On Stage: This Month's Kid-Friendly Performances in Charlotte
Live theater, musicals, shows and concerts for kids in the greater Charlotte area.
Performances of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" run through April 15.
Photo by John Merrick
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. (Through April 15)
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center, 300 E. 7th St. Ages 6+. $12-$28. 704-416-4600. Travel through the magical wardrobe to Narnia in this clever two-person adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ acclaimed tale. Performances run Friday through Sunday. See website for showtimes. ctcharlotte.org.
Time to Kill. (April 4-8)
Eloise MacDonald Playhouse, 501 Queens Road. Ages 13+. $28. 704-372-1000. This intense play tells the story of a young, idealistic lawyer, Jack Brigance, defending a black man, Carl Lee Hailey, for shooting two white men in the courtroom where he now stands trial. See website for showtimes. theatrecharlotte.org.
Tosco Music Party. (April 7)
Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 7:30pm. $13-$28. 704-372-1000. A showcase of eclectic music styles that engages the audience with singalongs throughout the evening. toscomusic.org.
Madagascar: A Musical Adventure. (April 13-May 6)
maginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center, 300 E. 7th St. Ages 4+. $12-$28. 704-416-4600. Come see this musical based on the Dreamworks movie. Join Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Performances run Friday through Sunday. See website for showtimes. In addition, there is a sensory-friendly performance on April 21 at 11am and an ASL sign-interpreted performance on May 5 at 3pm. ctcharlotte.org.
The Jolly Lollies Family Concert. (April 14)
York County Main Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. 3-3:45pm. Free. 803-981-5888. Get up and move at this high-energy family concert by singer-songwriters Liz Corwin and Holly Johnson, featuring music to guide children in imaginative play. yclibrary.org.
Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. (April 20-29)
Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. Ages 4+. $12. 704-892-7953. Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up. See website for showtimes. Performances run Friday-Sunday. davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
The Lion King Jr. (April 20-21)
Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. East, Matthews. Adults, $10; students and seniors, $9. 704-846-8343. The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again. Thurs., 7:30-8:30pm and Fri., 2-3pm. matthewsplayhouse.com.
The Little Shop of Horrors Theatre Production. (April 20-22)
Ballantyne Arts Center, 11318 N. Community House Road. $10. The Teen Production Company presents this musical about a florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. Fri., 8pm; Sat., 4pm and 8pm; and Sun., 4pm. ymcacharlotte.org.
As Far As The Eye Can See. (April 21)
Hickory Grove Recreation Center, 6709 Pence Road. 2pm. Free admission. 704-968-4768. This youth showcase by the Glorious Performance Team illustrates the African-American experience from slavery to the election of Barack Obama. The full presentation is composed of six acts (pre-Civil War, early 1920’s, 1940’s, late 1950’s, 1968, and 2008). artsandscience.org.
The Jungle Book. (April 27-28)
Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. E., Matthews. $9-$10. 704-846-8343. A tale of self discovery and adventure based on the classic tale of the young boy Mowgli, raised by wolves in the jungle, who must venture away from his home for the first time. Fri, 7:30pm and Sat., 2pm. matthewsplayhouse.com.
Charlotte Ballet Presents: Spring Works Family Matinee. (April 28)
Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 2pm. $15-$85. 704-372-1000. A special one-hour family matinee that includes excerpts from Charlotte Ballet’s “Spring Works,” including audience-favorite “Minus 16.” Special pre-show activities, including dance classes and a costume-creation station begin at 1pm. Performance begins at 2pm. charlotteballet.org.
Peter Pan. (April 28-29)
Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. E., Matthews. Adults, $10; students and seniors, $9. 704-846-8343. The classic account of two boys and a girl who follow Peter Pan and the invisible fairy Tinker Bell into Neverland, where children never grow old and where Captain Hook and his pirates are outwitted Sat., 7:30pm and Sun., 2pm. matthewsplayhouse.com.