Chicago proudly boasts about its terrific live theater, and children's productions are no exception. From national tours (think "Mary Poppins") to the tiniest park district productions, families can find performances to fit any age, schedule or price point. Here are three to see in November.
1) The Princess
and the Pea
With its penchant for turning fairy tales on their ears, Chicago Kids Company will delight young audiences with this musical adaptation of a classic story. Is she really a princess? How high do those mattresses go? Does the prince get the princess? Find out the answers through catchy music, clever costumes and even some audience participation.
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center
Through Nov. 23. (773) 205-9600
2) The Witches
Chicago Playworks brings Roald Dahl's not-too-scary tale to life. Follow along as Boy and his grandmother face off against witches and discover the power of mind over matter. Chicago Playworks is a wonderful showcase for DePaul Theatre School actors, combining classic stories with urban and diverse interpretations. Recommended for kids 7 and up.
DePaul's Merle Reskin Theatre
Through Dec. 3. (312) 922-1999
3) The 13 Clocks
Lifeline Theater lives up to its mission of "big stories, up close" with the world premiere adaptation of another delightful adventure tale. Join Prince Zorn of Zorna as he races to save the heroine, complete with puppetry, songs, monsters and magic spells. Children truly feel part of the action in this intimate space. Recommended for kids 5 and up; children under 2 not permitted.
Through Dec. 4. (773) 761-4477
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
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