On Stage: This Month's Kid-Friendly Performances in Charlotte
Live theater, musicals, shows and concerts for kids in the greater Charlotte area.
See Charlotte Ballet perform “Nutcracker” on stage Dec. 9-23 at Belk Theater.
Photo by Peter Zay
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
(Through Dec. 23)
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, McColl Family Theatre, 300 E. 7th St. Tickets start at $12. 704-973-2828. When the worst kids in the history of the world find out there are free snacks at Sunday School, they take it upon themselves to audition for the annual Christmas pageant. Will a group of kids who have never even heard the story of Christmas ruin the show, and will any other kids bother to show up at the performance? Find out at this musical, based on the book by Barbara Robinson. Check website for showtimes. Sensory-friendly show, Dec. 11, and an ASL interpreted performance on Dec. 17. ctcharlotte.org.
The Real Christmas Story
(Through Dec. 21)
The NarroWay Theatre, 3327 Hwy. 51 North, Fort Mill, S.C. Select days. $5-$33. 704-831-8893. See your favorite Christmas scenes and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes. narroway.net.
Charlotte Symphony Pops: Magic of Christmas
(Nov. 30-Dec. 3)
Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 4pm. Tickets start at $19. 704-372-1000. This musical holiday program includes music by the Charlotte Symphony Chorus, the Charlotte Children’s Choir, handbell ringers, special guest violinist Mark O’Connor and his family band, plus a visit from Santa. charlottesymphony.org.
Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas From the Fam-o-lee Show
Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 8pm. Tickets start at $32.50. 704-372-1000. A show that promises holiday mischief, fun and great music that only Keen can deliver. blumenthalarts.org.
Charlotte Youth Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
Central Piedmont Community College, Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $20-$30. 704-330-6840. Featuring 100 performers ranging from young children to international guest artists. See website for showtimes. tix.cpcc.edu.
Gaston Dance Theatre Presents: The Nutcracker
Gaston Day School, Performing Arts Center, 201 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia. $7-16. 704-865-5943. Watch the classic holiday story unfold on stage. Showtimes can be found on the website. gastondance.com.
It’s A Wonderful Life
Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. E., Matthews. Friday-Sunday. $11-$13. 704-846-8343. Come watch as a guardian angel shows George Bailey what life would have been like if he had never been born. Check website for showtimes. matthewsplayhouse.com.
Charlotte Symphony Lollipops: The Magic of Christmas
Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 11am-noon. Tickets start at $14. 704-372-1000. This one-hour holiday program includes music by the Charlotte Symphony Chorus, the Charlotte Children’s Choir, hand-bell ringers, plus a visit from Santa. charlottesymphony.org.
Matthews Ballet and Dance Presents: The Nutcracker
Matthews Community Center, 100 W. McDowell St., Matthews. Saturday, 7pm; and Sunday, 3pm. $5 for adults; $3 for children 12 and younger. 704-321-7275. Enjoy a performance of the infamous “Nutcracker” ballet. Space is limited; tickets must be purchased in advance. matthewsnc.gov.
A Christmas Carol
Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. $28. 704-372-1000. Come watch the classic tale of Scrooge unfold on stage. Check website for performance times. theatrecharlotte.org.
The Youth Theatre Company Presents: A Dickens Christmas Carol
Black Box Theatre at the Ballantyne Arts Center, 11318 N. Community House Road. $12. 704-716-4670. Watch Scrooge as he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. See website for showtimes. ymcacharlotte.org.
Clara’s Trip: A Cirque and Dance Nutcracker Story
Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2 and 7pm; and Sunday, 2pm. $20-$45. 704-844-0449. In this contemporary twist on a holiday classic, Caroline Calouche & Co. dancers soar through the air on silks and trapeze to tell the story of Clara, a young, enthusiastic and clumsy woman who attends a holiday party where she falls while dancing with a charming young man. She is whisked off to the hospital to learn that her ankle is broken. Clara dreams that night of her get-well gifts springing to life. carolinecalouche.org.
Charlotte Ballet: Nutcracker
Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $25-$125. 704-372-1000. Watch as Clara encounters an epic battle, a snowfall, jumping candy canes and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and music from the Charlotte Symphony. See website for showtimes. Sensory-friendly performance on Dec. 20. charlotteballet.org.
