Now that it’s February, Spring is around the corner! One fun way to celebrate the warming temperatures is by taking in one of the many amazing plays and performances in the greater Kalamazoo area with your kids, and supporting the arts.
There’s something for every age and budget in this list, but please make sure to read the synopsis to determine if a performance is appropriate for the age of your child before buying tickets. So, get out your calendar and pencil in a date with your kiddos to catch a great show!
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At Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo on February 16 at 7:30 pm.
- The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism.
Performed by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra on February 19 at 3:00 pm in the Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo.
- KSO’s Resident Conductor Daniel Brier will lead the orchestra as they tell the story of a young boy and a magic traveling trunk. Witness the extraordinary life of Mozart through the eyes of his young son. Young Karl travels back in time to Mozart’s childhood where they share adventure, understanding, and discover the common bonds they share. This semi-staged production is in collaboration with Classical Kids LIVE!.
- The KSO’s Family Discovery Series offers a delightfully entertaining introduction to music for children ages four and up. These programs feature symphonic music, dance and interactive drama for a lively and educational family experience. Each concert lasts about one hour.
By the Western Michigan University Theatre Department at Shaw Theatre in Kalamazoo from March 10 – March 19.
- Jeremy is trying to survive bullies, crushes, and sixth grade art class, when he finds himself responsible for a very unique egg. While raising a dragon, Jeremy learns to believe in magic, friendship and the power of love. Sophisticated, magical puppetry and digital effects will bring the world of Jeremy Thatcher and his dragon to life. The production is produced in collaboration with Education for the Arts. Come play with us one hour before the show for crafts, puppetry, and face painting! “A tale of friendship and the power of love featuring magical puppets that inspire the imagination.”
By the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo on March 11 at 3:00 pm.
- For the first time ever, Disney and Pixar release their Academy Award winning film, RATATOUILLE in high-definition on the big screen while the beloved score, by composer Michael Giacchino, is performed live by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.
By the Civic Youth Theatre at The Civic in Kalamazoo from March 24 – March 31.
- Meet Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time will soon run out – and if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity! Based on the original Broadway production, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a wonderful adaptation of the well-loved story of transformation and tolerance.
By Western Michigan University’s Theatre Department at Williams Theatre in Kalamazoo from April 7 – April 22.
- Motown meets the yellow brick road in this Tony Award-winning musical that needs no introduction!
By The Civic Youth Theatre at Parish Theatre in Kalamazoo from May 19 – May 27.
- Under the floor boards, as cozy as you please, Arriety Clock and her parents, Homily and Pod, live a quiet little life. They just borrow whatever they may need, like a teacup from the dollhouse that is just the right size for them. Arriety, a typical teen yearning to experience the grown-up world, longs to go upstairs, to help her father with the borrowing. But after what happened to her cousin Eggletina (an incident with a cat that no one speaks of) it is forbidden. But then the Boy who lives upstairs, so big and so lonely, sees her father. “And that’s how the whole world changes shape.” Forced to flee the house to save themselves, the Clocks begin the journey of a lifetime out in the wide, and ever so large, world. As they struggle to survive they make new friends and learn that, maybe, the world isn’t such a scary place after all.
MORE THEATRE PERFORMANCES
By Indian Lake Elementary at Indian Lake Elementary in Vicksburg on February 20 with free admission. Also by Sunset Elementary at Sunset Elementary in Vicksburg on March 6 with free admission.
- Rats! The town of Hamelin is overrun with them and the citizens are in a tizzy… until the mysterious Pied Piper appears, offering to solve their dilemma for a small fee.
By The Center Stage Theatre and Beautiful City Theatre at The Comstock Community Auditorium in Kalamazoo from February 24 – February 26.
- This Broadway show is composed of various musical parables from The Gospel According to Matthew. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them various lessons through song and dance. Toward the end of the second act, the show begins to follow a more linear narrative as Jesus is betrayed by Judas and eventually crucified.
By Disney on Ice at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids from March 2 – March 5.
