December 29, 2011

Plays For The Pint-Sized

For The Playdate Crowd, Children’s Theater Has It All: Big Laughs, Crazy Adventures And Happy Endings

By Eric Messinger

York City is
the theater capital of the world—and that goes for children’s theater, too—with
more than ten well-established companies producing Broadway-like entertainment
for kids of all ages. Offering on-stage specialties ranging from modern adaptations
of fairytales to cutting-edge fun, no two companies are quite alike—and they
are all worth getting to know.

13th Street
This veteran company
typically has a few beloved children’s shows in rotation.
Now Showing:
Wiseacre Farm and Rumple

Galli Theater: 25 years old and still standing strong, the Galli’s special way of
connecting with kids is through fresh adaptations of classic fairytales,
presenting up to ten productions a year.
Coming Soon:
Frog Prince (Jan. 7–29); Aladdin
(Jan. 8-Feb. 26)

Literally Alive: Now in their 12th season, Literally Alive produces musicals based on
classic children’s literature. Plus, there’s always a pre-show arts workshop
for added fun.
Coming Soon:
Alice in
(Feb. 12-May 20)

Manhattan Children’s
Celebrating their 10th
anniversary this year, the Tribeca-based company offers a mix of classic and
new productions, while still trying to keep it as affordable for families as
Now Showing:
Giggle, Giggle, Quack

Books Sing
This critically acclaimed non-profit serves up a unique mix of literacy
and musical theater with its lively reproductions of contemporary children’s
Coming Soon:
The Butterfly (Apr. 14-29)

The New Victory Theater: While not strictly a producer of plays, the famed
New Victory—one of the long-time anchors of the revitalized Times Square—features theatrical productions in its mix of
cutting-edge live entertainment for families.
Coming Soon:
Rumplestiltskin (Jan. 6-8); Miss
(Jan. 13-15); Hands Up!
(Jan. 18- 22); Wuthering Heights, Restless
(Jan. 27-29)

The Paper Bag Players: This forward-thinking troupe is noted for its
creative repurposing of common household objects into cheerful sets, costumes
and props to bring its hilarious song-and-dance routines to life.
Coming Soon:
Paper Bag Players Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!
(Jan. 28-Feb. 12)

Puppetworks, Inc.: The legendary Nicolas Coppola has been entertaining families with his
marionette theater in Brooklyn for over 30 years. Simply amazing.
Coming Soon:
The Steadfast Tin Soldier &
Nutcracker Sweets
(Jan. 7-8); Puss in Boots (Jan. 14-Apr. 5)

Swedish Cottage
Marionette Theatre
: The long-time Central Park staple can always be
counted on for top-notch puppet plays.
Coming Soon: Little
Miss Muffet’s Monster-Sitting Service
(Begins Jan. 17)

TADA! Youth Theater: Noted for their acting classes, TADA! also sponsors
professional-quality musical theater throughout the year with casts of totally talented
Coming Soon:
The History Mystery (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)

Tribeca Performing Arts Center &
We’ve put these
veteran institutions together because many of the family shows at BMCC Tribeca
Performing Arts are Theatreworks productions.,
Coming Soon
: Henry & Mudge (Feb.

Vital Theatre Company: A high-profile theater group whose family
division specializes in musical theater for young children. The present productions
are at several Upper West
Side locations.
Coming Soon:
The Bully (Jan. 14-Feb. 16)

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