Scroll down to see what's gracing the stages of Massachusetts theatres this summer and beyond. You'll find something new to experience! Enjoy the show!
Castle Hill Theatre presents Bremen Town Musicians. Eric Carle Picture Book Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst.
Sat., July 10, 1 and 3 p.m. .
(Also July 11, 3 p.m.). This favorite old fairy tale, tells the story of a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster, who are forced to leave their homes and make their way in the world. $7
tickets: 413-658-1126 (does not include Museum Admission). picturebookart.org.
The Night of The Living Beauty Pageant at Barre Players Theater, 64 Common St., Barre. July 19-22 Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. The comedy by Tim Kelly is a Youth Summer Production. Tickets: $14; $12 Senior; $10 student; $7 children age 12 and under. Reservations: 978-355-2096 or 800-733-2096. Visit www.barreplayers.homestead.com.
Children's Shows at the North Shore Music Theatre. Beverly. Fridays, 10 a.m. July 16: Parachute Express (also an 11 a.m. show); July 23: Cinderella; Aug. 13: Goldilocks and the Three Bears; Aug. 20: Jack and the Beanstalk. Tickets $8 - $12. nsmt.org.
Yo Gabba Gabba Live! The Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theatre, Boston. Featuring hip hop legend, Biz Markie. Sat., Sept. 25, 2 and 5 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 26, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. citicenter.org.
FREE Plays in the Park. Boston Harbor Island Alliance,
Georges Island, Boston. 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and 1 - 1:45 p.m. Through August 27. Audience participation welcome in these plays designed especially for kids. On July 9 and 23, and August 6, City Stage is presenting "The History and Adventures of Tom Thumb." On July 2, 16, and 30 and August 27, City Stage is presenting "Folktales Near and Far." On August 13 and 20, Kidstock is presenting Pirates of Pencils - "The Adventures of Captain Blackboard." Ferry fares: A $14, Sr. (age 65+) $10. Family Four-Packs are $39, C (3 – 11) $8, under 3, free. 617-223-8108,bostonharborislands.org.
Puppet Shows. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. Sundays, 1 p.m. in July. Shows are between 45 minutes and one hour in length. $10pp. 617-731-6400. To view a complete schedule, visit puppetshowplace.org.
The Southshore Music Circus Performances. 130 Sohier St., Cohasset. All shows at 10:30 a.m. Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats, July 3; Cinderella, July 22; The Three Little Pigs, July 29 ; Snow White, Aug. 5; Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Aug. 13; Jack and the Beanstalk, Aug. 19. Most seats $8.25 each. 800-745-3000 or visit www.themusiccircus.org.
The Cape Cod Center for the Arts Cape Playhouse, Dennis. Performances at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.Thurs., July 1: The Bubble Show; Fri., July 2: A Pirate's Life; Thurs., July 8: Magic Dave; Fri., July 9: The Last Dragon on Earth; Thurs., July 15: Alice in Wonderland; Fri., July 16: Treasure Island; Thurs., July 22: A Rockn' Good Time; Fri., July 23: Egadz Variety Show; Thurs., July 29: Cinderella; Fri., July 30: Sleeping Beauty; Thurs., Aug. 5: High Peaks Comedy Juggling; Fri., Aug. 6: The Villain's Moustache; Thurs., Aug. 12: Stevesongs; Fri., Aug. 13: Magic & More; Thurs., Aug. 19: Judy's Tune Room; Fri., Aug. 20: Professor Winklebottom's Madcap Vaudeville. Tickets: $11.75 - $9.95. 877-385-3911, capeplayhouse.com.
Concord Band Concerts. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 7:15 p.m. July 7: Red, White and Blue Patriotic Concert. Wed., July 21: Take Flight – Moon Landing Anniversary. Wed., July 28 : Summer Perspectives. Come enjoy a sunset picnic, spectacular views and the sounds of a 65-piece, symphonic wind ensemble. $10 per car. 978-897-9969, concordband.org.
Disney's Cinderella, Kids by Theater Too! Arts Alliance's Summer Drama Workshop, Hudson High School, 69 Brigham St. Fri., July 16, 1 p .m. The timeless fairy tale mixed with the magic of Disney in an enchanting musical performed by area students in grades 3-5, preceded by "Aesop's Fables," brief play by grades 1-3. $5 PP. 978-562-1646
Into the Woods by Youth Theater. Hudson Area Arts Alliance's Summer Drama Workshop, Hudson High School Auditorium, 69 Brigham St. Fri., July 30, 7 p.m. Fractured fairy tales intertwining many Brothers Grimm plots into a moving lesson on community responsibility and the stories we tell our children. 2+ hour long musical written by Stephen Sondheim, performed by talented teens. . A $14, C $12. 978-562-1646, upwitharts.org.
