Taking the kids to see live theatre is such a fun experience. It’s really adorable to watch young faces light up with joy and hear their giggles of happiness as they engage in storytelling, music and magic that comes with live performances. This fall, there are many awesome productions scheduled in Austin. Here’s a roundup of these events so you can mark your calendars and get your tickets.
Fall Family Theatre in Austin:
–> Disney’s Newsies @ Bass Concert Hall
September 27 – October 2
Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies is based on true events, and tells the story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are. Tickets range from $25 – $125 which you can purchase online here.
–> Rosita y Conchita @ Austin Scottish Rite Theater
October 1 – 30
Rosita y Conchita is a Día de los Muertos Play in English and Spanish about Ttwo sisters who try to reunite on the Day of the Dead. Along the way Rosita keeps getting lost, but she miraculously finds her way to Conchita through familiar sounds and images. Kids of all ages will love the rhyming bilingual dialogue and touching images. Based on the award-winning children’s book Rosita y Conchita by Erich Haeger and Eric González. Tickets are $8 for children and $12 for adults, which you can purchase here.
–> Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Octonauts Live features songs led by the entire Octonauts eight-member crew including Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, as they invite audiences aboard an underwater quest through a world full of adventure, interactivity, and tons of sea life surprises. This is a high-tech production featuring costume characters and animated projections to a massive screen on stage. Tickets start at $26 and can be purchased here.
–> Charlotte’s Web @ ZACH Theatre
October 14 – December 3
Based on the classic children’s book, this tells the story of Charlotte the spider who weaves a path to freedom for a pig named Wilbur in this heartwarming tale of friendship and devotion. This production features bluegrass music and aerial artists from partner Sky Candy. Tickets start at $16, which you can purchase online here or call the box office at 512-476-0541 x1.
–> Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! @ The Long Center
Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences. Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online here.
–> The Man Who Planted Trees @ Paramount Theater
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks Service with The Man Who Planted Trees. In this ecologically inspired tale, a French shepherd sets out to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland acorn by acorn. Their uplifting and unforgettable story shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. Based on the book by Jean Giono. Best for kids in 2nd – 8th grade. Tickets are $22 which you can purchase here.–> Annie @ The Long Center
November 25 & 26
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. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online here.
–> A Christmas Carol @ ZACH Theatre
November 23 – December 31
Each year, ZACH’s A Christmas Carol features new hit songs and reimagined carols that create an infectious spirit that will have everyone dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s fresh and inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes the traditional Victorian setting and costumes with a modern musical score that spans all genres. Recommended for ages 6 & up. Tickets start at $29, which you can purchase online here or call the box office at 512-476-0541 x1.
–> Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella @ Bass Concert Hall
The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of Oklahoma! and The King and I is delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online here.
We hope you have a great time at the theatre!
* Main image credit: Evan Teich