On Stage: This Month's Kid-Friendly Performances in Charlotte
Live theater, musicals, shows and concerts for kids in the greater Charlotte area.
Bring the grandparents and kids to sing along at “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” Dec. 19 at the BoPlex.
Courtesy Character Arts
The Real Christmas Story (Through Dec. 28)
The NarroWay Theatre, 3327 Hwy. 51 N., Fort Mill. $9.50-$37. 803-802-2300. See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical (Through Dec. 29)
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, ImaginOn: The Joan & Joe Martin Center, 300 E. 7th St. $19+. 704-973-2828. This hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, entertains the entire family. See website for showtimes. Enjoy a sensory-friendly performance on Dec. 8 at 4pm.
Dale F. Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. 7:30 pm. $28-$30. A cast of more than 300 performers, including the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Holiday Singers, Charlotte City Ballet, Havilah Dance Studio and a 150-voice chorus made of students from South Meck, Providence and Butler high schools put audiences in the Christmas spirit. .
The Hip Hop Nutcracker (Dec. 1)
Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $20+. 704-372-1000. This holiday mash-up re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip-hop choreography. Performances at 1 and 6:30 p.m.
The Play That Goes Wrong (Dec. 1)
Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $20+. This classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and laughs. See website for showtimes.
The Nutcracker Ballet (Dec. 1, 7 and 8)
Matthews Community Center, 100 E. W. McDowell St., Matthews. $5-$7. Get in the holiday spirit with the performance of the renowned Nutcracker Ballet. Sat., 2 and 7pm; Sun., 3pm.
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (Dec. 5-22)
Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. $12-$29. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned for eternity. Marley accepts his one chance to escape his own chains; he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Dec. 6-8 and 13-15)
Rock Hill Community Theatre, Illumine Church, 1262 Riverchase Blvd., Rock Hill. $12-$15. 803-326-7428. Follow the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world” and the Bradley family who struggle to save the annual Christmas Pageant. Fri. and Sat., 7:30pm; and Sun., 3pm.
Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $20-$30. This Tchaikovsky classic fairy tale features more than 100 performers, from little ones to international guest artists, with snow, laughter and surprises for the whole family. See website for showtimes.
A Christmas Carol (Dec. 6-15)
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse, 501 Queens Road. $28. 704-372-1000. Theatre Charlotte’s holiday tradition is back for its 13th season. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. See website for showtimes.
Elf Jr. (Dec. 6-8)
Ballantyne Arts Center, 11318 North Community House Road. $11. Based on the comedic holiday film, “Elf” follow Buddy’s adventure to self-discovery. See website for showtimes.
Retrieving the Lamb: Performance Reading (Dec. 7-8)
Fort Mill Community Playhouse, 220 Main St., Fort Mill. $13-$18. A lamb is lost, an angel’s credentials are questioned, Mary and Joseph wants a divorce and the nativity scene is out of control in this charming, funny and very moving family story of Christmas time in the South. Sat., 7:30-10pm; Sun. 3-5:30pm.
Annie (Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15)
Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road. $15. JStage presents the musical Annie. Saturday, 2 and 7pm; Sunday, 2 and 5:30pm. 704-366-5007.
Tosco Music Holiday Party (Dec. 7)
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 7:30pm. $16.50-$35.50. 704-372-1000. An eclectic mix of music styles and sing-alongs that engages the audience throughout the evening.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Dec. 7)
Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St. $49.50+. The multi-platinum progressive rock group brings its highly anticipated tour with all-new staging and effects. Concerts at 3 and 8 p.m.
Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 7:30pm. $33+. 704-372-1000. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Robert Earl Keen and his band pay homage to the space race and all things celestial in an out-of-this-world evening of family holiday fun.
The Christmas Show (Dec. 12-15)
Church 180, 2685 Celanese Road, Rock Hill. $10. 803-417-4220. Actors, singers, dancers and musicians bring Christmas music and characters to life. Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, and sing along to Christmas music. End the evening with musical interpretation of the Nativity. Thurs.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 6pm.
It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec. 13-22)
Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell Street E., Matthews. Ages 6 and older. $14-$16. George Bailey’s guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth, and shows Bailey how his town, family and friends would have turned out if he had never been born. See website for showtimes.
A Carolina Pro Musica Christmas (Dec. 14)
St. Mary’s Chapel, 1129 E. 3rd St. 7pm. $8-$16. 704-333-1235. This annual holiday event features music from the 17th and 18th centuries, seasonal readings, and carols. Musicians appear in period attire. Performances at 7 and 8:30pm.
Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Ages 4-10. 11am-noon. $19+. This celebration is complete with quintessential holiday songs, sing-alongs, snow falling in the Knight Theater and a visit from Santa. The Family Series performance will feature an abridged version of the concert designed especially for young children and their families.
Winds of the Season Holiday Concert (Dec. 14)
Myers Park High School Auditorium, 2400 Colony Road. 7-9pm. $5-$10. Hear holiday music performed by the Charlotte Concert Band.
Harris Y Presents the Nutcracker (Dec. 14-15)
Charlotte Latin School, 9502 Providence Road. $15. Enjoy a family friendly performance of this holiday favorite presented by the Harris Dance Company. See website for performance schedules.
BoPlex, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 7pm. $32+. The “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special returns to BoPlex.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze (Dec. 20-22)
BoPlex, 2700 Independence Blvd. $44+. “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” lights up the 2019 holiday season with its popular and electrifying stage spectacular.
A Soulful Noel (Dec. 20-21)
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 8pm. $25. This musical revue tells the story of Christmas in a contemporary way with classics. Celebrate the season with R&B, funk, gospel, soul and a dash of noel. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2pm and 8pm.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (Dec. 27)
BoPlex, 2700 Independence Blvd. 7pm. $26+. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season.
Cirque de Noel (Dec. 28)
Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 7:30pm. $37+. 704-972-2000. The circus meets the symphony with stunning aerial feats, mind-boggling contortions, and jaw-dropping juggling acts accompanied by musical holiday favorites.
NarroWay Mystery Theatre (Dec. 31)
NarroWay Theatre, 3327 Hwy. 51 N., Fort Mill. 5pm. $9.50-$33. Enjoy dinner while interacting with cast to uncover clues to solve a mystery. Catch the early performance at 5pm, or stay and watch the ball drop following the 9pm show.