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Take a Magic Carpet Ride

Performing arts organizations take center stage this month as the curtain rises on the fall Family Arts Series. Check out our calendar, then introduce your family to the Nutcracker, Gustafer Yellowgold, or Alice in Wonderland.

photograph by Jérémie Battaglia

Ballet Memphis

737-7322 • Balletmemphis.org

 

Nutcracker at The Orpheum

December 13-15. Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at
2 & 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m.
Ballet Memphis’ holiday production features over 100 dancers, live orchestra, choir, sets, and costumes.
$7-$72. Group discounts available.

 

Bartlett Performing

Arts & Conference Center
385-6440 • Bpacc.org

 

TheatreKids

November 21-24. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Chatterbox Audio Theatre collaborates with TheatreKids for this fully soundscaped audio performance based on Alice in Wonderland using special scripts, microphones, and other technical elements. $8/person.

 

The Nutcracker Ballet

December 12-15, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m.
Holiday performance takes families on a trip to a magical land of snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s musical score. $15/person.

 

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School

537-1483 • Buckmanartscenter.com

 

Magic Carpet Ride: Russian Ballet and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker

Saturday, November 2, at 10 a.m.
Roudnev Youth Ballet transports children to Tchaikovsky’s magic land of the Nutcracker Suite to explore Russian ballet. A holiday classic. Ages 2-8. $5/child with adult.

 

Dance Scholars, Inc.

301-3262 • Dancescholarsinc.org

27th Annual “Students’ Works & Dances” at Southwest Tennessee Community College Theatre

Saturday, December 14, at 7 p.m.
Features guest choreographer and musicians. Ages 5 and up. $12/adult. $10/child. Advance discounts available.

 

Desoto Family Theatre

(662)-470-2131 • Dftonline.org

 

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at The Landers Center Theater in Southaven, MS

November 29-December 15.
Show features songs including “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” and “Something There.” $22/adult. $15/child.

 

Germantown Community Theatre

937-3023 • Gctcomeplay.org
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
November 30-December 8. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Three actors perform this story in addition to sharing Christmas traditions from around the world and singing carols. $21/adult. $10/child under 12.

 

The Wizard of Oz at The Belz Theatre in Memphis Jewish Community Center

December 11-20. Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 2:30 & 7 p.m.
Come join Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. $25/adult. $10/child under 12.

 

Germantown Performing Arts Centre

751-7500 • GPACweb.com

 

Peanut Butter and Jam Session: Wild Willy

Saturday, October 26, at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Wild Willy complete with banjo, guitar, mandolin, hand drums, and other old-time instruments entertains children playing classics like “Old McDonald,” and “She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain.” Ages 8 and under. $8/child with two adults.

 

Special Peanut Butter and Jam Session: Gustafer Yellowgold

Saturday, November 9, at 10:30 a.m.
A multi-media performance by Gustafer Yellowgold features live music, animated illustrations, and storytelling for children. Ages 8 and under. $8/person.

 

Family Series: Pinocchio by Theatre Tout a Trac

Friday, November 22, at 7 p.m.
Tout a Trac revisits the story of the boy, carved from a talking piece of wood, who discovers the meaning of growing up through a thousand trials. $20/adult. $15/child.

 

GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, November 24, at 3 p.m.
Under Dr. Pu-Qi Jang, GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra opens their fifth season with this performance. $10/person

 

IRIS Orchestra

751-7669 • Irisorchestra.com

 

Family Saturday Series: Melodies from Native Lands at GPAC – Duncan-Williams Performance Hall

Saturday, November 16, from 9-11 a.m.
Features an instrument petting zoo, crafts, and chamber music in GPAC Lobby followed by a clarinet performance by Alexander Fiterstein at the concert hall. $5.

 

Memphis Symphony Orchestra

537-2525 • MemphisSymphony.org       

 

Family Tunes & Tales at Central, Bartlett, Cordova, & Germantown Libraries, & Burch Library Collierville

On Saturday, October 19, from 11 a.m. until noon
Memphis Symphony Orchestra ensembles bring children’s classic to life through storytelling, instrumental music, and interaction with musicians. Ages 3-8 years. Free.

 

Family Tunes & Tales at Central, Bartlett, Cordova, & Germantown Libraries, & Burch Library Collierville

Saturday, November 23, from 11 a.m. until noon
Memphis Symphony Orchestra ensembles bring children’s classic to life through storytelling, instrumental music, and interaction with musicians. Ages 3-8 years. Free.

 

Playhouse on the Square and the Circuit Playhouse

726-4656 • Playhouseonthesquare.org

 

Peter Pan at Playhouse on the Square

November 22 through January 5
A musical based on the play by James M. Barrie features songs including “I Gotta Crow,” “Neverland,” and “I’m Flying.” $15-$40.

 

Tennessee Shakespeare Company

759-0604 • Tnshakespeare.org

 

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Dixon Gallery & Gardens

November 20 through December 8 at 7 p.m.
Adapted by Joe Landry from the Frank Capra film and directed by Stephanie Shine, this radio play celebrates life and the holidays. Free Will Kids Night (November 21 & 28, December 5): $15. General admission: $30.

 

Theatre Memphis

682-8323 • Theatrememphis.org

 

A Christmas Carol

December 6-23.
Dickens’ holiday classic returns for its 36th season with Barry Fuller as Ebenezer Scrooge. $30/adult. $10/child.

 

The Orpheum Theatre

525-3000 • Orpheum-memphis.com

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

Friday, November 1, at 6:30 p.m. & Saturday, November 2, at 11 a.m.
Mermaid Theatre presents a stage adaptation of Eric Carle stories including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud, and The Mixed-Up Chameleon in black light using puppetry. Pre-show activities one hour before showtime. Ages 3+. $15-$25. Four-pack ($40) & group discounts.

 

Stuart Little

On Tuesday, November 26, at 6:30 p.m.
The Dallas Children’s Theater brings E. B. White’s timeless tale to life as Stuart learns to survive in the human world by discovering the true meaning of family and friendship. Pre-show activities in the lobby one hour before showtime. Ages 6+. $15-$25. Package and group discounts available.

 

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