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Guide to Summer Shows: Pennsylvania

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John CassidyComedy

“Balloon Freak” John Cassidy, a comedian who holds world records for speed in balloon sculpting, at The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Tues., Aug. 10. $7-$8. Ages 4 & up.


Milk & Cookies, music for kids at Milkboy Coffee, Mondays in Ardmore & Tuesdays in Bryn Mawr. $5 per person, babies free.

The Cat’s Pajamas, children’s rock music with stories, dance, puppets & props, at The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Tues., July 6; Rose Tree Park Amphitheater in Media, Wed., July 28; and The Villa at Morlatton in Douglassville, Sun., July 25. $7-$8 for Colonial, Rose Tree & Villa concerts are FREE.

Two of a KindIn the Kids Corner at Camden Children’s Garden (NJ) at XPN 88.5’s XPoNential Music Festival, Sat.-Sun., July 17-18: Two Of A Kind, Bubboon’s Tunes, Joanie Leeds & several other popular children’s music artists, along with amusement rides, the Zoo on Wheels & garden walks. $5-$25.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular, a Philadelphia Orchestra concert featuring 16-year-old cello soloist Gabriel Cabezas, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Phila., Mon., July 26. $10-$50.

FREE Ernie & Neal, a combination of kids’ rock music & storytelling at Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, PA during Kid Fest, Thurs., July 29.

SteveSongs, silly educational music (Fri., July 30), and Roger Day, witty & energetic kids’ music (Fri., Aug. 13), at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square during the Summer 2010 Performance Series. Free with admission, $6-$16, ages 4 & younger free.

Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band, Thurs., Aug. 5 and Miss Amy’s Fitness Rock and Roll, Thurs., Aug. 12 at Morris Arboretum in Phila., part of the Groovin’ in the Garden Summer Concert Series, with kids’ activities before the shows. $5-$30.

Steve Pullara is also at the Philadelphia Zoo for the Rock ‘n’ Roar Summer Concert Series every other Tuesday. Pullara: July 6. Line-up also includes Dog on Fleas, July 20; Two of a Kind, Aug. 3; Yosi & the Superdads, Aug. 17; Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Aug. 31. Free with admission, $15-$18.

Kid-friendly music from The Verve Pipe and Billy Jonas, Sat., July 10 and Sat., Aug. 7, respectively, at World Café Live in Phila. for the Peanut Butter and Jams brunch series. Ages 1-12. $10-$12.

Fairytales & Storybooks

The Emperor’s New Clothes at People’s Light & Theatre Company in Malvern. “D.Y.O.B.” (decorate your own boxers) before the show in the lobby for free. Ages 5 & up. Through Sun., July 11. $20-$29.

On stage Fri., Sat. & Sun. at the Open Air Theatre at Washington Crossing in Lambertville, NJ: Snow White (July 2-11), The Frog Prince (July 16-25), Disney’s Cinderella Kids (July 30-Aug. 8), Rapunzel (Aug. 13-22) & Disney’s Aladdin Jr. (Aug. 27-Sept. 5). $5, plus $5 parking fee on Sat. & Sun.

Theatre Arts Center of Doylestown presents shows for kids by kids at Sellersville Theater and Bristol Riverside Theatre: Flat Stanley, based on the book about an average 10-year-old seeking adventure (Fri.-Sun., July 3-11); Rumpelstiltskin, with a mystery twist (Fri.-Sat., July 16-17 & Fri., July 23); The Big Bad Musical, a funny combination of fairytales (Fri.-Sat., July 23-24 & Fri., July 30); and Disney’s 101 Dalmations (Fri.-Sat., Aug. 6-7 & Fri., Aug. 13). $8.

Two-actor shows presented by Family Stages/Duet Productions include Toad’s Escape, about a car-driving frog, at Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe (Wed., July 21) & Christ’s Lutheran Church in Oreland (Thurs., July 22). Also: Jack and the Beanstalk at Augustus Church (Wed., Aug. 18) & Christ’s Church (Thurs., Aug. 19). Ages 5-12 can participate in theater workshops before the shows. $8-$15.

Storybook Musical Theatre's Beauty & the BeastAt the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope on Fri. & Sat.: Sleeping Beauty (July 2-3), The Enchantment of Beauty & the Beast (July 9-10), Snow White (July 16-17), The Little Mermaid (July 23-24), Aladdin & His Wonderful Magical Lamp (July 30-Aug. 7), Cinderella (Aug. 13-14), Little Red Riding Hood (Aug. 20-21) and Alice in Wonderland (Aug. 27-Sept. 4).

Curious George Live! at the Wachovia Center in Phila., Fri.-Sat., Aug. 20-21.

Beauty and the Beast, presented by Storybook Musical Theatre at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon Valley. Tues-Sat., July 27-Aug. 7.


FREE “A Global Kaleidoscope,” Young Peoples’ Concert Series at the Mann Center for Performing Arts in Phila.: Philadelphia Boys Choir, Wed., July 7; Kenya ALIVE!, Wed., July 14; Fiddlin’ in Philly, Wed., July 21; Rhapsody of Rock with Rock School for Dance Education, Tues., Aug. 3; and Dance Voyage with Cambodian, African & other international dancers, Tues., Aug. 10. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Musicals & Broadway

UDPAC Summer StageChildren’s Theater on the Summer Stage at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center (UDPAC): Magic Up Our Sleeve, a musical review; Yo, Vikings!, about a curious girl & a Viking ship; The Wizard of Oz; Captain Louie, following a boy’s imaginary journey on his little red plane; Cinderella; and Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. Ages 4 & up, free babysitting provided for those too young to enjoy the show quietly. Wed.-Fri., July 14-Aug. 20. $5-$8.

West Side Story on the Mainstage at UDPAC, Fri.-Sat., Aug. 6-7 & 13-14. Families with pre-teens & older.  $9-$12.

Fiddler on the Roof at Walnut Street Theatre in Phila. through Sun., July 18. $10-$75.


Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's Robin HoodShakespeare in the Park: Measure for Measure at Gazebo Park in Bryn Mawr, part of the Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert series, Sat., July 17. $10, ages 16 & younger free.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University in Center Valley: Robin Hood, through Aug. 7, all ages, & Shakespeare for Kids, July 28-Aug. 7, ages 4-10. $9-$15.

TV Characters

Dora the Explorer presented by Theatre Arts Center at Bristol Riverside Theatre, Sat., July 10 & Fri., July 16, and at the Sellersville Theater, Fri., July 9. $8.

The WigglesThe Wiggles Circus Live! Tour at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Sat., Aug. 21. $15-$75. Visit www.livenation.com for tickets.

Win Wiggles tickets! Designer Spaces' "Kid's Spaces" show on We TV is giving away a mega Wiggles prize: tickets to see the Wiggly Circus, backstage passes & DVDs! Enter for your chance to win before July 15 on the Designing Spaces website.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Phila., Sun., Aug. 29. $40.50-$50.50.

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