On Stage: This Month's Kid-Friendly Performances in Charlotte
Live theater, musicals, shows and concerts for kids in the greater Charlotte area.
See “And in This Corner: Cassius Clay” on stage at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Feb. 3-18.
Photo by John Merrick
The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice. (Through Feb. 4)
Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Tickets start at $15. 704-372-3600. Watch Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck and Goofy as they skate down memory lane to remember Disney moments that span generations. Expect appearances by other Disney favorites like Dory, Nemo and Marlin; Anna, Elsa and Olaf; Rapunzel; Snow White; Buzz and Woody. See website for showtimes. bojanglescoliseum.com.
Innovative Works. (Through Feb. 17)
Charlotte Ballet, Center for Dance, 701 N. Tryon St. $25-$80. 704-372-3900. A showcase of contemporary ballet in an intimate setting. Tickets include a dessert reception with the dancers and artistic staff following the show. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Thursday through Saturday performances. Check website for showtimes. charlotteballet.org.
Tosco Music Party. (Feb. 3)
Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 7:30pm. $14-28. 704-372-1000. Enjoy a mix of performances, including one or two songs by approximately 15 scheduled acts. The evening offers an eclectic mix of all styles of music and includes Tosco’s trademark singalongs. toscomusic.org.
And in This Corner: Cassius Clay. (Feb. 3-18)
McColl Family Theatre, 300 E. 7th St. Ages 8 and older. $12-$28. 704-973-2828. This historical drama takes the audience through the life of Muhammad Ali, previously known as Cassius Clay. Learn about the iconic boxer’s early life in Jim Crow-era Louisville, Kentucky. Performances Friday through Sunday; see website for showtimes. There are special performances on Feb. 17: a sensory-friendly performance at 11am and an ASL-Interpreted performance at 3pm. ctcharlotte.org.
Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King. (Feb 10)
Gaston County Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Boulevard, Gastonia. 11am-noon. Free. 704-868-2164. This theatrical piece celebrates the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the context of the American Civil Rights Movement. Featuring songs from the era, experience the heroic work of Rosa Parks as she refuses to give up her seat, The Great March on Washington in 1963 and many more of the key moments that shaped both the Civil Rights Movement and our country. Presented by Bright Star Theatre. gastonlibrary.org.
The Little Red Hen. (Feb. 15)
NarroWay Theatre, 3327 Hwy. 51, Fort Mill. Best for preschoolers through grade 3. 10am. $9.50-$14.50. 803-802-2300. Interactive and fun, this virtue-based children’s story comes communicates the values of hard work, determination and preparation in an engaging hands-on rendition on stage. narroway.net.
The Diary of Anne Frank. (Feb. 15-March 4)
Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. Ages 12 and older. $12-$20. 704-892-7953. Davidson Community Players presents this show about young Anne Frank in the summer of 1942. Showtimes Thursday through Saturday, 8pm; and Sunday, 2pm. davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
The Long Christmas Ride Home. (Feb. 21-25)
Black Box Theater, 9027 Mary Alexander Road. $8-$18. 704-687-8622. Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves together a powerful family story with Japanese Bunraku puppetry, music and dance. Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30pm; and Sunday, 2pm. arts.uncc.edu.
Freedom Train. (Feb. 23-March 4)
Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. E., Matthews. $11-$13. 704-846-8343. Using traditional songs of the period, “Freedom Train” recounts the story of the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman’s powerful and inspiring tale of courage, dedication, perseverance and the strength of the human spirit. Friday performances, 7:30pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 2pm. matthewsplayhouse.com.