On Stage: This Month's Kid-Friendly Performances in Charlotte
Live theater, musicals, shows and concerts for kids in the greater Charlotte area.
Cirque Musica dazzles and excites, Dec. 12 at Ovens Auditorium.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Nov. 29-Dec. 16)
Adapted from the best-selling book, this play features some favorite Christmas carols, lots of mayhem and fun for the whole family. See website for performance schedule. $12-$20 (additional $3 per ticket if purchased at the door). Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.
The Real Christmas Story (Through Dec. 22)
See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. $9.50-$37. 803-802-2300. See website for performance schedules. The NarroWay Theatre, 3327 Hwy. 51 N., Fort Mill, South Carolina.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical (Through Dec. 23)
This holiday comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s book, showcases how the Herdman children manage to change everything at the annual church Christmas pageant. Tickets start at $19. ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center, McColl Family Theater, 300 E. 7th St.
Miracle on 34th Street (Dec. 2-16)
In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. When Kringle claims that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity. Friday-Sunday performances. $14-$16. 704-846-8343. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St. E., Matthews.
A Christmas Story: The Musical (Dec. 4-9)
An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. $25-$95. 704-372-3600. Ovens Auditorium, 2900 E. Independence Blvd.
Clara LeBlanc trips at a holiday party and is whisked off to the hospital to learn that her ankle is broken. That night her friends and get-well gifts swirl in her dreams. $35+. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St.
Annie (Dec. 7-9 and 13-16)
Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage that is run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. $15. 803-326-7428. Rock Hill Community Theatre, 546 S. Cherry Road, Rock Hill.
Spelling 2-5-5 (Dec. 7-9 and 14-16)
Simon is a terrific speller, but Simon’s brother, Jake, who has autism, unwittingly reveals he is also a gifted speller in a way that’s uniquely his. Sibling rivalry takes center stage as Simon faces choices about his role as the protective big brother and his desire to win the televised spelling bee. An ASL interpreted performance on Dec. 8, and sensory-friendly show on Dec. 16. Ages 8 and older. $19+. ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center, 300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte Ballet's The Nutcracker (Dec. 7-23)
Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, breathtaking snowfall, jumping candy canes and the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy. Sensory-friendly performance Dec. 13. See website for full schedule. $25-$125. 704-414-2766. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.
Disney's The Little Mermaid (Dec. 8-9 and 15-16)
Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story and Disney film, and presented by JStage performers. $12-$15. 704-366-5007. Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road.
Tosco Music Holiday Party (Dec. 8)
Enjoy holiday classics, traditional Christmas carols, songs about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and sing-alongs. 7:30 pm. $15.50-$34.50. 704-568-9685. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.
The Harris YMCA Presents The Nutcracker (Dec. 8-9)
The Harris YMCA Performing Company presents The Nutcracker. See website for performance schedule. $15-$20. Dale F. Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave.
The Singing Christmas Tree for Kids (Dec. 8-9)
A one-hour performance that features Carolina Voices’ MainStage Choir, Grey Seal Puppets, Carolina Kids Voices, Miller Street dancers and other special guests. Ages 3 and older. 11am-noon. $15+. 704-372-1000. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.
See amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks accompanied by holiday songs performed live by a full symphony orchestra. 7:30pm. $65-$100. 800-745-3000. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.
Ventriloquist, Darci Lynne, the youngest contestant to ever win “America’s Got Talent,” performs holiday favorites. 7pm. $29+. 704-372-3600. Ovens Auditorium, 2900 E. Independence Blvd.
Magic of Christmas (Dec. 14-16 and 21-23)
Sing along with Santa, hear favorite Christmas songs and enjoy an indoor snowfall. $22+. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (Dec. 16)
A new touring production that features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. 2 and 7pm. Tickets start at $25. 800-745-3000. Ovens Auditorium, 2900 E. Independence Blvd.
The Wizard of OZ (Dec. 18-20)
A magical production that celebrates the 1939 MGM movie presented with breathtaking special effects. 7pm. Tickets start at $34. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.
The Sleeping Beauty Ballet (Dec. 19)
The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa presents this classic tale of true love. 7:30pm. $40-$60. 704-372-1000. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker (Dec. 23)
A fanciful presentation of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. 3 and 7pm. Tickets starting at $30. Ovens Auditorium, 2900 E. Independence Blvd.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker (Dec. 26-29)
A contemporary re-imagination of "The Nutcracker" that includes breakdancing, an on-stage DJ and electric violinist. $20+. 704-372-1000. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St.
E.T.: Movie in Concert (Dec. 28-29)
Experience "E.T." on a high-definition screen, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live by the Charlotte Symphony. 7:30-10pm. $32+. 704-972-2000. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.
Tiffany Wolff is the calendar editor for Charlotte Parent.