Live Theatrical Shows for Kids & Families Playing This Summer

CLUE! Live – A Walking Experience

Westfield Century City in Los Angeles
Now – August 8

In this all-new immersive experience, guests become detectives to solve the mystery of who murdered the elusive Mr. Boddy. The newly minted detectives will be led by Mr. or Ms. Butler through the game board come to life. Visiting all the famed rooms such as the Hall, the Billiard Room, the Dining Room, the Library, the Kitchen, the Study and the Conservatory, slipping through secret passageways and unexpected locations, the detectives will have a chance to interrogate the infamous suspects Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green and Dr. Orchid.

Each character will attempt to convince the amateur sleuths of their innocence. Guests must listen closely, ask questions and use investigative skills to solve the mystery. Be the first in your group to figure out who did it, with what and where! Recommended for ages 8+.



Outside SCR at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Presented by South Coast Repertory
Mission San Juan Capistrano
July 15 – August 1


American Mariachi
July 15, 17, 23, 25, 29, 31

Back by popular demand! In this big-hearted comedy with live music, Lucha spends her days caring for her mother and yearning for more. But it’s the 1970s and women can’t be mariachis…or can they? Defying tradition, Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates and take up instruments. A loving gesture for a mother becomes much more as the young women dream big and embrace the transcendent power of music. Recommended for ages 12+.


You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
July 16, 18, 22, 24, 30, Aug. 1

Good grief! The whole “Peanuts” gang is here—Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and of course, that wishy-washy blockhead, Charlie Brown. He’s never pitched a winning baseball game and he can’t muster the courage to talk to the Little-Red Haired Girl. But all his best qualities—and those of his clever friends—get celebrated in this delightful musical filled with such gleeful tunes as “My Blanket and Me,” “Suppertime” and “Happiness.” Recommended for ages 4+.



Once on This Island Jr.

Presented by Arts & Learning Conservatory
Concordia University Outdoor Amphitheater in Irvine
July 16-18 and 23-25

Arts & Learning Conservatory returns with live musical theatre under the stars in partnership with Concordia University. Once on This Island Jr. is the Calypso tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world. Performed by a diverse group of youth and teens, Once on This Island Jr. will take place at the outdoor amphitheater at Concordia University. Guests are encouraged to bring low-back chairs, stadium seats, blankets, etc.



A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon
Now – November 7

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in an outdoor amphitheatre within Topanga Canyon. The natural beauty of the Topanga wilderness transforms into an enchanted forest, peopled by lovers and fairies in Shakespeare’s most magical romp. Comic misadventures, mistaken identities, and unrequited love collide as an original score lifts The Bard’s words to song. Theatricum’s Dream is the perfect experience to introduce your family to the world of Shakespeare with a run time of 80 minutes and no intermission.



The Alice Experience: An Interactive Adventure

Rose Center Theater in Westminster
July 24-25

This all-new staging of popular musical, Alice in Wonderland, provides a fun and safe way for the entire family to enjoy live entertainment at the Rose Center Theater.

The Alice Experience invites small groups of audience members to accompany Alice on her musical adventures in Wonderland. Guests follow Alice through the theater and grounds to meet new characters at each turn. Audience members may choose to sit or stand as they enjoy each scene and score.

This very special event features everyone’s favorite Alice characters: the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, and more.



Summer on Broadway: Broadway Sidekicks & Villains

Presented by Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County
Rose Center Theater in Westminster
August 2-3

Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County presents this Broadway style revue show with a talented cast of 9 to 16 year old students. Enjoy songs sung by broadway’s best sidekicks, such as the Scarecrow, Tine Man, and Lion from “The Wizard of Oz,” and Ado Annie from “Oklahoma!” Then hear from broadway’s most dastardly villains such as Ursula from “The Little Mermaid,” and Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast.”



Peter Pan

Presented by South Coast Repertory
Segerstrom Stage in Costa Mesa
August 7-8 and 14-15

The beloved tale of the boy who refuses to grow up gets retold in an inventive performance that’s sure to make every imagination soar! Starting with an empty stage, a few props and their own storytelling ingenuity, SCR’s Summer Players whisk you away on a riveting adventure—as seen through their eyes. Expect plenty of magic and pixie dust as Peter, Wendy, and the Lost Boys learn that no one can stay a child forever and that nothing compares to the love of a family.

SCR’s Summer Players are talented young actors who audition for their roles after completing at least a year in the Theatre Conservatory.



A Faery Hunt

Los Angeles Area
July – October

A Faery Hunt creates Fairyland by weaving their faery magic with original stories, dancing and songs that will inspire the best in all of us. There is only gentle and silly fun in A Faery Hunt shows. It’s a lovely way to spend a morning with the family, outdoors in nature while inspiring the imaginations of everyone involved. Children are encouraged to come in their favorite fairy, princess or super hero costume! Maybe some of the parents would like to join in on the fun and come in costume too. Closed comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and water suggested for outdoor shows.




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