Steve Songs. Indian Hill Music, 36 King St., Littleton. Sat., Sept. 11: 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Two fun family concerts with popular children's performer and PBS Kids star Steve Roslonek and his band. $15 PP. 978-486-9524, indianhillmusic.org
Children's Concert on the Common. Natick. Thurs., July 1, 7 p.m. Wayne Potash Music Fun Band provides great entertainment for children and families. natick4th.org.
Into the Woods. Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. July 14 – August 15 at St. Joseph High School, Pittsfield. August 10 – 15, Pete's Motors, Great Barrington. A retelling of several well-known fairy tales (Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood). The beloved fairy tale characters enter the woods, each looking for something. They are granted their wishes and then, in a clever turn of events, must face what it means to live "happily ever after." Tickets $8 - $15. barringtonstageco.org.
Shakespeare As It Was Intended. Plimoth Plantation, Hornblower II Vistor Ctr. 8.p.m. on Thursday and Friday evenings in July and August. Come see Shakespeare's plays performed as they were in England in the 17th century! Until 1662, women were not allowed to act on stage. Instead, female roles were played by young men dressed as women. The Plimoth Plantation Players are six men, authentically performing abridged versions of some of Shakespeare's best-loved plays. The all-male cast will present Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and The Tempest -- a Shakespeare play with possible ties to Plimoth Colony! $12 PP. 508-746-1622, plimoth.org
Into the Woods. Salem State Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. July 8-18 presented by Salem State alumni who work in the theatre industry, regional professionalsand select students who in many cases are having their first professional theatre experience. $20 - $25. salemstatetickets.com.
FREE Music Concert Series. Sweetwilliam Farm, 153 North St., Upton. Fridays, 7 – 8:30 p.m. through October. A FREE weekly outdoor concert series featuring a variety of fine local, regional and national performing artists. A relaxing evening; listen to wonderful music and view spectacular sunsets. Adults hang out at tables while children play in a protected lawn area.
Circus Smirkus 2010 Big Top Tour. Come see the international, award-winning, traveling youth circus! Kids – ages 11 to 18 – are stars, on highwire and trapeze, as clowns, jugglers, acrobats and more. Sun., July 23, 24, 25: Gore Place, Waltham, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tues., July 27 and Wed., July 28: Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich, 2 and 7 p.m. 877-SMIRKUS (1-877-764-7587), smirkus.org.
Hairspray. Reagle’s Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St., Waltham.
Starring Broadway's Marissa Perry as Tracy Turnblad
August 12 – 22. This toe-tapping musical comedy makes its Reagle debut. Can a larger-than-life adolescent manage to vanquish the program's reigning princess, integrate the television show and find true love (singing and dancing all the while, of course!) without mussing her hair? A show truly for all ages, Hairspray spans generational gaps in its appeal with something for the whole family.Times and tickets: 781-891-5600, reagleplayers.com
3rd Annual CBACT Children's Theatre Festival. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown. 9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Sat., July 17. An action packed day of performances in the Mosesian Theater and interactive workshops for all ages. $20 full day, $5 per show (includes workshop participation). 617-926-2787, cbact.org
Central Mass Outdoor Concerts. Goodale Field, Crescent St., West Boylston. Select Saturdays at 7 p.m. Bring a picnic, some glow-sticks and toys for the kids while you catch a variety of bands on Saturday nights throughout the summer. A$10, C (13 – 21) $5, Under 12, FREE. Sat., July 10: Time Slips Daily opening for Varsity Drag; Sat., July 17: Ruckus opening for Powerplay; Sat., Aug 28: Mellowmafia opening for Jason James & the Baystate Houserockers. wbaf.org. All proceeds help to save arts and music for West Boylston students. Rain Location: Major Edwards Elementary school.
Ecotarium Summer Concert Series: EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. Fridays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., rain or shine. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Concert-goers should bring lawn chairs and blankets (chairs are not provided). In threatening weather, concerts are held in a tent pavilion. Light dinners, snacks and beverages available. Beer and wine are available by the glass. Picnic baskets welcome, however, Massachusetts state law prohibits patrons from bringing alcoholic beverages. July 9: Shakura Saida; July 16: Frank Vignola Trio; July 23: Ken Hadley Big Band with Amanda Carr; July 30: The Mohegan Sun All-Stars.
$18 PP (includes museum admission). Free for children under 12. 508-929-2703, ecotarium.org.
Mummenschanz. The Hanover Theatre, Worcester. Tickets on sale July 6th for this October 26 show. Children and adults are pulled into a wondrous playful world. $18-$38. thehanovertheatre.org.
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