Take a break from homework, projects and after-school sports and activities for some special parent-and-kid time with some of the great shows coming up for kids this fall.
We found selections for all ages, from tots to teens.
CRITICâS PICKS: KIDSâ SHOWS
1 PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL Expect a whole lot of pink in the house â" and onstage â" when Dallas Childrenâs Theater kicks off its 29th season with a âpink-out.â Everyone is encouraged to wear pink for the opening night of the musical adaptation of the popular Pinkalicious book about what happens to a little girl who eats one too many pink cupcakes. Be sure to take a good look at the costumes for the bees, butterflies and birds. Costume designer Lyle Huchton whipped them up from a design by 10-year-old Hockaday School student Lily Forbes, who won first place in DCTâs design contest. You can see other fabulous designs by contestants on the walls in the theater lobby.
Want more? The company is planning a Pinkalicious party with a visit from Pinkaliciousâ friend Purplicious, a Pinktastic lunch, cupcakes, games, etiquette and song and dance lessons, and a keepsake photo. And, as usual, kids are welcome to head backstage after the show for autographs and pictures with the cast.
Sept. 21-Oct. 21 at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St., Dallas. The party will be Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and tickets include the 1:30 performance. $14-$40 for play, $98-$112 for party and play tickets for two. 214-740-0051. dct.org.
2 IMAGINATION MOVERS LIVE! Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty, the friends behind the Emmy-winning Imagination Movers on the Disney Channel, are bringing their 2012 Rock-O-Matic Tour to Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie. Expect favorite songs from their popular TV series about four friends who solve problems through creativity and teamwork in their Idea Warehouse, new material from their Rock-O-Matic CD-DVD, silliness and lots of interaction and dancing.
Sept. 28 at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie. $19.50-$39.50. 972-854-5050. axs.com
3 THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYERIntroduce kids to a classic as Casa MaÃ±ana presents a musical adaptation of Mark Twainâs story about Tom, his friend Huckleberry Finn and Tomâs sweetheart Becky Thatcher, with adventures that span mysterious caves, a graveyard and buried treasure. The show kicks off the 50th season. Donât forget to stick around in the lobby to get autographs and take pictures with the cast.
Oct. 12-Oct. 28 at Casa MaÃ±ana, 3101 Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $16-$24. 817-332-2272. casamanana.org.
4 THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK So many children are required to read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl in school, and this is a great opportunity to see this poignant tale of the Holocaust, seen through a young teenâs eyes, brought to life on stage. Artisan Center Theater is working with the Frances Goodrich-Albert Hackett script edited by Anneâs father, the late Otto Frank, which won the 1956 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Critics Circle Award.
While Anne Frank is aimed at older children and performed as part of the companyâs main-stage season, younger kids may want to check out the Artieâs Playhouse fare on Fridays afternoons and Saturday mornings. Coming up: The Big Bad Musical, in which fairy tale characters put Mr. Wolf on trial and the audience decides if heâs guilty or not.
Artisan Center Theater, 418 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst. 817-284-120. artisanct.com.
The Diary of Anne Frank: Oct. 12-Nov. 10. $14-$18, $7-$9 for ages 12 and younger.
The Big Bad Musical: Oct. 13-Nov. 10. $5.
5 OPERA FOR KIDS Magic beans and an operatic voice â" what more could a kid want? Tickets go on sale Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. for three performances that are part of the Dallas Operaâs family programming this fall.
Jack and the Beanstalk features soprano Hannah Riggs as Jack, mezzo-soprano Emily Hueske as Mother/Wife and bass Travis McGuire as Giant/Trouble, with staging by DCTâs Nancy Schaeffer. A kickoff event will feature lobby activities, including a special sports guest to be announced who will introduce kids to a new TDO Kids Book Club.
The Dallas Opera Family Concert will feature mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider, baritone David Pershall and maestro Christian Capocaccia. Thereâll also be arts activities in the lobby.
Doctor Miracle sports a Southern Methodist University cast made up of soprano Coretta Smith as Laurette, mezzo-soprano Rachel Alexander as Veronica, baritone Njabulo Mthimkhulu as the Mayor, and tenor Zach Hess in the triple role of Silvio/Pasquin/Doctor Miracle.
Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $5. 214-443-1000. dallasopera.org.
Jack and the Beanstalk: Oct. 27, with the kickoff event at 12:30 p.m. and the show at 2 p.m.
The Dallas Opera Family Concert: Nov. 4, with arts activities in the lobby at noon, and the concert at 2 p.m.
Doctor Miracle: Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.
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