PlayPlay! Theatre Presents: Children of Eden
Jewish Community Center, Gorelick Hall, 5007 Providence Road. Ages 5 and older. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 and 7pm. $12 in advance, $15 at door. 704-366-5007. This musical is based off the stories of Genesis. Act I tells the story of Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel and Act II tells the story of Noah and the flood. charlottejcc.org.
Brain Candy Live!
Ovens Auditorium, 2700 Independence Blvd. 8pm. Tickets start at $25. 704-372-1000. Adam Savage, one of television’s most loved personalities, has joined forces with Michael Stevens, one of YouTube’s biggest stars. They’re bringing along their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that’s an interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience. blumenthalarts.org.
Tosco Music Holiday Party
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 7:30pm. Tickets start at $12.60. 704-568-9685. Don’t miss this special holiday event that features holiday classics, traditional Christmas carols, songs about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and singalongs. toscomusic.org.
The Singing Christmas Tree for Kids
Knight Theater, Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. Sat.,11am and Sun., 1:30pm. Recommended for ages 3-10. $15-$22. 704-372-1000. Just an hour in length, this performance features the Grey Seal Puppets, carols by the Carolina Kids Voices Choir, the dancing purple hippo and a visit by Santa Claus. carolinavoices.org.
Happy Holidays Presented by JMSD
Central Piedmont Community College, Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. 11am and 3pm. $15-$25. 704-330-6840. Watch this original dance production that features favorite holiday music with classical ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance. This family-friendly performance tells the story of Angel and her earthly journey as she is sent to find the true meaning of the holiday. tix.cpcc.edu.
Puddles Pity Party
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 7:30pm. Tickets start at $25. 704-372-1000. The Sad Clown with the Golden Voice is back with a suitcase full of all new emotional anthems and plenty of Kleenex. Puddles’ set is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments. blumenthalarts.org.
Ovens Auditorium., 2700 Independence Blvd. Tickets start at $25. 704-372-1000. Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s Tony Award-winning musical. See website for showtimes. blumenthalarts.org.
The Lion King, Kids
(Dec. 13 and 17)
Central Piedmont Community College, Tate Hall, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $10. 704-330-6840. Come see Theatre Street’s Student Cast perform “The Lion King, Kids” edition. See website for showtimes. tix.cpcc.edu.
The York County Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
Johnson Theatre, 115 Johnson Hall, Rock Hill. $15. 803-323-2287. Come watch the York County Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker.” See website for showtimes. yorkcountyballet.com.
A Soulful Noel
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $20. 704-372-1000. The traditional holiday narrative is re-framed in a contemporary way that features classic songs such as “Twas The Night Before Christmas,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “Go Tell it on The Mountain.” blumenthalarts.org.
Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $15. 704-330-6840. Theatre Street’s Teen Cast of students, ranging in age from grade six to college, perform this comedy based on the story of a dance-loving teen named Tracy Turnblad who becomes an overnight celebrity. See website for showtimes. tix.cpcc.edu.
Tis the Season: Holidays from Around the World
Queens University, Dana Auditorium, 1900 Selwyn Ave. 7-8:30pm. FREE. Join the Charlotte Concert Band as they celebrate the holidays with carols and traditional seasonal selections from around the world. charlotteconcertband.org.
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $16-$24. 704-372-1000. “The Birth” is a collection of dramatic performance, dance and live music designed to bring the Christmas story to life in a unique way. Presented by Starving Artist Productions. See website for showtimes. blumenthalarts.org.
Wee by PlayPlay! Theatre
Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road. Ages 3 and younger. $12. Bring your little one to come hear a story about being little. PlayPlay! Theatre performances are simple plots made for small audiences, and are performed in nontraditional performance spaces with floor seating and room to move around. Children are encouraged to actively participate during the show, and babies are welcome. See the website for showtimes. charlottejcc.org.
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia Presents: Swan Lake
Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 7pm. $35-$55. 704-372-1000. Fifty of Russia’s brightest ballet stars bring this classic ballet to life. blumenthalarts.org.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Knight Theater, Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. $19.99+. 704-372-1000. A dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a MC and digital scenery bring the traditional story to life in a contemporary urban setting. See website for showtimes. blumenthalarts.org.