Take your kids to 1930’s New York, a fabulous chocolate factory and a magical castle where the fair princess lets down her hair… Take them to the theater! There are a variety of family-friendly summer shows at venues throughout the state, and your whole family will enjoy the magic of these stories.
Some options include:
Enjoy the musical Willy Wonka in a beautiful, outdoor setting in Portsmouth’s Prescott Park. Adapted from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this is a classic tale about the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. Runs each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through August 26.
The Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, ME offers a wonderful opportunity for children to both watch and participate in live theater. Their summer camp program allows children to learn about drama and then take the stage during Saturday and Sunday matinee shows. This season, audiences can enjoy “Alice and Wonderland”, the “Berenstain Bears”, “Rapunzel” and more!
The Rochester Opera House presents their Summer Picnic Series, which includes a number of shows for children, including musician Susie Burke, dynamic musical duo Julie and Brownie, and a modern take on the “Wizard of Oz”. Additionally, talented local teens from ROH’s summer theater camp perform a high-spirited mix of popular tunes. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy the shows!
Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord presents “Golden Bird”, the story of three brothers competing on a quest to capture a golden bird, a golden horse, and a princess in a golden castle. Which brother will win in this classic French fairy tale?
The Fiddler on the Roof is a wonderful show for the whole family. The Leddy Center in Epping brings the beloved Broadway musical to life, with well-known songs such as “If I Were A Rich Man”, “Sunrise, Sunset”, and many more.
Leapin’ Lizards! Interlakes Summer Theater in Meredith presents “Annie”, the popular musical about the comic strip heroine of the same name. Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, as she embarks on a variety of adventures. Meet the evil Miss Hannigan, who runs the NY orphanage, Oliver Warbucks, the billionaire that Annie captivates, and her sidekick, a loveable mutt named Sandy. You’ll know all the words to the popular songs, such as “The Sun will Come Out Tomorrow,” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile.”
These shows will transport you (and your kids) to magical places – and will inspire you to tap your toes and sing along!