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Kid and family theater and performances in Philadelphia and its suburbs

Your 2013 Fall Guide to kids' and family performances in the Philadelphia area and its suburbs.

Bucks County

Ventriloquist Kevin Johnson

Ventriloquist Kevin Johnson may put words in your mouth when he performs Oct. 11-13 at the Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol, PA.

Chester County

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

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 Broadway, Nov. 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.

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. 8; The Nutcracker, Nov. 22-24; and The Best Time of the Year, Dec. 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 Brown, Oct. 11-20; and The Velveteen Rabbit, Nov. 30-Dec. 14.

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

Montgomery County

Robin Hood comes to the Montgomery Theater in Souderton, PA, Oct. 18-27.

Family Stages performs shows at various locations. See Toad’s Escape in Ambler, PA in October; Peter Pan in Ambler & Trappe, PA in November; and Snow White in Ambler & Trappe, PA, in December.

Head to Act 1 DeSales University Theatre, a bit north of Montgomery County in Center Valley, PA, for a silly twist on a Christmastime classic: The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge plays Dec. 4-14.

Based on the Hollywood hit, Shrek the Musical makes its way to the Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown, PA, Dec. 5-22.

Check out a special kids’ performance, Murray the Elf and the Case of the Terrifying Tinsel, Dec. 21-28 at the Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA.


Find performances specifically for kids at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia: Seussical Jr., Sept. 21 & 28; and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Nov. 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 School, Dec. 4-Feb. 9 at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, for ages 5 & up. 

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