On Stage: This Month's Kid-Friendly Performances in Charlotte
Live theater, musicals, shows and concerts for kids in the greater Charlotte area.
See Cirque du Soleil’s touring circus in “Ovo.”
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Jan. 4-18)
Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. Recommended for ages 4 and older. $20+. 704-973-2828. Follow the Big Bad Wolf as he stands trial. He has his own version of the story, and the audience becomes the jury to help decide his fate. See website for showtimes. Enjoy a sensory-friendly performance on Jan. 12 at 4 p.m.
Come From Away (Jan. 7-12)
Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $25+. 704-372-1000. Watch the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. See website for showtimes.
Ovo from Cirque du Soleil (Jan. 8-12)
Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 East Independence Blvd. $44+. 704-335-3100. Explore a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight, and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. See website for performance schedule.
Beethoven’s Emperor (Jan. 10-12)
Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. TBA. 704-972-2000. See this piano concerto and crowning achievement among Beethoven’s compositions. Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m.
McGlohan Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. Ages 3 and older. 10:30am-1pm. $15-$25. Masha and her best friend Mishka the Bear stop in Charlotte for a traditional Russian-speaking New Year’s matinee, “Utrennik.”
The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater (Jan. 17-18)
Stage Door Theater, 155 N. College St. $16. The Los Angeles-based saxophonist, Phillip Whack re-imagines music from John Coltrane’s timeless Impulse Recordings. See website for showtimes.
La Bohème (Jan. 18-23)
The Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $56-$194. Observe this sympathetic, sentimental portrait of youthful optimism, even in the face of true tragedy. See website for showtimes.
Southern Sound Series (Jan. 18)
The McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. 7:30pm. $20-$50. Listen to Chatham County Line perform Southern sounds. Vittles and Fiddles, a pre-show affair, begins two hours prior to the concert and offers beer, food, and wine for purchase on the McCelvey Lawn.
My Fair Lady (Jan. 21-26)
Ovens Auditorium, 2900 E. Independence Blvd. TBA. Revisit the beloved story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” See website for showtimes.
Totally 80’s (Jan. 24-25)
Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 7:30pm. $28+. 704-972-2000. The greatest hits from the raddest decade will be performed live.
Mike Massé in Concert (Jan. 25)
Stage Door Theater, 155 N. College St. 7:30pm. $30-$35. See Masse perform the best classic rock songs of all time acoustically.
The New Colossus (Jan. 28-Feb. 2)
Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $20+. 704-372-1000. Twelve actors from all over the world tell their ancestors’ stories, all woven into a single narrative about escaping an oppressive homeland to pass through Ellis Island. See website for showtimes.
Akeelah and the Bee (Jan. 31-Feb. 16)
McColl Family Theatre, 300 E. 7th St. Recommended for ages 8 and older. $19+. 704-973-2828. Life for 11-year-old Akeelah Anderson isn’t easy, but will she overcome her own self-doubt and the pressures of her personal life to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee? See website for showtimes. Enjoy a sensory-friendly performance on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.
Copland Appalachian Spring (Jan 31-Feb. 1)
Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 7:30pm. $27+. 704-972-2000. A portrait of America is captured in this program that features Barber’s iconic “Adagio for Strings” and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.”
Mamma Mia! (Jan. 31-Feb. 9)
Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell Street E., Matthews. Ages 10 and older. $19-$22. Hear your favorite ABBA songs in this show that follows a young woman about to be married. When she discovers that any one of three men could be her father, she invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother. See website for showtimes.