The best stage shows for kids in January and February
Mark your calendars for these family-friendly productions.
Fri Dec 16 2011
Photograph: Courtesy New Victory Theater
Dutch Theater Series at the New Vic: Hands Up
In this timely musical revival from the Vital Theatre Company, a bully and a nerd must join forces when a bus mix-up strands them at the wrong school together. Jan 14--Feb 26. McGinn/Cazale Theatre. Ages 3 to 12.
The boisterous barnyard animals of Doreen Cronin's hit picture book Click, Clac Moo: Cows That Type are back for another adventure. In the tale, Farmer Brown leaves his brother to care for the critters, who make up a new list of instructions for the neophyte (demands for pizza and move nights included). Manhattan Children's Theatre. Ages 4 and up.
Children work alongside the actors to create paper masks, costumes and set pieces for this festive musical, an adaptation of the Israeli children's book Hanna's Shabbat Dress. Jan 7--8, 13--15. 14th Street Y Theater. Ages 3 and up.
What were Martin Luther King Jr., Ben Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt like as kids? Families will find out in this time-traveling song-and-dance show, performed by TADA!'s talented cast of 8- to 18-year-old New Yorkers. Jan 20--Feb 19. TADA! Youth Theater. Ages 6 and up.
Atlantic for Kids tackles Eleanor Estes's book about a girl named Wanda who struggles to fit in at her elementary school because she lives in the "wrong" part of town and wears the same dress to school every day. Feb 19--Mar 11. Signature Theater's Peter Norton Space. Ages 6 to 13.
Central Park's charming Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre presents its latest puppet production: a contemporary sequel to the nursery rhyme, in which Miss Muffet and the spider must babysit a brood of little monsters. Jan 17--Sept 30. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Ages 3 to 9.
A brother and sister journey through the solar system in this nursery rhyme--inspired adventure, created by U.K. theater company Tall Stories in association with the scientists at the Royal Society. Feb 21 at 3pm. NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Ages 4 and up.
Zoem! New Dutch Theater
The New Victory imports four English-language plays from the Netherlands for this monthlong festival. Offerings include an eerie reworking of for tweens, and for little ones, the hands-as-puppets comedy Jan 6--29. Location and age range vary by show.