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Kid and family theater and performances in Delaware

Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia performs Seussical Jr.Your 2013 Fall Guide to kids' and family performances in Delaware and Philadelphia.

Kent County

Travel to the future at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover, DE, where a performance of Time Machine hits the stage Nov. 9-10. Then check out The Wizard of Oz, Nov. 22-23.

The adventurous Treasure Island entertains audiences Nov. 16-17 at the Smyrna Opera House in DE. Later in the season, take the kids to see the classic The Sound of Music, Dec. 13-15.

Big Philly Performances
The Academy of Music at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia features two big-name performances a little later this season. Catch Disney’s Beauty & the Beast on BroadwayNov. 26-Dec. 1, and of course, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, by the Pennsylvania Ballet, runs Dec. 7-Dec. 29. Visit Kimmelcenter.org/rush for opportunities to buy discounted community rush tickets to select performances.

Speaking of discounts at the Kimmel Center, the venue provides plenty of free programming, including the PNC Grow Up Great Concert Series for young children and Sittin’ In, a free live music show in the Commonwealth Plaza. Check  Kimmelcenter.org/free for updates.

New Castle County

Check out special kids performances at the DuPont Theatre’s Children’s Series in Wilmington, DE. This season, watch Skippyjon Jones, Oct. 22-23; Stone Soup, Nov. 12; Jigsaw Jones and the Case of the Class Clown, Dec. 10; and The Teacher from the Black Lagoon & Other Story Books, Dec. 12. The theater’s Broadway series includes The Addams Family, Oct. 29-Nov. 3; and West Side Story, Dec. 3-8.

The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE, features Aladdin & Other Enchanting Tales, Nov. 24; and The Nutcracker, Dec. 21-22.

Check out the holiday mainstay Miracle on 34th Street, Dec. 13-28, performed by the Wilmington Drama League in DE.

The Clear Space Theatre Company in Rehoboth Beach, DE, features the holiday classic A Christmas Carol, Nov. 29-Dec. 22.

Sussex County

Make your way down the rabbit hole as Second Street Players in Milford, DE, perform Alice in Wonderland, Nov. 29-Dec. 8.

Chester County, PA

Cinderella: A Musical Panto serves up the popular storybook tale with a side of slapstick, Nov. 20-Jan. 12 at People’s Light & Theatre Company in Malvern, PA.

Check out the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA, for a series of shows including classic movies accompanied by live music, concerts & puppet shows.

Delaware County, PA

Kids star in Annie Jr., for kids ages 3 & up, at Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, PA, Sept. 7-Oct. 5.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center in Drexel Hill, PA, features a new slant on a classic fairytale, RapunzelNov. 8The NutcrackerNov. 22-24; and The Best Time of the YearDec. 20.

Travel to the Land of Oz — temporarily located at the Media Theatre for the Performing Arts in Media, PA — Oct. 5-Nov. 17, for to see The Wizard of Oz Junior.

Kids & grownups alike will enjoy beloved adaptations of classics at the Players Club of Swarthmore in Swarthmore, PA: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie BrownOct. 11-20; and The Velveteen RabbitNov. 30-Dec. 14.

Catch a performance of Cinderella for one weekend only, Oct. 25-27 at the Spotlight Theatre in Swarthmore, PA.

Philadelphia

Find performances specifically for kids at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia: Seussical Jr., Sept. 21 & 28; and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas CarolNov. 30-Dec. 22. Another family fave, the Broadway musical Elf (based on the funny film starring Will Ferrell), is part of the theater’s Mainstage Series, Nov. 5-Jan. 5.

The Storybook Musical Theatre performs Princess and the Pea beginning Nov. 19 through mid-January, at multiple locations: the Klein JCC Theater and Bluett Theater at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and the Gratz College Theater in Melrose Park, PA.

Journey to a strange school where kids turn into apples during Sideways Stories from Wayside SchoolDec. 4-Feb. 9 at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, for ages 5 & up. 

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