disney’s novelizations of its movies.)

• 7/18/18: Carmen for Young Audiences | Mill City Summer Opera @ Mill City Museum • A  one-hour version of Carmen geared for children, introduces the concept of opera and includes audience participation. • All Ages • Tickets at the Door: $5/adult; Free for Kids.

• 7/20/18-7/22/18: Bob Stromberg: Comedy Café Bruentrup Heritage Farm • A weekend of Minnesota-sourced food and clean comedy • All Ages • Tickets $35-$45.


7/2018-7/29/18: The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Loft Theatre, Woodbury • Musical based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film. • Rated PG • Tickets $15-$20Check for Goldstar discounted tickets).

• 7/26/18-8/2/18: James and the Giant Peach | Highland Park Community Center • A musical based on Roald Dahl’s classic • All Ages • $10 General Admission.


• 7/27/18: Roderick Cox Conducts Symphony in 60 | Orchestra Hall • One hour concert of gorgeous music featuring selections by Beethoven, Salonen and Pärt. • 6+ minimum) • Tickets $12-$40.

• 7/27/18-7/28/18: The Pied Piper of Hamelin Town | Eden Prairie Players Children’s Theatre Workshop @ Riley-Jacques Barn • Who can save the children after the Pied Piper has led them away into the mountain? • All Ages • Tickets $3.00-$5.00 at the door.


• 7/27/18-7/29/18: James and the Giant Peach | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis •  The culmination of the Theatre Arts Training Summer Intensive. The musical based on Roald Dahl’s classic • All Ages • $15 General Admission.


7/27/18-8/5/18: Mr. Popper’s Penguins | St. Anthony Community Theater, Village Auditorium, 3303 33rd Avenue NE, Minneapolis • A poor house painter, who lives in in Stillwater with his family, unexpectedly come into possession of a penguin. • Tickets $10-$13/pp.


• 7/29/18: Copper Street Brass Band | @ Caponi Art Park • Grab a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a warm summer evening at CAP’s Theater in the Woods with fusion music of all styles. All performances start at 6:30 p.m. • Tickets $5. Children under 12 FREE.


• 7/31/18: Ladysmith Black Mambazo | Orchestra Hall • A cappella phenomenon whose inspiring songs of social justice, hope and joy radiate the vital spirit of the South African people • 6+ • Tickets $12-$80.


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

• 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. • Tickets.


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