Give the gift of theater! Many theaters offer kid-friendly shows perfect for young audiences!
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
April 24 – May 5: From the cozy horsebox they call home, Andy and Andy take the bit firmly between their teeth and tell the classic tale as you’ve never seen it before. Blending storytelling, music and puppetry, this re-telling of Black Beauty is sure to warm your heart. Recommended for ages 5+. Both morning and evening shows offered with this production. Visit website for performance times and ticket prices.
Story Pirates Live
March 9 and May 11: The Story Pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors. They don’t steal gold – they’re searching for kids’ wildest, most imaginative stories. The Pirates then adapt these tales into a musical sketch comedy show (ages 5+), performed by the best actors from the Groundlings, Second City and elsewhere. Visit The Wallis’ website to submit your child’s stories for their three themed shows this season! Saturdays, 2 p.m. Visit website for tickets.
The Old Man and the Old Moon
March 2-17: The Old Man and the Old Moon. Who keeps the moon shining bright? The Old Man charged with that task embarks on an epic adventure of land, sea and sky in search of his missing wife in this swirling tale of love, accompanied by a live, indie-folk band. The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co. finally arrives in Los Angeles with a luminously lo-fi spectacle that elevates traditional storytelling to high art. Recommended for all ages. Visit website for performance times and ticket prices.
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
The Ugly Duckling
February 17: This production of The Ugly Duckling is the classic children’s tale brought to the modern stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. Lined with electroluminescent wire, the beloved story plays out on stage through a cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance. With dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and the creative use of music ranging from classical to pop, this production brings this story into a new and brilliant light. Approximately 1 hour, with no intermission. Recommended for children ages 4 & up. Sunday, 1 and 3:30 p.m. $12; or subscribe to all 3 of their Programs for Young Audiences shows for $27.
Journey to Oz
March 31: Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s original stories, this clever and new adaptation puts the audience front and center by allowing children in the audience to take on key roles, including Munchkins, Winkies, and even Dorothy. If you are in the room, you are in the show! Come see Journey to Oz and find out why there’s no place like home. Sunday, 3:30 p.m. (running time, approximately 1 hour). Tickets, $15; or, subscribe to all 3 of their Programs for Young Audiences shows for just $27.
South Coast Repertory
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience
February 1-17: Wilbur is different from all the other Naked Mole Rats. He wears clothes – and he likes it. His friends think it’s ridiculous and needs to stop – that’s just a Naked Mole fact. After all, what will happen when Grand-Pah, the oldest and wisest elder in the colony finds out? Book, script and lyrics by Mo Willems, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience, is filled with tail-shaking good tunes. This outrageously fun musical proves it’s okay to be yourself. Rock on! Recommended for kids (grades K – 6), SCR’s Theatre for Young Audiences and Their Families is just that, a multi-generational experience for all ages (no children under the age of four and babes-in-arms). The only requirement is that each audience member occupies a seat and sits quietly through the performance while having a wonderful time. Captivating stories, wonderful performances, colorful sets and costumes – nothing compares to the way live theatre sparks the imagination! SCR’s Theatre for Young Audiences series is kid-friendly theatre, at family-friendly prices; and as a special treat, kids can meet the actors after every show. ASL-interpreted performance: Saturday, February 16, 2 p.m. Check website for show times, ticket prices, and discounts, including SCR’s pay-your-age special.
The Velveteen Rabbit at South Coast Repertory
May 24 – June 9: For nearly a century, this beloved classic has captivated and charmed children and adults, alike. Lonely and forgotten, a stuffed rabbit longs to be real. When another toy is lost, he quickly becomes a little boy’s new favorite. As the rabbit’s dapper appearance gets worn and shabby from play, a wonderful change begins to happen. A moving story about the power of love and a little bit of magic.
Kid friendly theatre, family friendly prices.
Captivating stories, wonderful performances, colorful sets and costumes nothing compares to the way live theatre sparks the imagination! SCR’s Theatre for Young Audiences series is specifically geared for ages 4 and up, and as a special treat, kids can meet the actors after every show.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorite’s
February 2-3: Three beloved stories by Eric Carle are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing color all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self. Tickets start at $20. Saturday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, 1 and 3 p.m. Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theater.
They Called Her Vivaldi
February 16-17: Cecilia Maria is a sensitive musical-prodigy, making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world until one night her magical, musical hat “Capello” goes missing Now she must venture out into the noisy city to track down the mysterious Cat Burglar. Along the way she meets a pizza maker with no salt shaker, a gondolier with no oar and a hairdresser with no scissors. Her adventure brings her face to face with the sneaky thief and a startling truth about herself. Part comedy, part thriller, this new production is full of beautiful music and hilarious characters, celebrating the power within us all to follow our dreams. Tickets start at $20. Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. Samueli Theater.
March 9-10: If you are in the room, you are in the show! Sunjata Kamalenya is a completely interactive production which celebrates the greatest hero of West African legend, Sunjata Keita, the first king of the ancient Empire of Mali. A wandering hunter comes to the village of Farrakoro and makes the difficult to believe prediction that a crippled boy and his out-cast mother will overcome all odds to deliver their nation from a powerful warlord. What follows is their adversarial struggles and the strength they derive from their faith in one another. Authentic music, costumes, and scenery invite you to a modern Mand village where the storyteller guides your journey as you sing, dance and act alongside professional actors and musicians in a truly unique experience. Tickets start at $20. Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. Samueli Theater.\
Emily Brown and The Thing
March 30-31: One evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley hear a Thing crying outside their window. The poor Thing just can’t get to sleep, so Emily Brown and Stanley set off on incredible adventures to the Dark and Scary Wood, the Whirling Wastes and beyond, to find the Thing’s cuddly, his bedtime milk, and his medicine… but nothing seems to help him settle. What’s really troubling the Thing, and will anyone ever get to sleep? Touching on themes of fear, bravery and adventure, this production has great songs, clever puppets, and characters that audiences of all ages will adore. Tickets start at $20. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, 1 and 3:30 p.m. Samueli Theater.