- Nothing can stop a princess from a courageous adventure when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream skates into to your hometown. Join your hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they share the heroic stories of four of your favorite Disney Princesses. Laugh along with Disney’s hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus embark on an uproarious expedition that soars to new heights! Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as she escapes from the Evil Queen. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! Watch as Cinderella’s dreams come true with a little help from her animal friends and the Fairy Godmother. Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, in a magical, musical journey. Make memories your whole family will treasure for a lifetime, while dancing and singing along, as the Disney Princesses inspire you to Dream Big!
By Vicksburg Performing Arts Center at the Vicksburg Performing Arts Center from March 17 – March 26 in Vicksburg.
- The age-old tale of Boy-Meets-Girl and the complications which ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical puts it on stage better than ANYTHING GOES. This show is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores. It’s a wonder that all the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the magical ship where ANYTHING GOES!
By Paw Paw High School at the Paw Paw Performing Arts Center in Paw Paw from March 17 – March 19.
- The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.
A live performance in Benton Harbor at The Mendel Center on March 18.
- Attention Odd Squad fans! Things are about to get very odd in YOUR town, and Ms. O needs YOU to help solve the case. ODD SQUAD LIVE! is springing into action on stage in this action-packed, laugh-out-loud adventure where kids get to participate in solving a seriously strange case. When agents Orion and Oleanna get turned into grown-ups by villains, it’s up to the kids in the audience to use their math skills and help the agents decode, decipher and unravel clues. With a little help from Ms. O back at headquarters, the agents and audience members work together to save the day. Some lucky fans will even get to join the fun on stage and use amazing Odd Squad gadgets!
As part of the Broadway in West Michigan series, playing at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo from March 24 – March 26.
- Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.
By the Grand Rapids Symphony at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids on March 25 at 3:00 pm.
- You haven’t seen anything like it! The story of the Emperor’s New Clothes told through music, and joined by a live illustrator. Sit back and enjoy the concert while the story appears before your eyes on the big screen!
By HPA Kids! at Comstock Community Auditorium in Kalamazoo on April 17 at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.
- Pooh Bear and all of his friends from the classic children’s books and animated film band together to rescue their friend, Christopher Robin.
By FCA Theatre at the Family Center for the Arts in Portage from April 21 – April 23.
- A delightful, easy-to-stage adaptation of the famous classic by the author of The Secret Garden. Sara Crewe, heiress to a large fortune, is enrolled at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies in Victorian England. At first her life is happy, but news arrives that her father has died and her fortune is lost. Sara is forced to become a servant, scrubbing cobblestones and washing cooking kettles. She must live in a miserable attic room that seems no better than a prison cell. When a mysterious gentleman from India takes the house next door, some strange and curious things begin to happen. In time, Sara even discovers that her fortune has been retrieved. When things turn out splendidly for our clever Sara, it’s no wonder she feels just like a little princess.
Created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia and showing at The Mendel Center in Benton Harbor on April 22.
- Get ready for the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making – as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour through prehistoric Australia. You’ll observe, meet, and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t! You won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining, and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia.
By Homeschool Performing Arts in at The Comstock Community Auditorium in Kalamazoo from April 28 – May 6.
- Disney’s Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way! Delightfully full of song, dance and trusty umbrella, Mary Poppins and her sooty sidekick, Bert, transform the unhappy world of a banker’s two children, Jane and Michael, into a magical fantasyland. Full of chimney sweeps, statues that come to life and toys that think for themselves, this wondrous award winning musical will soar to the highest height.
At the Paw Paw Performing Arts Center from May 12 – May 13 in Paw Paw, a Middle School Musical.
- In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice.
At the Devos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids on May 21 at 1:00 pm.
The wildly popular PBS KIDS® television show, WILD KRATTS, is coming to the live stage. Animated Kratt Brothers Martin and Chris “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off “To the Creature Rescue!” the Emmy-nominated Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal “wow facts,” the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.