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Weekend Planner: Nov. 8, 2013

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Nov. 8-10, 2013

A slew of beloved stories come to life on the area's stages this weekend, ushering in the holiday performance season with a bang.

Speaking of bangs, One Day in Pompeii, the Franklin Institute's volcanic new exhibit, debuts Sat., mingling ancient artifacts with a thoroughly modern CGI eruption experience. 

Philly and the 'burbs

It's the first weekend for the musical Elf at Philly's Walnut Street Theatre. Only cotton-headed ninny-muggins could be immune to the contagious holiday spirit of Buddy the human elf.

Young Tangled fans won't need coaxing to check out Mazeppa Productions' Rapunzel, Fri. 7:30 at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center in Drexel Hill. Neither should parents: The whip-smart creators of Friends are behind this family-friendly musical.

The classic strains of "Over the Rainbow" and "Tomorrow" anchor a pair of abbreviated musicals scaled to the attention spans of small theater-goers: Wizard of Oz Jr. at the Media Theatre for the Performing Arts and Annie Jr. at Rose Valley's Hedgerow Theatre.

Plus: The Main LIne Art Center's Welcome Back Bash! celebrates the Haverford institution's recent renovation and expansion with an all-ages house party.


Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp are currently filming the A-list big-screen version of Into the Woods. Don't wait till the movie comes next year: Catch the ultimate fairy-tale mash-up this weekend at the Tatnall School's Laird Performing Arts Center in Wilmington.

Time-travel with the adventurous Filby for this telling of H.G. Wells' timeless The Time Machine, Sat. 7pm and Sun. 2pm at Dover's Schwartz Center for the Arts.

A very real character, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, takes the stage of the DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, Sat. at 7:30pm. The TV personality will dish up stories and baking tips in an interactive presentation of his sweet skills.

South Jersey

The story of the original Swiss Miss spreads its cheer when the Kaleidoscope Theatre introduces Heidi to a participatory audience at West Windsor's Kelsey Theatre, Sat. 2pm.

Finally, the taptastic, family-friendly 42nd Street injects the old soft-shoe with more than a bit of Broadway razzle-dazzle at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman this month.

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